Orioles’ outfielder Craig Gentry left the fourth inning of Friday’s game against the Blue Jays after sustaining a right middle finger laceration. The club has yet to elaborate on the cause of the injury or release a timeline for Gentry’s return.
The 33-year-old outfielder entered the game in the second inning to relieve starting center fielder Adam Jones, who was tossed after arguing balls and strikes following his swinging strikeout in the first inning. Like Jones, Gentry also struck out in his lone at-bat of the night and was replaced by Joey Rickard in the fourth, who went 0-for-3 against an airtight Toronto defense.
It’s poor timing for Gentry, who finally looked like he had bested a string of injuries dating back through 2011. He has yet to serve a stint on the disabled list this season, and hasn’t sustained any serious hand injuries since fracturing his right hand on an attempted bunt in 2014. He entered Friday’s competition batting .260/.336/.390 with two home runs and a .726 OPS through 116 PA for Baltimore.
We’ve poked fun often at the spring training trope of players showing up to camp in the “best shape of [their] life.” Reds first baseman Joey Votto has turned that entirely on its head. Talking about his offseason, the 2010 NL MVP said, “I tried to get fatter. I succeeded at that apparently. We did all the testing and I am fatter,” Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Votto, of course, wasn’t trying to say he’s not in shape; he was just using some of his trademark self-deprecating humor.
Votto did get serious when discussing the state of the rebuilding Reds. As Buchanan also reported, Votto said, “I think we’re starting to get to the point where people are starting to get tired of this stretch of ball. I think something needs to start changing and start going in a different direction. I’m going to do my part to help make that change.”
Votto, 34, is under contract with the Reds through at least 2023, so he still has plenty of incentive to help see the rebuild through. He has been nothing short of stellar over the last three seasons. This past season, he hit .320/.454/.578 with 36 home runs, 100 RBI, and 106 runs scored in 707 appearances across all 162 games. Votto led the majors in walks (134) and on-base percentage and led the National League in OPS (1.032).
Despite Votto’s presence, both FanGraphs and PECOTA are projecting the Reds to put up a 74-88 record. The club had a pretty quiet offseason, expecting to enter 2018 with largely the same roster as last year.