Carlos Santana placed on disabled list with sprained left knee

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Follow his ugly collision at home plate with Ryan Kalish last night Carlos Santana has been placed on the disabled list.
For now the Indians are calling his injury a sprained left knee and that would probably qualify as the best-case scenario given how gruesome things looked at the time, but the diagnosis presumably could change based on further testing.
Santana has been fantastic since debuting in mid-June, hitting .260/.401/.467 with six homers, 12 doubles, and 37 walks in 46 games for an .868 OPS that ranks as the 14th-best in baseball history for a 24-year-old catcher with at least 200 plate appearances.
Obviously it’d be great if the injury proves minor enough for him to return this season, but given their 45-61 record the Indians would probably be happy if he can simply avoid long-term damage. For now Lou Marson has been recalled from Triple-A to replace Santana behind the plate.

Masahiro Tanaka throws a Maddux

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You do know what a Maddux is, right? In case you forgot, it’s a complete game shutout in which the starter throws fewer than 100 pitches. Friend of HBT Jason Lukehart invented that little metric and, because Greg Maddux is my favorite player ever, it’s pretty much my favorite stat ever.

In the Yankees-Red Sox game tonight it was Masahiro Tanaka doing the honors, tossing 97-pitch three-hitter in which he only allowed one runner to reach second base to beat Boston 3-0. He only struck out three but he didn’t walk anyone. He retired the last 14 batters he faced.

Chris Sale was no slouch himself, striking out ten in eight innings. He’s pitched great this year but he’s not getting any help. The Sox have only scored four runs in his five starts. Boston has scored only 13 runs in their last seven games. They’ve been shut out three times in the past seven. They scored more runs than anyone last year, by the way.

The game only took two hours and twenty-one minutes. Or, like, half the time of a Yankees-Red Sox game in the early 2000s. Progress, people. We’re making progress.

Shelby Miller has a tear in his UCL, considering Tommy John surgery

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Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller has a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and is considering undergoing Tommy John surgery. Surgery would end Miller’s 2017 season and would cut into a significant portion — if not all — of his 2018 season as well.

Miller sent his MRI results to Dr. Neal ElAttrache and Dr. James Andrews for second and third opinions, respectively. He could choose to rehab his elbow rather than undergo surgery, but that comes with its own set of positives and negatives.

Miller lasted only four-plus innings in his most recent start on Sunday and carries a 4.09 ERA on the season, his second with the Diamondbacks. His time in Arizona has not gone well.