First base umpire Mike Estabrook made one of the worst calls of the season on a play in the top of the fifth inning of Thursday afternoon’s game between the Mets and Diamondbacks. With the Mets up 1-0, the D-Backs were threatening with runners on first and second. Unfortunately, pitcher Robbie Ray was up. On the first pitch he saw from Rafael Montero, Ray dropped down a bunt on the third base side. Wilmer Flores initially broke back towards the bag, so he had to pivot and come back in on the ball and whip it across the diamond. Ray was a couple of steps past the first base bag when the ball hit Dominic Smith’s glove, but Estabrook ruled Ray out. The call was quickly overturned.
No word yet if the umpires plan to wear white wristbands in protest of me pointing out this horrible call.
Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Steven Souza dove for a ball in a spring training game last night, missed, and ended up injuring his right shoulder.
It looked bad, too. Center fielder Jarrod Dyson stood over him, frantically waving to the dugout for a trainer as Souza kicked his legs in apparent pain. Souza held his arms awkwardly as he walked off the field. At the moment the Dbacks are calling it a right shoulder strain, but he’ll get an MRI on it today after which a more specific diagnosis will come.
If Souza is out for a while it’s a pretty big blow to Arizona’s 2018 plan. Souza was acquired to help cushion the blow of losing J.D. Martinez in free agency. While not the hitter Martinez is, Souza hit 30 homers in Tampa Bay last year, stood likely to at least match that in the more hitter-friendly confines of Chase Field and, of course, plays superior defense.
Potential replacements for Souza include moving David Peralta from left to right and inserting Yasmany Tomas in left or having fourth outfielder Dyson, or perhaps a platoon of Dyson and utilityman Chris Owings, handle right. Socrates Brito is another internal option.
Obviously the Snakes will wait to hear the results of the MRI before going too deeply into replacement plans, all the while hoping that Souza’s injury is far less serious than it appeared to be last night.