As Bill noted last night, Cardinals right fielder Stephen Piscotty had a painful trip around the bases, getting hit in the right elbow by a pitch to reach base, hit on the left elbow while stealing second and then hit on the earflap of his helmet while sliding into home.
He left the game after that, and was put through MLB’s concussion protocol. Good news on that front: he passed. No concussion. Just a head contusion near his cheekbone and a super sore right elbow from that HBP.
Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that Piscotty was going to be held out of today’s Cubs-Cards game as a precaution, but that game has been postponed due to rain, so he may not miss any time at all, assuming he’s feeling OK in time for tomorrow’s contest.
MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig‘s one-game suspension has been rescinded. Instead, he will make a charitable donation. The alternative “punishment” was agreed to by Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association.
Puig was suspended one game two weeks ago after flipping off some hecklers at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Puig showed remorse after the game, saying, “I stooped to their level.”
Entering Tuesday night’s action, Puig was batting .251/.331/.458 with 14 home runs and 41 RBI in 287 plate appearances.
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre picked a good time to hit his 450th home run. With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the ninth inning, Beltre took the first pitch he saw from closer Cody Allen for a ride, sending it into the left field seats at Progressive Field to break the tie.
The Rangers would go on to win 2-1. Beltre finished 2-for-4. He now has 2,969 career hits, leaving him 31 shy of becoming the 31st member of the 3,000 hit club.
On the season, Beltre is hitting .303/.373/.562 with five home run sand 22 RBI in 102 plate appearances.