Crisis averted down in the Arizona Fall League.
Reds top prospect Billy Hamilton sat on the ground in pain for several minutes after jumping back-first into the center field wall while chasing a triple in Saturday afternoon’s Arizona Fall League championship game. But he was able to walk off the field — with assistance — and the MLB Network broadcast later called his injury lower back spasms.
Hamilton was even spotted celebrating on the field with his teammates when the Peoria Javelinas wrapped up a 4-3 victory over the Salt River Rafters. He finished 2-for-5 with a run scored.
The 22-year-old speedster batted .311/.410/.420 with 14 triples, 112 runs scored and a record 155 stolen bases in 132 games this past season between High-A Bakersfield and Double-A Pensacola.
He should arrive in Cincinnati at some point in 2013.
The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that starter Shelby Miller has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. Miller will get a second opinion on his elbow on Tuesday, per MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert. Pitcher Silvino Bracho has been called up from Triple-A Reno to take Miller’s spot on the roster.
Miller, 26, left Sunday’s start with what was described at the time as forearm tightness. Through his first four starts, Miller is carrying a 4.09 ERA with a 20/12 K/BB ratio in 22 innings.
Bracho, 24, has pitched quite well in 6 2/3 innings of relief at Reno. He’s given up just one unearned run on four hits and a walk (intentional) with 12 strikeouts.
Archie Bradley figures to take Miller’s spot in the starting rotation as Bracho will work middle relief.
And John Lackey is livid.
The Brewers’ first baseman homered in each of his first two plate appearances against Reds starter Amir Garrett on Monday evening, helping his team to a 6-1 lead after two frames. The first was a solo blast in the first inning, and the second was a two-run shot to the opposite field in the second inning.
According to MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, Thames has tied the Brewers’ record for home runs in April with 10. Carlos Lee also hit 10 homers in April 2006.
Seven of Thames’ 10 home runs have come against the Reds. Including his first two at-bats on Monday night, Thames is hitting .379/.474/.924 with 17 RBI along with the 10 dingers. Not too shabby from a guy the Brewers signed to a three-year, $16 million contract during the offseason.
Lackey and Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio both recently implied Thames is using performance-enhancing drugs, but Thames was tested immediately after last Monday’s game against the Cubs.