The Cardinals got a helping of bad news Wednesday. Kick a team while its down?
According to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, left-handed reliever Trever Miller flew back to St. Louis on Wednesday after complaining of discomfort and was diagnosed with a strained muscle in his throwing arm. Hummel says that Miller will be sidelined for “at least several more days.” Our guess is he won’t return for another two weeks, if not more.
It gets worse. Hummel also reports that third baseman David Freese underwent a procedure to repair ligament damage in his right ankle Wednesday in Vail, Colorado. Freese just had left ankle surgery in August and the combination of the two could hurt his availability for the start of the 2010 season.
Freese, a 27-year-old rookie, posted a solid .296/.361/.404 batting line, four home runs and 36 RBI in 240 at-bats before hitting the disabled list for good on June 29.
Miller, 37, has a 4.02 ERA and 1.21 WHIP over 31.1 innings. He’s held left-handed hitters to a .203/.292/.266 batting line.
Athletics southpaw Sean Manaea delivered his first career no-hitter against the Red Sox in a decisive 3-0 victory on Saturday night. Any thought of a perfect game was banished in the first at-bat, when Mookie Betts drew a leadoff six-pitch walk to open the first inning. From there, Manaea was nearly flawless, holding the Sox to four total baserunners and striking out 10 of 30 batters faced — a career record.
Manaea was gifted a three-run lead thanks to RBI doubles from Jed Lowrie and Stephen Piscotty and Marcus Semien‘s solo shot off of Chris Sale in the fifth inning. While the Red Sox managed to draw two walks off of Manaea, they didn’t come anywhere close to plating a run. Andrew Benintendi tried to break up the no-no in the sixth inning with an infield hit down the first base line, but strayed out of bounds and later saw his hit reversed on a call of batter interference.
Entering the ninth inning, the 26-year-old lefty was sitting at just 95 pitches through eight frames of no-hit ball. He quickly deposed Blake Swihart and Mookie Betts with a groundout and fly out, then walked Benintendi on seven pitches. Any threat the Red Sox might have posed was soon eliminated, however, as Hanley Ramirez ground into a force out to complete the no-hitter.
Manaea is the first A’s pitcher to toss a no-no since Dallas Braden’s perfect game against the Rays eight years ago. The last time the Red Sox were on the losing end of a no-hitter was also against an AL West rival, when the Mariners’ Chris Bosio clinched a 2-0 no-no on April 22, 1993. Manaea’s feat is even more outstanding given how dominant the Red Sox have looked this season: prior to Saturday’s defeat, they boasted a 17-2 record and had yet to be shut out during the regular season.