Two weeks ago Livan Hernandez had a 2.45 ERA. Today the Braves designated him for assignment.
In between Hernandez had a pair of horrendous outings, coughing up a total of nine runs in 4.2 innings while managing just one strikeout.
In letting him go the Braves clear a spot on the roster for Kris Medlen, who’s returning from Tommy John surgery and built up his arm strength in the minors in case he’s needed as a starter.
Normally I’d say this might be the end of the line for Hernandez, but I’ve been saying that about him since 2008 and yet somehow he keeps finding jobs and keeps being semi-useful.
Hernandez has pitched for six teams in the past six seasons, logging 986 innings with a 4.87 ERA during that time. His final numbers with the Braves include a 4.94 ERA in 31 innings, which is actually pretty impressive for a 37-year-old who throws in the low-80s with just 5.0 strikeouts per nine innings.
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.