Boston leads Game 1 of the World Series 5-0 after just two innings, but it could have been even worse for the visiting Cardinals. Watch as St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran robs Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz of a grand slam with one out in the bottom of the second (courtesy of HBT’s own Bill Baer):
The craziest thing about that home run-robbing catch is that Beltran’s elbow and torso hit the right-field wall well before the ball even fell. The 36-year-old was apparently injured on impact, as Jon Jay entered to play center field and Shane Robinson slid over to right field to open the bottom of the third inning.
The man on third base — David Ross — of course scored easily, giving the Red Sox their fifth run.
UPDATE, 9:22 p.m. ET: According to the Cardinals’ official Twitter feed, Beltran has a rib contusion.
UPDATE, 10:26 p.m. ET: Beltran has been taken to a local hospital in Boston to undergo tests.
According to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman, free agent reliever Joba Chamberlain has a deal with the Brewers. No confirmation or terms of the contract have been confirmed by the team yet.
Chamberlain, 31, had a promising resurgence in the Indians’ bullpen during 2016. He shaved his ERA down to a modest 2.25 mark over 20 innings with Cleveland, paired with an 8.1 SO/9 and less-than-stellar 5.0 BB/9 rate. Over a decade in the major leagues, the right-hander holds a career 3.81 ERA, 8.8 SO/9 and 3.7 BB/9 rate.
The veteran righty was released by the Indians in July after refusing re-assignment. He’s expected to compete for a major league role this spring.
After letting rumors of the deal percolate for the last week, the Athletics officially announced their two-year, $11 million contract with right-hander Santiago Casilla on Friday (and threw a little bit of shade at the Giants, too). As previously reported, the contract includes an extra $3 million in performance bonuses.
Casilla, 36, got his major league start with Oakland back in 2004, racking up a 5.11 ERA and four saves over six seasons in the A’s bullpen. After picking up a minor league deal with the Giants in 2010, the righty flitted in and out of the closing role with varying degrees of success. Notwithstanding a slight downturn in his production rate during the 2016 season, he earned 123 saves and a 2.42 ERA during the past seven years in San Francisco. Securing another closing role might be a little tougher across the Bay, however, with a bullpen that includes fellow closers Ryan Madson, Ryan Dull and Sean Doolittle.