Drew Naylor, a 25-year-old right-hander in his sixth year in the Phillies system, underwent Tommy John surgery, the Inquirer’s Matt Gelb reports, and likely will be sidelined into 2012.
Naylor had been on the shelf with an elbow injury since the spring. He went 12-10 with a 4.63 ERA and a 113/44 K/BB ratio in 167 IP for Double-A Reading last year. He was on the Phillies’ 40-man roster, though he wasn’t regarded as a top prospect after his lack of progress the last two years.
A native of Australia, Naylor pitched in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, giving up three runs in one-third of an inning his only appearance.
We’re still in the third inning of NLCS Game 5 but the Dodgers are walloping the Cubs thus far, leading 7-0. Outfielder Enrique Hernandez has driven in five of those runs on a solo home run in the second inning and a grand slam in the third.
The other runs came on Cody Bellinger‘s RBI double in the first and Justin Turner‘s RBI single in the second.
The Dodgers loaded the bases on three consecutive singles to start the third inning, chasing starter Jose Quintana from the game. Hector Rondon entered in relief and struck out Logan Forsythe, revealing some light at the end of the tunnel. But his first-pitch slider to Hernandez caught too much of the plate and Hernandez drove it out to right-center field for a grand slam.
Hernandez has had two two-homer games in the regular season, on July 17 this year and April 15 last year. He has never had a five-RBI game. Hernandez’s home run in the second marked his first career postseason home run and RBI as well.
FanGraphs has the Dodgers’ win probability for this game at 96 percent. Clayton Kershaw is on the hill. It’s looking like they’re going to clinch the National League pennant tonight, but there’s still six innings left. We’ve seen big leads evaporate this postseason.