MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert reports that Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has a fractured left hand and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list as a result. Goldschmidt suffered the injury when he was hit on the left hand by an Ernesto Frieri pitch in last night’s contest against the Pirates, having entered as a pinch-hitter on his night off.
Though the Diamondbacks are clearly out of contention in the NL West, losing Goldschmidt is clearly bad news for them. The 26-year-old finished as a runner-up in last season’s NL MVP balloting and was having another fantastic season, slashing .300/.396/.542 with 19 home runs and 69 RBI. He’s the current National League leader in runs and doubles with 75 and 39, respectively.
The Diamondbacks recalled outfielder Alfredo Marte from Triple-A Reno to take Goldschmidt’s spot on the roster.
Setting their rotation for the beginning of the ALDS versus the Blue Jays, the Rangers announced that right-hander Yovani Gallardo will start Game 1 and left-hander Cole Hamels will start Game 2.
Gallardo posted a 3.42 ERA in 33 starts this season, but averaged just 5.6 innings per start and hasn’t completed six or more innings in a start since mid-August. Clearly the Rangers will be hoping for five or six innings from him before turning it over to the bullpen.
Hamels, on the other hand, averaged seven innings in his 12 post-trade starts for the Rangers, including tossing a complete-game against the Angels in the regular season finale. He’s obviously the Rangers’ best starting pitcher, but because Hamels was needed to clinch the division title in Game 162 he’s not available to start Game 1 of the playoffs.
In the seemingly never-ending trend of front office officials getting new titles, the Cleveland Indians just announced that General Manager Chris Antonetti has been promoted to President of Baseball Operations and Mike Chernoff is now the GM.
Antonetti has been the Tribe’s GM for the past five years and is moving up in the wake of team president Mark Shapiro moving on to Toronto. Shapiro, however, also held business side responsibilities which Antonetti will not assume. Meaning, as before, he will be the top guy on baseball ops decisions, albeit with a grander title.
Chernoff has been an assistant GM for five years and has been with the organization for the past 12 years. As many new GMs these days he will, functionally speaking, still be an assistant when it comes to baseball decisions.