From David O’Brien of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution comes word that Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson was nailed in the eye with a ricocheted ball while taking batting practice before Game 1 of the NLDS Thursday in San Francisco.
Hanson, scheduled to start Game 2 on Friday, was hustled into the Braves’ clubhouse for further examination by the Atlanta medical team. For now, he’s still on tap to pitch tomorrow, but skipper Bobby Cox could always flip him with Game 3 starter Tim Hudson if there is too much swelling in the youngster’s eye socket.
Hanson, 27, posted an impressive 3.33 ERA and 1.17 WHIP over 34 starts this season, striking out 173 batters and walking only 56 over 202.2 total frames.
UPDATE: O’Brien says Hanson is expected to be fine for his Game 2 start.
Mets backup infielder Jose Reyes pinch-hit and popped up in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta against the Braves. That ran his streak up to 20 consecutive hitless plate appearances to start the 2018 season. He has reached base once, however, on a walk, so there’s that.
Reyes, 34, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mets near the end of January. At the time, the Mets hadn’t yet signed Todd Frazier, so Reyes was in the mix to contribute as a utilityman but he has operated as a bat off the bench for the most part this season.
One wonders how much longer the Mets are going to let Reyes flounder. According to FanGraphs, he has already been worth a half-win less than a replacement-level player. Only eight other players have been as bad or worse this season.