Chalk up another lost season for Brandon Webb.
The veteran right-hander hasn’t pitched in a major league game since Opening Day in 2009 due to chronic issues with his throwing shoulder and he’s no longer expected to break that streak here in 2011.
According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, an MRI taken Wednesday on Webb’s right shoulder showed “changes” to his rotator cuff which might require a surgical procedure. He’s likely done for the year after throwing just 12 innings to the tune of a 9.75 ERA for the Rangers’ Double-A affiliate.
Webb won the National League Cy Young Award in 2006 with the Diamondbacks and earned MVP votes in 2007 and 2008. He agreed to a one-year, $3 million free agent contract with the Rangers this past winter that carried performance-based bonuses worth up to $4 million. The 32-year-old will almost certainly have to settle for a minor league deal if he wants to continue pitching next season.
Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger left Tuesday night’s game against the Tigers with a strained oblique, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. Haniger suffered the injury running after hitting a single in the third inning. He was 2-for-2 when he exited the game.
Haniger will almost certainly be placed on the 10-day disabled list as a result of the injury. It’s a big loss for the Mariners, as he entered the night batting .321/.430/.590 with four home runs and 16 RBI in 93 plate appearances.
Danny Valencia, who pinch-ran for Haniger and stayed in the game to play right field, is likely to take Haniger’s spot in the lineup and in the outfield during his absence.
Astros second baseman Jose Altuve and outfielder Teoscar Hernandez collided attempting to catch a shallow fly ball hit by Indians catcher Yan Gomes in the bottom of the eighth inning during Tuesday night’s game.
Hernandez, who was called up earlier on Tuesday, had just come into the game as a defensive replacement for Carlos Beltran. George Springer entered the game in right field in Hernandez’s place after Hernandez was carted off the field. Altuve was replaced at second base by Marwin Gonzalez.
The Astros should have updates on the conditions of both players after the game. Losing Altuve would be a big deal for the first-place Astros, as he entered the game batting .324/.393/.459 with seven stolen bases.