Adrian Gonzalez told the San Diego Union-Tribune in September that an injury to his right shoulder in May impacted his ability to hit for power this season. Now he’s trying to figure out why.
According to Dan Hayes of the North County Times, Gonzalez underwent two MRI exams on his right shoulder this week. His agent John Boggs told Hayes that Gonzalez will be ready for the start of next season, whether he chooses to undergo rehab the shoulder or have arthroscopic surgery on his labrum.
“It’s not debilitating — it’s aggravating,” Boggs said. “It’s nothing of urgency. They’re evaluating it right now, and ultimately it will be Adrian’s decision.”
Padres general manager Jed Hoyer confirmed in a text message to Hayes that the Padres are now “assessing the next step.”
Gonzalez, 28, batted .298/.393/.511 with 31 homers and 101 RBI this season. The team plans to pick up his $5.5 million option for next season, after which he will almost certainly become a free agent.
Angels DH Albert Pujols smacked his 597th career home run, a two-run shot in the top of the first inning during Wednesday night’s 5-2 loss to the Rays. The blast was off of Erasmo Ramirez and marked No. 6 on the season for the future Hall of Famer.
Pujols finished 1-for-3 with the homer and a walk. After Wednesday’s game, he’s hitting a lackluster .244/.296/.378 with 34 RBI and 14 runs scored in 186 trips to the plate.
Pujols currently ranks ninth on baseball’s all-time leaderboard and is three shy of joining the 600-homer club. He’s currently 13 home runs away from tying Sammy Sosa for eighth all-time.
Red Sox starter Chris Sale entered Wednesday’s outing against the Rangers with at least 10 strikeouts in eight consecutive starts, tying a record he already shared with Pedro Martinez. He failed do break the record, racking up only six strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings. Fortunately, the Red Sox scored seven runs in the bottom of the seventh to put him in line for the win. Sale gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk.
After Wednesday’s outing, Sale is sitting on a 2.34 ERA with a 101/14 K/BB ratio in 73 innings. So far, so good for the Red Sox, who acquired Sale from the White Sox in December.
Sale previously racked up 10 strikeouts in eight consecutive games between May 23 and June 30 in 2015 with the White Sox. Pedro Martinez accomplished the feat for the Red Sox between August 19 and September 27 in 1999.