Matt Carpenter pledges $10,000 for each home run to Houston relief efforts


The water is still rising in some places in Houston and rescue efforts still continue after the historic amounts of rainfall dropped by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey. Soon efforts will more fully turn to relief and recovery. Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals has turned his attention to that already:

Expect other players, as well as clubs, join in such efforts, following on Carpenter’s example. UPDATE: MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced today that the parties will jointly donate $1 million to various relief efforts for the damage throughout the state of Texas created by Hurricane Harvey, including to the American Red Cross.

Such efforts are small in the grand scheme — this is an epic level disaster — but every bit helps. If you’d like to do a little bit, you can you can text “Harvey” to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross’ relief efforts. Or, if you’d like to look at some other charities in need of assistance as they address the aftermath of Harvey, here’s a good starting point:

Dbacks outfielder Steven Souza injured his right shoulder last night

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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.