Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper came into Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Rockies homerless since July 20. He ended his power outage in spectacular fashion, blasting a two-run home run to right-center field at Coors Field that went 481 feet.
Harper is having what would be to most other players a great season. But because he set the bar so high with his performance last year, his 2016 campaign is considered a disappointment. He’s hitting .241/.383/.455 with 21 home runs and 62 RBI this year.
The Phillies shut starter Aaron Nola down for the season, moving him to the 60-day disabled list after he was diagnosed with a low-grade sprain of his UCL and a low-grade strain of the flexor tendon in his right elbow, Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal reports.
Nola saw Dr. James Andrews on Monday and received a platelet-rich plasma injection. He’ll be shut down from baseball activities for the next four weeks, and then the Phillies will ramp up his workload, Montemurro adds. The Phillies expect Nola to be ready for spring training next year, as does Nola.
Nola, 23, struggled for much of the season, putting up a 4.78 ERA with a 121/29 K/BB ratio in 111 innings. The Phillies selected him in the first round — seventh overall — in the 2014 draft. He impressed in 13 major league starts last season, his first season in the big leagues.
Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart said the organization has had internal discussions about offering a contract extension to catcher Welington Castillo, Jack Magruder of Today’s Knuckleball reports.
Castillo, 29, will enter his third and final year of arbitration eligibility going into the 2017 season after earning $3.7 million for the 2016 campaign. He’s performed well in one and a half years as a Diamondback, batting .260/.316/.468 with 29 home runs and 92 RBI in 629 plate appearances. Castillo has also been solid defensively, throwing out 34 percent of would-be base stealers this season, a rate that is six percent higher than the league average.
The Diamondbacks were Castillo’s third team last season. He started with the Cubs but was traded to the Mariners in May for Yoervis Medina. The Mariners sent him to the Diamondbacks the following month in the Mark Trumbo trade.