Brewers outfielder and NL MVP candidate Carlos Gomez was taken out of tonight’s game against the Reds after making a spectacular catch against the wall in center field in the top of the fourth inning. Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips led off the inning by drilling a fastball to straightaway center. Gomez leaped and grabbed the ball before crashing directly under the 400-foot marker. He was taken out of the game and replaced by Logan Schafer.
When Gomez got up, he was clutching at his hip, but the team reported the injury was actually a right knee sprain, according to Tom Haudricourt. Gomez will undergo an MRI tomorrow.
Update: Via MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, the Brewers seem optimistic that the injury isn’t too serious.
Gomez entered tonight’s game with 5.8 WAR, the second-best in the National League according to FanGraphs, just behind Andrew McCutchen at 5.9. A stint on the disabled list would likely dash Gomez’s NL MVP hopes.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network and FOX Sports reports that the Mariners have acquired starter Chris Heston from the Giants. The Giants will receive a player to be named later, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
Heston, 28, logged only five innings in the majors this past season as he battled an oblique injury and otherwise spent most of his time with Triple-A Sacramento. Heston was solid out of the Giants’ rotation in 2015, posting a 3.95 ERA with a 141/64 K/BB ratio in 177 2/3 innings over 31 starts.
Heston will be under team control through 2021. He’ll provide depth for the Mariners’ rotation in the meantime.
Joe Nathan‘s agent, David Pepe, says his client wants to pitch in 2017, per ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. “He’s like the Energizer Bunny,” Pepe said.
Nathan, 42, came back from Tommy John surgery in July, pitching two scoreless innings for the Cubs with four strikeouts and two walks. The Cubs released him and the Giants picked him up, and Nathan went on to pitch 4 1/3 scoreless innings down the stretch with five strikeouts and two walks.
According to FanGraphs, Nathan’s velocity wasn’t where it used to be, which is to be expected of a pitcher in his 40’s coming back from major elbow surgery. Still, with teams always on the hunt for bullpen depth, it would be shocking if Nathan didn’t get any bites before spring training starts.