After pitching into the seventh inning in his major league debut against the Rangers last Saturday, Blue Jays left-hander Matt Boyd failed to record an out in his start tonight against the Red Sox.
Boyd allowed seven straight batters to reach base before being pulled. He walked one and gave up six hits in the frame, including back-to-back home runs from David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez. Liam Hendriks allowed two inherited runners to score after Blue Jays manager John Gibbons brought the hook, so Boyd ended up being charged with seven runs.
In case you were wondering, this sort of thing doesn’t happen very often:
Boyd’s ERA increased from 5.40 to 14.85 with tonight’s clunker. Hey, it should only get better from here.
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has already been sidelined since June 17 with a bone bruise and “aggravated ligaments” in his right wrist, but he confirmed to Mark Bowman of MLB.com today that the injury will keep him out through the All-Star break.
Freeman received a platelet-rich plasma injection on June 24 and still isn’t able to bend his wrist. While the bone bruise is healing, he’s currently receiving treatment focused on his ligaments and tendons. He’s hoping to go on a minor league rehab assignment during the All-Star break before returning on July 17 against the Cubs, but he also acknowledged that it’s a “best-case scenario.”
The Braves have understandably struggled to stay afloat without the big bat in their lineup, losing seven out of their last 12 games.
It was only natural to be concerned when it was reported that Diamondbacks right-hander Archie Bradley was going to see Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his shoulder, but the news is pretty good under the circumstances.
Bradley originally landed on the disabled list a month ago with right shoulder tendinitis. The 22-year-old made one minor league rehab start with Triple-A Reno on June 24, but didn’t feel quite right. He’ll presumably be shut down from throwing until the discomfort subsides.
Bradley made the Diamondbacks’ rotation with a strong showing during spring training, but his rookie season hasn’t gone smoothly. He has a 5.80 ERA with 23 strikeouts and 22 walks in 35 2/3 innings over eight starts. In addition to his shoulder issue, he had a stint on the disabled list after he was hit in the face by a comebacker in late April.