Tommy Hanson was already scratched from his scheduled start today because of a shoulder injury and now the Braves have placed him on the disabled list.
The good news, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, is that an MRI exam revealed no structural damage and Hanson’s diagnosis is merely inflammation.
The bad news is that he’ll miss at least two weeks with an arm injury immediately following an incredibly impressive 14-strikeout start against the Astros, with Double-A call-up Randall Delgado replacing Hanson in the rotation.
Hanson, who has somehow managed to stay mostly under the radar as one of the elite starters in baseball since debuting in mid-2009, is 8-4 with a 2.48 ERA in 14 starts while holding opponents to an NL-low .189 batting average.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: