UPDATE: There goes that. Garcia was able to get Prince Fielder to ground out to Albert Pujols at first base, but walked Casey McGehee and gave up a clean single to Yuniesky Betancourt. Perfect game over. No-hitter over.
9:57 PM: We already had Derek Lowe carry a no-hitter into the seventh inning tonight, but something pretty special is brewing in St. Louis right now.
Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia has a perfect game through seven innings against the Brewers this evening. The Cards lead the game 6-0.
Garcia has eight strikeouts so far, but has been very economical by throwing 51 out of 75 pitches for strikes. MLB’s last perfect game was thrown by Roy Halladay last May 29.
The Brewers will send Prince Fielder, Casey McGehee and Yuniesky Betancourt to the plate in the top of the eighth inning. Stay tuned to see if Garcia can make history.
The Angels signed Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani for a $2.3 million signing bonus last weekend. They may have damaged goods on their hands. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Ohtani underwent a physical that revealed a first-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. As a result, he got a platelet-rich plasma injection on October 20. This was made known to teams after Ohtani entered MLB’s posting system, so it wasn’t like the Angels went into this blind.
Ohtani’s report said, “Although partial damage of UCL in deep layer of his right UCL exists, he is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program.” It also said Ohtani “will most likely be available to start his throwing program approximately a month from the PRP.”
Passan notes that the report also mentioned that a “small free body” floats in Ohtani’s elbow near his UCL.
Ohtani isn’t without other injuries. He battled hamstring and ankle issues throughout 2017 and underwent right ankle surgery back in October. Thankfully for the Angels, this diagnosis is about as good as it could be considering the circumstances. However, if Ohtani does exacerbate his UCL issue, he may ultimately need Tommy John surgery at some point, which would take him out of action for at least a year.