Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton was lifted from Saturday’s 9-2 loss to the visiting Nationals after experiencing soreness in his right foot and ankle, and he is not in Miami’s starting lineup for Sunday afternoon’s series finale against Washington. This according to MLB.com beat writer Joe Frisaro.
X-rays taken Saturday afternoon turned up negative on the foot and ankle, and Stanton told reporters on Saturday night that “it was just one of those days” where he couldn’t shake off the discomfort.
The 23-year-old should return to action for Monday night’s series-opener against the Braves.
Stanton is hitting .249/.365/.473 with 19 home runs and 46 RBI in 96 games played this season.
Pedro Moura of The Athletic reports that Dodgers starter Alex Wood plans to pitch out of the stretch throughout the 2018 season. Wood got the idea when he watched Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg pitch against the Dodgers.
Wood, 27, finished last season 16-3 with a 2.72 ERA and a 151/38 K/BB ratio in 152 1/3 innings. That’s a mighty fine season, one in which many pitchers would not dare to mess with something that isn’t broken.
Interestingly, Wood indeed has had better results with runners on base — when he would pitch out of the stretch — as opposed to the bases being empty, with a respective OPS allowed of .523 versus .684, respectively. Over his career, he has allowed a .617 OPS with runners on and .706 with the bases empty.
In response to Moura’s tweet about Wood, retired pitchers Dan Haren and Jered Weaver took the opportunity to burn themselves. Haren tweeted, “I pitched a few seasons completely out of the stretch actually, just not by choice.” Weaver responded, “Sometimes I would just step off and throw the ball in the gap myself because I knew the hitter would do it anyways.”