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Mets manager Terry Collins was admitted to the hospital before yesterdays game in Milwaukee. He is on his way home to New York now, however, and the team has announced that he will be managing tomorrow’s Pirates-Mets game at Citi Field.
Collins is said to be feeling better. We’ve still not had a report on exactly the manner of illness he suffered, but it’s good he’s doing OK now and if he doesn’t want it to be our business, it ain’t our business.
There is absolutely nothing good about someone getting injured by a ground ball and there are fewer good things than that — like, negative good things — about a guy getting injured by a ground ball straight to the crotch. The only even arguable silver lining is the mild amusement one gets from seeing what euphemism “a ground ball straight to the crotch” is given by various media outlets.
Back in the old WWF days, Gorilla Monsoon used to refer to every shot to the crotch as “a shot to the solar plexus” for some reason. The person making the headlines on the MLB.com videos goes with “lower body injury”:
I’m guessing a “lower body” injury would be way better because that’d just be a bruised calf or something. It’s those MID body injuries that really suck.
Either way, Indians third baseman Juan Uribe is said to have a “testicular contusion,” which is something you don’t want anyone to have. Godspeed, Juan.
Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel has been declared a free agent.
Gurriel, a 32-year-old third baseman, batted .535 with a 1.615 OPS and 10 home runs over 23 games last season in Cuba’s Serie Nacional and he registered a 1.009 OPS in 49 games the season before.
Gurriel has expressed interest in playing for the Yankees and has spoken with fellow Cuban Aroldis Chapman about what it’s like to play in New York. Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times tweeted today that the Dodgers have expressed interest. Not a shocker given how active Los Angeles has been on the market of Cuban free agents.
Here’s a scouting report on Gurriel from 2080’s Dave Defriates from a few months back. Short version: his bat probably plays in the bigs right now, but his defense can be erratic, even if he is generally competent at third . At 32 you figure that the defense will not improve, of course, so his window as a big contributor is likely to be somewhat narrow.