Exactly what the Jays signed him to do, right?
Omar Vizquel “played” left field for the first time in his 24-year career and them moved to first base in Thursday’s opener against the Indians.
Except, in reality, Vizquel never set foot in left. He was brought in as a fifth infielder with the bases loaded and one out in the 12th inning, replacing left fielder Eric Thames. The manuver worked for the Jays, as Michael Brantley hit a grounder fielded by Yunel Escobar that was turned into an inning-ending double play.
Vizquel then moved to first base to begin the 13th inning. It was his second ever appearance there, following a three-inning stint there with the White Sox last year.
Technically, Vizquel will also be credited with two-thirds of an inning in left. It was his second ever appearance in the outfield. He played one inning in right field for the Indians in 1999.
Yesterday Mike Trout left the Marlins-Angels game after hurting his thumb while sliding head first into second base. After the game the Angels talked about it as if it were just a sprain. Trout had an MRI today, however, and the diagnosis is far worse: he has a torn thumb ligament.
While a treatment option has not yet been chosen, surgery is a possibility. A certainty is that he’ll miss, at the very least, several weeks of play. He has been placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career.
Trout, the reigning AL MVP and, without question, the best player in baseball, is batting .337/.461/.742 with 16 home runs, 36 RBI, 36 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 206 plate appearances this season. Even with the one of the weaker supporting casts in baseball, Trout had the Angels near .500 and in at least arguable contention in the AL West.
Without him, they are likely sunk. Without him, baseball is worse off.
SAN FRANCISCO — Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland both landed punches to the head during a wild brawl that erupted Monday after a hit by pitch.
Harper was hit in the right hip by Strickland’s 98 mph fastball in the eighth inning with Washington ahead 2-0.
Harper pointed the bat toward Strickland, charged the mound and fired his batting helmet wide of the pitcher. They started to swing away and they each connected as the benches and bullpens emptied.
At least two Giants players forcefully dragged Strickland from the middle of the brawl all the way into the dugout. Harper and Strickland were both ejected.
In the 2014 NL Division Series, Harper hit two home runs off Strickland. After the star’s second shot, in Game 4, he stared at Strickland as he rounded the bases.