Last night, in the fourth inning of the Cardinals-Cubs game, starter Adam Wainwright threw a pitch that went about 25 feet, straight into the grass on the first base side of the mound, as if he were spiking it intentionally. It caused everyone who was online during the game to make a bunch of jokes, but it turned out there was a purpose to it.
Wainwright said after the game that he was preparing to throw a fastball but that he noticed catcher Yadier Molina setting up for a curve. Wainwright didn’t want to cross his catcher up and risk an injury, so he just spiked the thing. Watch:
As Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch reports, the two did change up signs midstream due to runners on base. So, despite the fact that there is probably no active pitcher-catcher combo that has worked together as much as Wainwright and Molina, there was some justification for the confusion.
But it was still pretty hilarious.
The Yankees have activated shortstop Didi Gregorius from the 10-day disabled list, the club announced on Friday. Infielder Pete Kozma was designated for assignment to clear roster space.
Gregorius, 27, suffered a strained right shoulder while playing in the World Baseball Classic last month. He’s in Friday’s starting lineup, batting sixth against the Orioles.
Last season, Gregorius hit .276/.304/.447 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI in 597 plate appearances.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Mets will place outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Cespedes left Thursday’s game after suffering the injury running the bases.
Things keep going poorly for the Mets, who are in last place in the NL East with an 8-13 record. Cespedes will join a lengthy list of names in the infirmary, including David Wright, Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores, Steven Matz, Seth Lugo, and Noah Syndergaard.
Cespedes is batting a very productive .270/.373/.619 with six home runs and 10 RBI through his first 75 plate appearances.
With Cespedes out, Michael Conforto should be cemented as an everyday player and Juan Lagares will handle center field with Granderson moving back to right field and Jay Bruce covering first base.