Tigers ace David Price exited Friday night’s start in the seventh inning after stepping on a bat while backing up home plate, but an MRI exam revealed good news: Price has been diagnosed with a mild hamstring strain.
Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that the Tigers will wait until early next week to determine when his next start will be, depending on how quickly he recovers over the weekend.
For now, though, he’s avoided the disabled list and it certainly sounds like the Tigers don’t expect him to miss more than one start, if that.
Hanley Ramirez has avoided the disabled list, returning to the Red Sox’s lineup today after sitting out three games with a shoulder injury.
Ramirez is starting in left field and batting fourth versus the Blue Jays, looking to pick up where he left off by hitting .283 with 10 homers and a .949 OPS through 25 games.
Ramirez banged his left shoulder against a wall at Fenway Park on Monday and is still experiencing some pain, but apparently everyone has decided he’s fine playing through it.
Mariners first baseman Logan Morrison hit a walk-off homer in the 11th inning Friday night to beat the A’s and then did a television interview in the dugout, at which point teammate Nelson Cruz decided to dump trash on his head:
Please let this become a new celebration across MLB.
Friday night Alex Avila was scratched from the Tigers’ lineup with what the team called a forearm contusion and today they placed the catcher on the disabled list with … “loose bodies” in his left knee.
I’ll take off my doctor’s hat and just say that seems like an odd series of events, but whatever the case Avila is shut down for at least 15 days and possibly a lot longer with another in a long line of injuries. Apparently the knee has been bothering him for much of the season.
Triple-A catcher Bryan Holaday was called up to take Avila’s spot on the roster, but James McCann figures to see most of the action behind the plate.
On the same day they announced that right-hander Alex Cobb will undergo season-ending Tommy John elbow surgery the Rays also placed left-hander Drew Smyly back on the disabled list with shoulder soreness.
Smyly began the season on the DL with shoulder tendinitis, returning on April 24 to make three starts with a 2.70 ERA and 21/3 K/BB ratio in 17 innings to show the same type of top-of-the-rotation upside he displayed after the Rays acquired him from the Tigers in last year’s David Price trade.
Smyly was scheduled to start Sunday, but Kelly Parsons of the Tampa Bay Times reports that “he was having trouble getting loose between innings in his last start” on May 5.