A ballgirl covering the left side of Petco Park made what was arguably the play of the day on Sunday when she leaped to snag a screaming line drive in foul territory, hit by Matt Kemp. In doing so, she may have protected some young fans in the vicinity from being hit directly or on a carom.
Kemp would finish the at-bat by striking out.
Watch the HardballTalk honorary Gold Glove winner made the play:
The Padres lost 5-3 to the Phillies, suffering a series sweep. The Phillies improve to 16-5 since the All-Star break, the best record in baseball in that span of time.
Yesterday the Mets announced that lefty Jason Vargas sustained a non-displaced fracture of the hamate bone in his right hand as the result of a comebacker during a spring training start. This morning they announced that Vargas will have surgery, which should cause him to miss the first week or so of the season.
Vargas will have the surgery tomorrow. Given that it’s on his non-throwing hand, he won’t miss much time — just a week or so of action, with another few days to get back up to speed afterward. He actually threw a bullpen session this morning. The issue is that he can’t catch a ball right now.
Vargas, 35, signed a two-year, $16 million pact with the Mets last month. With him missing a couple of starts, the Mets should break camp with both Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler in the rotation. The two had been fighting for the final spot.