Bad news for the Dodgers: Matt Kemp left during the seventh inning of last night’s Angels-Dodgers game with a mild hamstring strain. It was the right hamstring — last year he missed two months with a strain of the left — and after the game he said it didn’t feel as bad as last year’s injury. A bevy of bumps and bruises have limited Kemp’s effectiveness this year, leading to a disappointing .251/.305/.335 line thus far and now it looks like he’ll miss some time.
There aren’t a lot of apparent options for the Dodgers in center field right now. Carl Crawford hasn’t played there regularly in years. Yasiel Puig is intriguing, but it’s doubtful that the Dodgers would move him up two levels to play big league center field. Andre Ethier played a game in center last year. Guess we’ll hear what Don Mattingly will do sometime later today.
Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and starter Marco Estrada are nearing an agreement on a contract extension. The deal is expected to be for one guaranteed year, Morosi adds.
Estrada, 34, was set to become a free agent after the season. He earned $26 million on a two-year contract signed with the Jays in November 2015. While the right-hander has a subpar 4.84 ERA on the season, he has a solid 170/67 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings and has looked much better since the end of July. Between July 31 and his most recent start on Saturday, Estrada owns a 3.75 ERA.
J.A. Happ is the only other starter technically under contract with the Jays next season. Marcus Stroman will be eligible for his second year of arbitration and the Jays will certainly agree to give him a raise on his $3.4 million salary for the 2017 season. The Jays will likely be active this offseason in adding rotation help and they’re starting early by locking up Estrada.
Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. robbed Orioles first baseman Chris Davis of his 25th home run on Tuesday evening, leaping at the fence in center field to make the catch and keep the game scoreless in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Davis swung at the first pitch he saw from Drew Pomeranz, a slider that crossed the middle of the plate.
This game has potential playoff implications, as the first-place Red Sox hold a three-game lead over the Yankees in the NL East. Meanwhile, the Orioles are still in the AL Wild Card race, trailing the Twins by 5.5 games for the second Wild Card slot.