Blue Jays utilityman Chris Coghlan made what very well may end up being the best play of 2017 when he somersaulted over Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and touched home plate to break a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning last week. It’s a relatively rare play because, up until recently, runners were allowed to run into catchers to attempt to jar the ball loose. But now, with new rules implemented aimed at improving player safety, runners have to get creative to avoid getting tagged.
Coghlan appeared on MLB Network’s MLB Central on Monday to discuss what was going through his mind. It’s really quite a fascinating look into all of the factors Coghlan was considering in a very short amount of time.
The Golden State Warriors will open up the Western Conference Semifinals on Tuesday against the Utah Jazz. As usual, the teams will have an off-day after each game. Naturally, the media was curious how Warriors point guard Stephen Curry would spend his off-days. Curry took the opportunity to roast Giants starter Madison Bumgarner.
Via KNBR’s Sam Hustis:
Bumgarner was injured riding his dirt bike on an off-day last month. He’s expected to be out through the All-Star break.
The Athletics have activated starter Sonny Gray from the 10-day disabled list, the club announced on Monday. Outfielder Ryan LaMarre was optioned to Triple-A Nashville to create roster space.
Gray, 27, began the season on the disabled list due to a lat strain. He’ll make his season debut on Tuesday against the Twins.
Gray had a miserable 2016 campaign, finishing with a 5.69 ERA and a 94/42 K/BB ratio over 117 innings. His 2017 season hasn’t started off well, either, but he’s hoping to erase that over the next five months.
Last summer, Gray’s name came up frequently in trade rumors and if he’s able to pitch well into July, that figures to be the case again this year. He still has two more years of arbitration eligibility remaining and is only earning $3.575 million in 2017, which will make him an attractive trade option for teams in need of pitching but constrained by a budget.