Tasked with facing White Sox ace Chris Sale in his major league debut tonight, Astros shortstop Carlos Correa popped out to third base in his first at-bat in the second inning, but he beat out an infield single in the fourth inning for his first major league hit and RBI. Correa was originally ruled out, but the call was overturned after a replay challenge. Check it out below:
Not the most exciting way to get your first hit, but there you go. By the way, that single from Correa snapped Sale’s personal scoreless streak at 22 2/3 innings.
UPDATE: Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Holliday was diagnosed with a right quad strain. He’ll be further evaluated on Tuesday.
9:37 p.m. ET: Troubling development here for the first-place Cardinals, as Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that left fielder Matt Holliday left tonight’s game against the Rockies with an apparent injury to his right knee.
Holliday suffered the injury when he stumbled coming in on a ball off the bat of Carlos Gonzalez in the bottom of the second inning. He was on the ground in pain for a couple of minutes before getting on his feet and walking off the field under his own power, but he was moving very gingerly.
The Cardinals have managed to get by without staff ace Adam Wainwright and starting first baseman Matt Adams until this point, but losing Holliday for a significant period of time would present another major challenge. Updates as we hear them.
Vanderbilt shortstop Dansby Swanson was drafted No. 1 overall by the Diamondbacks earlier this evening. Vandy was in action today, beating Illinois to earn a return trip to the College World Series, so he was surrounded by his teammates and family at the time. Here’s his reaction:
Great stuff. Swanson’s teammates, right-handers Carson Fulmer and Walker Buehler, were taken later in the first round. Fulmer was selected No. 8 overall by the White Sox while Buehler was picked by the Dodgers at No. 24 overall. A lot to celebrate today.
In the wake of last Friday’s incident at Fenway Park, fan safety is naturally on the minds of a lot of people right now. Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke about the issue prior to tonight’s First-Year Player Draft and told Tim Britton of the Providence Journal that MLB will re-evaluate where they stand.
“Obviously the first and most important thing to say is we’re all concerned about the long-term well-being of the woman that was injured. That’s the most important issue,” Manfred said before Monday night’s First-Year Player Draft in Secaucus. “From Major League Baseball’s perspective, when you have an incident like this, you have to go back and re-evaluate where you are on all of your safety issues. Trust me, we will do that — just like we are on a variety of issues right now at the beginning of my tenure. It’s important not to lose sight of the fact that we have taken important steps in this area. Bat safety is much improved from where it was a few years ago. We spent a lot of time, effort and money to make sure that our bats are safer and we have lessened these incidents.”
According to a report from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal over the weekend, players requested additional protective netting during negotiations for the last two collective bargaining agreements in 2007 and 2012. However, their proposal — which included extending netting down the foul lines and even to the foul poles — was rejected by owners. Asked specifically about the possibility of additional netting in MLB stadiums, Manfred said “there’s a variety of issues we’re going to take a fresh look at.”
With Astros prospect shortstop Carlos Correa about to make his major league tonight against the White Sox, it’s only fitting that we mention that Stephen Strasburg’s major league debut was five years ago today. And what a debut it was. Strasburg got the win against the Pirates after allowing two runs over seven innings and striking out 14 batters. Let’s go back in time and enjoy:
That was so much fun. While Strasburg proved worthy of the lofty expectations on that night, the unprecedented hype has almost seemed like a burden for him since. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has a nice piece up today about his journey over the past five years.