Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston reports that Josh Reddick underwent surgery earlier today to repair torn cartilage in his left wrist. The report was confirmed by Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, according to McDonald’s colleague Gordon Edes.
McDonald writes that Reddick may have suffered the injury when he was hit in the left hand by a pitch during a game against the Rangers on September 4. The 24-year-old outfielder is expected to rest for three weeks before beginning a month-long rehab program, but it shouldn’t have any impact on his availability for the start of spring training.
Reddick batted .280/.327/.457 with seven home runs, 28 RBI and a .784 OPS over 278 plate appearances with the Red Sox this season and was pressed into regular duty after the All-Star break after J.D. Drew proved unproductive and eventually hit the disabled list. He could get a chance at a starting job next season if depending upon what happens with free agent David Ortiz and potential outfield targets like Carlos Beltran, Michael Cuddyer and Grady Sizemore.
Mets starter Jon Niese left his start Tuesday night against the Cardinals due to left knee pain.
Niese walked two and gave up an RBI single before leaving with a trainer with one out in the bottom of the first inning. He was eventually charged with three earned runs. Robert Gsellman, just up from Las Vegas, took over, making his major league debut under unexpected circumstances.
Niese, who has not pitched well at all since coming over in a trade with the Pirates, is likely to be placed on the disabled list after the game or before tomorrow’s game.
Mark Trumbo still has many chances to hit a home run tonight — it’s only been an inning or so in the Nats-Orioles game — but his weird home run streak is over.
Coming into tonight’s game, Trumbo’s last seven hits had been homers. The all-time record had been 11, set by Mark McGwire back in 2001. The last time Trumbo got a hit that wasn’t a dong was back on August 11. Later in that game, however, he hit a grand slam. After that he went 6 for his next 34, with all those safeties dingers.
But that’s over now. In the first inning tonight he drove in a run with a two-out single. Then he was thrown out trying to stretch it to two. Good job on the RBIs, Mark. Bad job on the base running. Judgment withheld on the homer streak because, really, that’s just kind of weird and cool.