Justin Morneau is apparently trying to set the record for the most offseason surgeries of all-time.
Phil Mackey of 1500 ESPN in the Twin Cities reports that Morneau had minor surgery on his left wrist yesterday morning, just 10 days after undergoing procedures on his left knee and right foot.
According to Twins general manager Bill Smith, Morneau underwent a stabilization procedure on a tendon and will need to wear a cast for six weeks. This is the same very wrist that kept Morneau sidelined for most of June.
Morneau was limited to just 69 games this season, batting .227/.285/.333 with four home runs, 30 RBI and a .618 OPS over 288 plate appearances. In addition to a multitude of injuries, his concussion symptoms returned at the end of August, casting doubt upon his status for the 2012 season and beyond.
2006 first-round pick Chris Parmelee batted .355/.443/.592 with four homers, 14 RBI and a 1.035 OPS over 88 plate appearances as a September call-up, but the Twins might secure an insurance policy for first base this winter.
Lost in the nifty base running by Dustin Pedroia that won Sunday’s game against the Rays, the Red Sox set a new major league record by striking out 11 batters in a row, per Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe. Starter Eduardo Rodriguez struck out the final six Rays he faced and reliever Heath Hembree struck out five Rays in a row after that. Tom Seaver had the previous consecutive strikeout streak of 10, set on April 22, 1970 against the Padres.
The Red Sox also set a team record with 23 strikeouts in total: 13 by Rodriguez, five by Hembree, one by Matt Barnes, and four by Joe Kelly. Per Abraham, that’s the most strikeouts in a 10-inning game since at least 1913 and the most in a game of any length since 2004.
For Rodriguez, Sunday marked the first double-digit strikeout game of his career. He has pitched quite well since returning to the rotation at the start of the second half. Over 13 starts, the lefty has a 3.10 ERA with a 70/23 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.
Dodgers second baseman Charlie Culberson delivered a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the 10th inning, clinching the NL West for the Dodgers on Sunday afternoon. What a way to celebrate Vin Scully’s final home game behind the microphone.
The Dodgers were trailing 2-1 in the seventh inning, but shortstop Corey Seager tripled in a run to tie the game. Rockies outfielder David Dahl untied the game in the top of the ninth with a two-out solo home run off of Kenley Jansen. But Seager once again rose to the occasion, blasting a game-tying solo shot in the bottom half of the ninth against Adam Ottavino. That would set the stage for Culberson in the next frame.
Culberson, a former Rockie, came into the afternoon with a .591 OPS and zero home runs in 53 plate appearances. He finished the afternoon 3-for-5 with the homer.
It’s the fourth consecutive season in which the Dodgers have won the NL West. The Cubs have clinched the best record, which means they’ll play the winner of the Wild Card game. The Dodgers will play the Nationals in the NLDS. The Nationals have a 1.5-game lead over the Dodgers for home-field advantage, so both teams are still playing for something of importance in the regular season’s final week.