Former major league catcher David Ross didn’t enter Game 7 of the World Series until the fifth inning, but his presence was immediately felt and not in a great way. Starter Kyle Hendricks issued a two-out walk to Carlos Santana, prompting manager Joe Maddon to make a double-switch. Ross replaced Willson Contreras behind the plate and Jon Lester relieved Hendricks. On the first at-bat, Jason Kipnis hit a tapper to the left side. Ross pounced on it but made a poor throw to first base, allowing Santana to move to third base and Kipnis to second. Then, with a 0-1 count on Francisco Lindor, Lester uncorked a wild pitch that Ross couldn’t handle. The ball caromed off of his mask towards the first base dugout. Ross got up to give chase but immediately lost his footing. Both Santana and Kipnis scored on the play, reducing the Cubs’ lead to 5-3.
Ross would redeem himself the next inning by drilling a solo home run to center field off of feared lefty reliever Andrew Miller, his former teammate with the Red Sox. The Cubs, as we know, would eventually defeat the Indians 8-7 in 10 innings to win the 2016 World Series. It was a storybook ending for Ross, who planned to retire no matter what happened. He was hoisted on the shoulders of his teammates as they celebrated at Progressive Field.
Ross appeared on MLB Network to discuss all of that and it’s rather interesting, especially the way he broke down his at-bat against Miller.
Nationals’ outfielder Adam Eaton was carried off the field after stumbling over first base on Friday night. In the ninth inning of the Nationals’ 7-5 loss to the Mets, Eaton appeared to catch his ankle on the bag as he ran out an infield single, suffering a leg injury on the fall. He was unable to put pressure on his left leg after the play and required assistance by two of the Nationals’ athletic trainers as he exited the field.
Eaton is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday, but Nationals’ manager Dusty Baker told reporters that it “doesn’t look too good.” It’s the first significant leg injury the outfielder has sustained since 2014, when he went on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring strain. He’ll likely be replaced by Michael Taylor in center field for the next couple of games, though that could be a temporary fix as the Nationals seek a better solution during Eaton’s recovery process.
It’s been just over a week since Giants’ left-hander Madison Bumgarner got a serious scare after a nasty dirt bike accident. He escaped with bruised ribs and a Grade 2 strain of his left shoulder AC joint, but there was some speculation that the injuries would cause a significant, if not permanent, setback in the southpaw’s career. Thankfully, things aren’t looking quite so bleak today. Not only will Bumgarner not require surgery, but he could return as soon as the week following the All-Star break, the Giants said Friday.
Of course, that timeline is wholly dependent on how smoothly the recovery process goes, so nothing is set in stone yet. NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic estimates 2-3 months of rest and rehab, including “two months before he can get back on the mound and then another three to four weeks of throwing and rehab starts before he’s big league-ready.” It’s a long and laborious schedule, but still looks much better than any surgical alternative.
Prior to the accident, Bumgarner was working on a solid start to the 2017 season. He maintained a 3.00 ERA, 1.3 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 through 27 innings with the club, though his average 1.75 runs of support per start fed into an 0-3 record.