Giants first-round pick Chris Stratton is in stable condition after taking a line drive off his head during batting practice for short-season Single-A Salem-Keiser on Tuesday.
Stratton was transported to the hospital by ambulance, CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly reports. The Giants wouldn’t confirm that, but they did comment on his condition:
“He’s at the hospital now being evaluated to make sure it’s nothing more than a concussion,” vice president Bobby Evans said. “He does have symptoms of a concussion. They are working on the diagnosis to confirm that. They are going to be cautious and thorough.”
Stratton, a right-handed pitcher, was injured while standing behind second base during batting practice.
The 20th overall pick in the June draft out of Mississippi State, Stratton was 0-1 with a 2.76 ERA in 16 1/3 innings for Salem-Keiser. He pitched just 9 1/3 innings in his first six appearances, but he had thrown seven scoreless innings in his last two starts.
Stratton turns 22 on Wednesday.
Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.
The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.
That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.