Jonathan Broxton won’t need surgery after no structural damage was found in his elbow, but the Dodgers have placed him on the disabled list with a bone spur.
Shutting him down for a while certainly makes sense even if the Dodgers are convinced there’s nothing significantly wrong with Broxton’s elbow. His velocity has been down, his walks have been up, and too many of his outings have been messy going all the way back to the middle of last season.
After four-plus seasons of dominance Broxton has a 7.02 ERA and 35/32 K/BB ratio in 42 innings since June of last year. He may not be injured, but he’s definitely hurt and there’s no reason to let him get knocked around at less than full strength any longer.
To replace Broxton on the roster and in the bullpen the Dodgers have recalled Kenley Jansen, who was optioned to Double-A just a few days ago. Jansen was a revelation as a rookie and has racked up 22 strikeouts in 13 innings this year, but shaky command led to the Dodgers (briefly) demoting him.
The Rays were set to honor retiring Red Sox DH David Ortiz with a ceremony prior to Sunday’s game, but as Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports, the slugger requested it be canceled out of respect for Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who tragically died early Sunday morning in a boating accident.
Ortiz was seen tearing up as the Rays remembered Fernandez and held a moment of silence:
Kudos to Ortiz for doing the right thing.
With a fourth-inning solo home run off of Phillies starter Jake Thompson, Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson reached the 30-homer plateau for the fourth time in his 13-year career. It’s a moment worth celebrating, only there’s one problem: he has just 56 RBI on the season.
There are many reasons for the low RBI total. 24 of Granderson’s 30 homers have come with the bases empty. He came into Sunday’s action hitting just .140 in 124 plate appearances with runners in scoring position and .197 with runners on base. He has hit leadoff for most of the season, meaning he’s had the Mets’ pitchers hitting “ahead” of him in the No. 9 slot as well as the Mets’ catchers typically hitting eighth. Mets catchers, collectively, have a .296 on-base percentage, the second-worst mark in the National League.
Since the end of August, Granderson has hit cleanup with Jose Reyes, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Yoenis Cespedes hitting in front of him. That change hasn’t been for naught, as he has 17 RBI in 21 games since.
Still, Granderson is on pace for the fewest RBI in a 30-homer season. Rob Deer and Felix Mantilla are tied for the record with 64 RBI. Deer (32 HR) accomplished the feat in 1992 with the Tigers and Mantilla (30 HR) in 1964 with the Red Sox. Only eight players have had 70 or fewer RBI in a 30-homer season. Evan Gattis is currently sitting on 30 homers with 68 RBI.