Looking back to the last notable phantom HBP: A.J. Pierzynski

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I had forgotten, but Jonny5 reminded me in the comments that A.J. Pierzynski acted his way on to first base back in April.  I commented on it at the time. The fact that I used it to leap into a pro wrestling digression is evidence that I didn’t think Pierzynski’s act was some awful transgression against man and nature, but I called it “totally weak” and “pretty damn weak.” I called his flopping “bush league theatrics.”

Which it was.  Jeter’s act was pretty damn weak too. Not so weak that it should change our assumptions about him or cause us to read more into it than it was, but it was weak. And funny. As was Pierzynski’s act. 

Daniel Murphy had microfracture surgery on his right knee

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The Nationals announced today that second baseman Daniel Murphy had surgery on his right knee. The surgery: a debridement and microfracture procedure, which is pretty major.

The team’s comment about Murphy’s prognosis makes it sound major too: “rehab will begin immediately and will progress throughout the offseason.” No timetable. Just that it “will progress.” Well, I’d hope so. Let’s see if he’s ready for spring training.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, hit 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI. Assuming he’s ready for the 2018 season, he’ll ply his trade for a new manager.