Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove “loose bodies” from the joint of his right elbow, reports Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. He tweeted a picture of his elbow last night.
Gomez dealt with some soreness in his elbow during the season, but there was no prior announcement about a need for surgery. Still, Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said the procedure was minor, so it shouldn’t have an impact on his availability for spring training.
Gomez enjoyed his best offensive season in 2013, batting .283/.338/.506 with 24 home runs, 73 RBI, and 40 stolen bases over 147 games. Thanks to contributions on offense and his excellent defense in center field, the 27-year-old finished tied for fourth among position players in fWAR.
Major League Baseball announced that the starting time of Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Indians at Progressive Field on Wednesday night has been moved up to 7:08 PM EDT due to a forecast that calls for heavy rain late in the night, ESPN’s Jayson Stark reports.
Jake Arrieta will start for the Cubs against the Indians’ Trevor Bauer, assuming his finger injury doesn’t prevent him from doing so.
While an 8 PM start puts the game in a better TV slot, most of the playoff games have been ending around midnight or later. That makes it difficult for kids on the East coast to watch and enjoy the entirety of the games. As we know, baseball has a looming problem in that its viewing audience is getting steadily older. Having playoff games start at 7 PM consistently — or even 6 PM, for that matter — might be good for the future of the game.
The last time the Cubs were in the World Series was 1945, two years before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball. As such, until Tuesday night, the Cubs never had a black player play for them in the World Series.
Dexter Fowler changed that, leading off the ballgame at Progressive Field against the Indians. Fowler was made aware of this fact three days ago by Rany Jazayerli of The Ringer:
Fowler, in that at-bat, went ahead in the count 2-1 but ended up striking out looking on a Corey Kluber sinker.