Home plate umpire Mike Everitt left last night’s game between the Detroit Tigers and Colorado Rockies in the middle of the first inning after being hit by a warmup pitch from Tigers starter Michael Fulmer.
One of Fulmer’s pitches got past Tigers catcher James McCann and hit Everitt in the what appeared to be the groin area, as you can see here just before impact:
He doubled over on the field and was attended to by a Rockies trainer. He seemed to be generally OK and in good spirits as he left the game, so here’s hoping it wasn’t too serious.
The rest of the game was played with three umpires, as Tom Woodring moved from second base to home plate and the other two handled it minor league style.
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.