Sad news for Gavin Floyd.
He came back from Tommy John elbow surgery to pitch well for the Braves last season only to fracture his elbow. Then he came back from a fractured elbow to sign a one-year, $4 million deal with the Indians this year.
And now he’s been diagnosed with a stress fracture in the same elbow. Now word yet on what the plan is for Floyd, but surgery is said to be an option and whatever the case it’s not good.
Danny Salazar and T.J. House now both look likely to be in the Indians’ rotation.
In what probably qualifies as good news for Braves left-hander Mike Minor considering he had the dreaded visit to Dr. James Andrews, he’s been diagnosed with rotator cuff inflammation.
In other words, no structural damage.
David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Minor will be shut down from all throwing for two weeks, at which point the Braves will re-examine him and figure out the next step.
Minor, who had shoulder problems last season and was scratched from his first scheduled start of spring training last week, is now unlikely to be ready for Opening Day.
Twins prospect Miguel Sano was on the verge of the majors last spring when elbow problems led to Tommy John surgery that knocked him out for the entire season at age 21, but now he’s back and announced his return with a mammoth home run off Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole:
Sano was a consensus top-10 prospect before elbow surgery and hit .280 with 35 homers and a .992 OPS in 123 games between Single-A and Double-A in 2013. He’ll begin this season in the minors, but there’s a good chance he’s in Minnesota to stay in the second half.
Reds prospect and 2012 second-round draft pick Tanner Rahier was arrested Saturday in Arizona and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after police say “he allegedly knocked a woman unconscious with a rock outside a restaurant.”
More details from MLB.com:
Rahier, 21, allegedly threw a rock at a woman in the parking lot outside Pullano’s Pizza following an argument. According to KPHO.com, the woman had been dating Rahier for about a month and was with him at the restaurant, which is about 25 miles northeast of the Reds’ spring training complex in Goodyear, Arizona.
According to the report, Rahier was intoxicated and refused to pay his bill when he started to argue with the woman, whose name was not released. She managed to get Rahier outside into the parking lot, where he reportedly began throwing rocks at her.
Rahier ran from the scene and then, when police caught him, claimed he wasn’t intoxicated and he didn’t know the woman.
Baseball historian Chris Jaffe points out that today is the 20th anniversary of Michael Jordan quitting baseball, noting that “he went back to his previous line of work.”
People always mock Jordan’s one-year baseball career and I suppose that’s to be expected when the best basketball player of all time leaves the sport he’s dominating to spend a year struggling at Double-A, but it always seemed to me that Jordan’s baseball performance was actually kind of impressive.
He played 127 games as a Double-A outfielder in the White Sox’s farm system–with Terry Francona as his manager–hitting .202 with three homers, 51 walks, 30 steals, and a .556 OPS. Make no mistake, that’s awful. FOR A PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL PLAYER. Jordan was a 31-year-old non-baseball player who hadn’t played the sport regularly in more than a decade and had never played the sport regularly above the high school level.
So yes, you could say “he quit basketball to hit .202 at Double-A?” or you could say “he took up professional baseball at age 31 without any experience above high school and somehow managed to hit above .200 with multiple home runs, an above-average walk rate, and lots of stolen bases!” Or you could just say “Jordan has a higher career on-base percentage at Double-A than Drew Butera!”
Baseball is super hard and what Michael Jordan did during his one year playing the sport professionally is more impressive than he gets credit for.