8:15 p.m. EDT: The Red Sox confirmed that it was a strained left hamstring for Crawford.
Carl Crawford left Friday’s game against the Brewers in the first inning with an apparent left hamstring injury sustained while beating out an infield single.
Crawford managed to reach first base ahead of Casey McGehee’s throw after hitting a chopper to third, but he came up lame immediately afterwards and he reached down to the hamstring area. He limped off the field, accompained by Boston’s trainer, and was replaced by Darnell McDonald.
If the injury proves to be serious, the Red Sox will have lost two starters to the DL within 24 hours after shortstop Jed Lowrie was disabled earlier Friday. Josh Reddick would likely be called up to share time with Mike Cameron and McDonald in left field.
Crawford is hitting .243/.276/.384 in 263 at-bats in his first season with the Red Sox.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson addressed the media about the status of starter Steven Matz on Tuesday afternoon. Alderson said that Matz will undergo “imminent” elbow surgery to address a bone spur in the lefty’s elbow, Marc Carig of Newsday reports. That will end Matz’s season.
Matz was expected to return this past Friday, but was scratched due to shoulder soreness. According to Carig, the shoulder doesn’t appear to be a major issue.
Matz, 25, finishes the season with a 9-8 record, a 3.40 ERA, and a 129/31 K/BB ratio in 132 1/3 innings. It was a pretty good showing for his first full season in the majors.
The Mets enter Tuesday’s action a half-game up on the Giants for the first of two National League Wild Card slots. If the Mets can secure one of those slots and then advance to the NLDS, they will likely use a rotation that includes Noah Syndergaard, Bartolo Colon, Seth Lugo, and Robert Gsellman.
Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports that Royals pitcher Dillon Gee has been shut down for the year after being hospitalized in Detroit due to blood clots in his lungs and shoulder. Gee first began experiencing shortness of breath on Sunday after playing the Tigers, Dodd adds.
Blood clots are a serious thing, so here’s hoping that Gee recovers quickly and painlessly.
In 14 starts and 19 relief appearances for the Royals spanning 125 innings this season, Gee put up a 4.68 ERA and an 89/37 K/BB ratio.