Jason Marquis’ surprising turnaround in San Diego is on hold thanks to a fractured left wrist suffered when he knocked down a line drive with his glove hand Tuesday.
Marquis actually remained in the game and pitched three more innings with a broken wrist, which is pretty remarkable. And afterward he admitted: “I had an idea it could possibly be broken, but you have to drag me off the mound.”
Marquis got released by the Twins in May after posting an 8.47 ERA and more walks (14) than strikeouts (12) in 34 innings, but quickly latched on with the Padres and has started 15 games with a 4.04 ERA and 79/28 K/BB ratio in 94 innings for San Diego.
The Los Angeles Angels announced today that they will lower the right field wall at Angel Stadium from 18 feet to eight feet.
The stated reason: to make room for a new out-of-town scoreboard and “philosophical changes.” Obviously, though, helping out lefty power hitters is on the agenda too. As it was, Angel Stadium was in the bottom ten of all parks in allowing homers for lefties.
One of their own lefties is Kole Calhoun, who is a pull hitter. Another one could be Shohei Ohtani, who is a lefty hitter. Although, as a righty pitcher, that could harm him against opposing lefty batters. I’m assuming, though, that the Angels ran a bunch of numbers to establish that this move helps them more than it hurts them, or else they wouldn’t be doing it.