I’m hesitating to slap the BSOHL tag on this — I’ll let the commenters decide — but know that:
(a) Tim Lincecum has lost 21 pounds in the offseason;
(b) Brian Wilson has lost 15 pounds in the offseason; and
(c) Pablo Sandoval has gained 25 pounds, though he claims it’s all muscle and at least one beat writer tweeted today that he “looked good.”
So, two BSOHL candidates and one WSOHL candidate. Well, maybe not WSOHL. I don’t think even a 25-pound weight gain would put Sandoval in the same place he was in 2010.
Now the big question: where in the heck did Tim Lincecum find 21 pounds to lose?
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.