Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon suffers fractured foot

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The Rockies are down another outfielder after rookie Charlie Blackmon suffered a fractured foot sliding into third base in the third inning of Thursday’s game against the Braves.

Blackmon got off to a scorching start afer making his major league debut last month, at one point stealing a base in five straight games.  After 10 games, he was hitting .410.  However, he was just 9-for-59 since, dropping his average to .250.  Also, he had totaled a mere two extra-base hits and three walks in 98 at-bats overall and he hadn’t stolen a base since his streak ended.

So, while it hurts the Rockies to be down another player, Blackmon shouldn’t prove to be all that much of a loss.  Cole Garner will likely rejoin the team Friday when Blackmon is placed on the disabled list.

The Rockies also have the option of bringing back Dexter Fowler, but Fowler is hitting just .222/.344/.321 in 20 games for Triple-A Colorado Springs.  What they’ll likely do is give Ty Wigginton more time in the outfield, with Ian Stewart filling in at third base.

Report: Steven Matz has been pitching through pain, may need elbow surgery

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Newsday’s Marc Carig reports that Mets starter Steven Matz has been pitching through pain for most of the season. He may need surgery to fix a nerve issue in his elbow. Matz was sidelined in spring training with an elbow injury and made his regular season debut on June 10.

Matz, 26, has struggled over 13 starts, posting a 6.08 ERA with a 48/19 K/BB ratio in 66 2/3 innings. Many were scrambling for explanations for his pitching woes and now they have it.

According to Carig, the Mets let Matz skip his bullpen sessions to help him pitch through the pain. Given the Mets’ shoddy history of dealing with injuries, that’s not a good look for the club.

Carig noted on Twitter that Jacob deGrom offers some optimism for Matz’s case. deGrom underwent right elbow surgery to repair ulnar nerve damage last September and bounced back to have a great season this year.

Clayton Kershaw’s simulated game went so well he threw an extra inning

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Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw was scheduled to throw three innings in a simulated game on Monday. That simulated game went so well, he threw an extra inning, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports. Kershaw will make a minor league rehab start next and could be activated towards the end of next week.

Kershaw, 29, has been on the disabled list since July 24 with a lower back strain. That put the pause button on another outstanding season. He’s carrying a 15-2 record with a 2.04 ERA and a 168/24 K/BB ratio in 141 1/3 innings.

The 87-35 Dodgers have run away with the NL West, needing some combination of 20 wins and 20 Rockies losses (19 for the third-place Diamondbacks) to officially clinch the division. While the Dodgers are all but mathematically assured of reaching postseason baseball, the club would still like to get Kershaw as ready as possible over the next month-plus.