Last night the Yankees knocked Tigers left-hander David Price out of the game in the third inning for the worst start of the former Cy Young winner’s excellent career.
They did so by starting the inning with nine consecutive hits and here’s a crazy stat via Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal: Price is the first pitcher to allow nine straight hits since Bob Forsh of the Astros in 1989.
MLB.com strung together video of all nine hits, which is weirdly mesmerizing to watch:
Prior to last night Price had allowed nine or more hits in a game 20 times in 175 career starts. And he’s now 1-2 with a 4.41 ERA in five starts since the Tigers acquired him from the Rays.
The Angels signed Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani for a $2.3 million signing bonus last weekend. They may have damaged goods on their hands. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Ohtani underwent a physical that revealed a first-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. As a result, he got a platelet-rich plasma injection on October 20. This was made known to teams after Ohtani entered MLB’s posting system, so it wasn’t like the Angels went into this blind.
Ohtani’s report said, “Although partial damage of UCL in deep layer of his right UCL exists, he is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program.” It also said Ohtani “will most likely be available to start his throwing program approximately a month from the PRP.”
Passan notes that the report also mentioned that a “small free body” floats in Ohtani’s elbow near his UCL.
Ohtani isn’t without other injuries. He battled hamstring and ankle issues throughout 2017 and underwent right ankle surgery back in October. Thankfully for the Angels, this diagnosis is about as good as it could be considering the circumstances. However, if Ohtani does exacerbate his UCL issue, he may ultimately need Tommy John surgery at some point, which would take him out of action for at least a year.