Michael Brantley went to the hospital yesterday after being spiked on the arm by A’s third baseman Josh Donaldson during a head-first slide, needing 15 stitches for a lacerated forearm.
That probably wasn’t very fun, but manager Terry Francona told Bud Shaw of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he initially thought Brantley’s injury was much worse: “When he was coming off the field, his batting glove was kind of hanging and I thought his finger was pointing in the wrong direction.”
UPDATE: Initially the Indians didn’t expect Brantley to miss much time, but now they’re saying he’s likely to be out for at least 10 days.
Major League Baseball has announced the umpiring crew for the World Series. John Hirschbeck is the crew chief. It’s his fifth World Series assignment, third as a crew chief.
A surprising name on the crew is Joe West. It’ll be his sixth World Series overall, but first since 2012. There had been chatter for several years that Major League Baseball was making a more concerted effort to get its best umpires into the World Series more often while minimizing the appearances of its weakest umpires. Most assumed West’s absence from the Fall Classic in recent years, despite his seniority, was a function of that. Maybe they’re still making merit a priority and maybe West has just improved? I’ll leave that for you to judge.
Anyway, here is the lineup of umps for Game 1. They will rotate after that, of course. If the series goes six games, Cowboy Joe will be calling the balls and strikes:
Home plate: Larry Vanover
1B: Chris Guccione
2B: John Hirschbeck
3B: Marvin Hudson
LF: Tony Randazzo
RF: Joe West
Replay Official for Games 1-2: Sam Holbrook (with assistance from Todd Tichenor)
Replay Official for Games 3-7: Larry Vanover (with assistance from Todd Tichenor)