Astros outfielder J.D. Martinez has hand surgery

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J.D. Martinez, who leads the Astros in RBIs despite a sub-.700 OPS and month-long demotion to the minors, underwent surgery to remove the hook from the hamate bone in his left hand.

He’s done for the season and is expected to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks, but Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros are hoping Martinez will be ready to play winter ball.

Martinez had big numbers at Double-A last season and then held his own in a 53-game debut with the Astros, but the 24-year-old outfielder hit just .241 with 11 homers and a .685 OPS in 113 games for Houston this year and was terrible during his demotion to Triple-A.

Phillies, Jake Arrieta having a “dialogue”

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No, not like a Socratic dialogue, in which each side, in a mostly cooperative, but intellectually confrontational manner interrogate one another as a means of testing assertions and finding truths, though that would be an AMAZING thing for baseball players and teams to do. Rather, low-level talks about possible interest in Jake Arrieta, baseball free agent.

Arrieta is probably the top free agent still available, now that Yu Darvish, J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer have signed. Philly has money — it’s a big market — and could use a pitcher, but Jon Heyman, who, much like Plato did for Socrates, reported the dialogue, says they’re not looking to go long term with anyone.

It may make sense for Arrieta to take a so-called “pillow contract” and come back on the market in a year, but if he’s willing to accept a one-year deal, there are a lot of teams other than Philly who may offer one, and you’d have to figure Arrieta would prefer to pitch for a team more likely to contend.

Dialogues are cool, though. You should go have one over lunch.