Yesterday the Rockies placed Michael Cuddyer on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain. Turns out it’s more than a strain: Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports:
. . . an MRI revealed that he has a non-displaced fracture of the glenoid socket in his left shoulder. The glenoid is commonly called the shoulder socket.
Cuddyer, the defending NL batting champ, suffered the injury while diving for a ball at third base last Thursday. Probably worth noting that Cuddyer, while having played 76 games at third base in his career before this season, hadn’t done so since 2010. Between the time away from the hot corner, his age and the fact that his bat has become pretty darn valuable to the Rockies, you wonder why Walt Weiss has felt the need to put Cuddyer in that position this season.
But I suppose now that’s academic. It’s just the latest bit of bad news in what is turning into a lost season for the the 35-year-old Cuddyer. He has already served time on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring and has played in just 31 games this season.
Cuddyer is in the final year of a three-year, $31.5 million deal.
For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:
The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).
It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: