Seven rounds after the Rangers picked Johnathan Taylor, the Astros made a symbolic choice of their own Wednesday, selecting Buddy Lamothe in the 40th round.
Lamothe was a top reliever for San Jacinto Junior College, posting a 0.86 ERA and striking out 27 in 21 innings, before being paralyzed in an accident last month. His father said he was white-water rafting on May 1 when he dove into the water to retrieve his sunglasses and was injured.
According to The Buddy Project website, Lamothe is currently involved in inpatient rehab at a Houston medical center and could be released for outpatient therapy later this month.
Former Phillies right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez died in a traffic accident in Havana on Thursday, per reports from the El Nuevo Herald and CiberCuba. No other deaths or injuries have been reported in connection to the accident. Gonzalez was 34 years old.
The Cuban righty defected from his home country in 2013 and signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Phillies. A bout of right shoulder tendinitis compromised his bid for a major league role, but he finally broke through to the big leagues at the tail end of the 2014 season and turned in a 6.75 ERA, 5.1 BB/9 and 8.4 SO/9 in just six outings. Another case of shoulder inflammation derailed any progress he might have made in 2015, however, and he recorded just five innings in Triple-A Lehigh Valley before the team officially released him prior to the 2016 season.
The Phillies released a statement following news of Gonzalez’s death: