On third base with two outs in the fourth, Marco Scutaro managed to induce a game-tying balk by dancing off the bag and getting Alfredo Simon to flinch in Boston’s game against Baltimore.
Scutaro took a big lead and threatened to steal home, catching Simon’s eye in the process. It didn’t lead to much of a move, but it was enough to tie things up at Camden Yards. It’s a 2-2 game headed to the bottom of the fourth.
The Yankees remain up 5-0 in the bottom of the third. George Kontos has replaced Yankee starter Dellin Betances in the contest.
Steven Matz underwent season-ending surgery on his left elbow today. The procedure was to reposition a compressed nerve in his elbow.
Matz, 26, has struggled over 13 starts, posting a 6.08 ERA with a 48/19 K/BB ratio in 66.2 innings. That line was, obviously, a function of the bum nerve in the bum elbow. Trouble aside, Matz is expected to be ready for Opening Day in 2018.
Back in April the Mariners designated outfielder Leonys Martin for assignment. He cleared waivers, accepted an assignment to Triple-A Tacoma and proceeded to hit .312/.352/.506 in 84 minor league games, leading to the Mariners calling him up on July 30.
In 19 games since then he’s hit a bit better than he did back in April, but not great: .230/.266/.426. So they just designated him for assignment again. The Rainers only have six more games this season, so he’s likely not going back there. Given that he’s arbitration eligible and the M’s are unlikely to tender him a contract, he’s likely to elect free agency once he clears waivers. Which he will, because he’s making nearly $5 million this year.
Odd year for Martin, who will likely be competing for a roster spot someplace next spring.