Update (12:18 PM EDT): Tejada suffered a fractured right fibula, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports. That, certainly, will end Tejada’s season.
Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada had to be carted off the field in the bottom of the seventh inning in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Dodgers. With Enrique Hernandez on third base and Chase Utley on first and one out, Howie Kendrick hit a ground ball up the middle. Daniel Murphy, ranging to his right, corralled the ball and flipped to Tejada, who had to whip around to fire to first. Utley slid late and took out Tejada, who couldn’t make a throw. The Dodgers scored the tying run on the play.
Tejada was tended to by team trainers, who applied to a brace around his right knee before carting him off. The umpires ruled Utley safe because Tejada never touched the bag. The only problem is that Utley also never touched second base. Utley and Kendrick would come around to score when Adrian Gonzalez ripped a two-run double, breaking a 2-2 tie.
Utley’s slide was clearly dirty and hopefully Major League Baseball works to create a rule that keeps middle infielders out of harms way on these types of plays. Utley didn’t start his slide until he was parallel to the second base bag, and he never touched the base. The umpires could have justifiably called Utley for interference, which would have resulted in two outs (ending the inning) instead of zero.
The Cubs had a scare on Wednesday night when third baseman Kris Bryant left with an apparent ankle injury. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Nationals catcher Matt Wieters hit a pop up that veered just into foul territory near the third base bag. Bryant caught it but his momentum took him back into fair territory. In doing so, he stepped awkwardly on the third base bag and appeared to twist his ankle. Bryant needed the assistance of manager Joe Maddon and the team trainer to get off the field.
Bryant was diagnosed with a mild ankle sprain, CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney reports.
Bryant was 2-for-3 on the night before departing and being replaced by Jeimer Candelario. He’s now hitting .264/.395/.520 with 16 home runs and 32 RBI in 329 plate appearances. Needless to say, the 39-39 Cubs would see their playoff odds hurt immensely if Bryant were to miss a significant amount of time.
Hector Gomez reports Twins third baseman Miguel Sano will participate in the 2017 Home Run Derby, to be held in two weeks at Marlins Park in Miami. So far, Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is the only other confirmed participant.
Sano, 24, is having an outstanding season, batting .274/.375/.548 with 18 home runs and 53 RBI in 293 plate appearances. According to MLB’s Statcast, only Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (96.7 MPH) has a higher average exit velocity than Sano (96.4 MPH).
Brian Dozier was the last member of the Twins to participate in the Home Run Derby. In 2014 at Target Field, Dozier failed to make it into the second round after hitting only two home runs. Justin Morneau is the only Twin to have ever won the Home Run Derby, as he beat Josh Hamilton 5-3 in the finals of the 2008 Derby at Yankee Stadium — although Hamilton out-homered him in total 35 to 22.