Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte has 21 stolen bases in 29 attempts this year. Last night he really should’ve been credited with two on one play.
In the bottom of the first inning in the Braves game against Miami Inciarte walked and then, with Matt Kemp at the plate, broke for second base. A.J. Ellis caught Dan Straily‘s pitch and threw down to Dee Gordon, who attempted the tag Inciarte. He probably would’ve gotten him too, but Inciarte’s slide stole something else besides the base. It stole Gordon’s glove:
Inciarte was 2-for-4 and scored a run in the Braves’ come-from-behind win last night. He’s hitting .310/.354/.416 on the season and, of course, remains a defensive whiz in center. This may be one of his best plays of the year, though.
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.