The other day it was revealed that Dallas Keuchel was recovering from a foot injury, which Keuchel told TMZ cameras was suffered during the celebration following the Astros’ World Series victory.
Seems he might’ve been pulling the paparazzi’s legs with that one. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN has the real poop:
A source familiar with the situation said that Keuchel was actually bothered by a case of plantar fasciitis during the final two months of the season. The Astros told media outlets on Sunday that Keuchel has been recovering from a minor foot sprain.
No matter who you believe, the injury is thought to be minor — he pitched with it, obviously, at least according to Crasnick’s sources — and he is expected to be ready for spring training.
Pour one out for those people who make the “most random baseball injuries” lists, who now have to remove Keuchel from their database.
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.