Mets reliever Frank Francisco had to exit in the eighth inning of this afternoon’s game against the Marlins after being hit in the wrist by a Logan Morrison line drive.
Manager Terry Collins had called on Francisco after Christian Yelich led off the inning with a double. The right-hander promptly struck out Giancarlo Stanton, then walked Justin Ruggiano to bring up Morrison. Morrison fell behind 0-2 and was preparing for Francisco’s third offering before asking for time. Home plate umpire Tim Welke did not grant it, so Morrison quickly had to get his hand back on the bat in time, which he did, lacing Francisco’s 92 MPH fastball back up the middle. The ball caromed off of Francisco’s right wrist towards the first base line, allowing Yelich to score — putting the Marlins up 3-0 — while first baseman Lucas Duda applied the tag for the second out.
David Aardsma was called on in relief of Francisco, retiring Adeiny Hechavarria for the final out of the inning.
Francisco, who recently turned 34 years old, made his season debut on September 8. He had spent most of the season on the disabled list recovering from elbow surgery. In four appearances this season spanning 2.2 innings, he has a 10.13 ERA.
Update: Via Twitter, ESPN’s Adam Rubin says the ball actually hit him on the thumb, causing it to swell “significantly”.
The Braves have signed former football player and current outfielder Sanders Commings, an Augusta, Georgia native, to a minor league contract, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
Commings, 26, was a defensive back who played for the University of Georgia before being selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. He appeared in two games in the 2013 season.
Commings also played baseball for Westside High School and was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 37th round of the 2008 draft. He chose to attend the University of Georgia instead. When football didn’t pan out, Commings started training with Jerry Hairston, Jr. Hairston said he was “blown away” when he saw Commings hit for the first time.
Obviously, Commings’ path to success as a professional baseball player will be long, but it’s a no-risk flier for the Braves. The club has past experience with football players, including Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan.
The next task for the Braves will be to acquire Ryan Goins from the Blue Jays. That way, players will look at the lineup card each day to see if it’s Commings or Goins.
On Thursday afternoon, Rays pitcher Chris Archer asked his Twitter followers, “Lots swirling around what needs to be changed about the game of baseball. What do y’all want to see changed, if anything, & why?”
Tigers ace Justin Verlander responded:
To that, Archer said:
For what it’s worth, Verlander hasn’t been much of a hitter. In 47 career plate appearances, he has three singles and no extra-base hits. And if the AL did get rid of the DH rule, the Tigers would have nowhere to put Victor Martinez. Verlander, though, would have an easier time pitching to opposing pitchers rather than their DH’s.