Adam Ottavino was diagnosed with a torn ligament in his right elbow earlier this week and Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports that he underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery this morning.
The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews and Ottavino said that “everything went as expected.” The rehab process figures to keep him sidelined through the early part of the 2016 season.
Ottavino appeared poised for a breakthrough as Colorado’s closer this season, but surgery means that he’ll finish the year with a spotless 0.00 ERA over 10 1/3 innings to go along with a 13/2 K/BB ratio. John Axford is now handling save chances for Walt Weiss’ club.
The Rangers handed the Astros their first loss since April 22 tonight with a 2-1 comeback victory at Minute Maid Park. The loss snaps Houston’s winning streak at 10 games.
The Astros had the early lead in this one, as Evan Gattis hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first inning. Dallas Keuchel held the Rangers scoreless over the first seven innings — and even struck out seven batters in a row at one point — but Jake Smolinski tied the game in the eighth with an RBI single while Robinson Chirinos drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly off Chad Qualls in the ninth.
Houston’s offense has been on a tear of late, but Ross Detwiler held them in check tonight by allowing just one run on four hits and two walks while striking out seven. Neftali Feliz struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning for his third save of the season.
Despite the loss, the Astros still own the best record in the American League at 18-8.
UPDATE: Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that Ramirez is considered day-to-day for now. In other words, the Red Sox will wait to see how he responds before considering a stint on the disabled list.
8:17 p.m. ET: Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that the preliminary diagnosis is a left shoulder sprain.
7:59 p.m. ET: Scary moment here for the Red Sox, as Hanley Ramirez was forced to leave tonight’s game against the Rays in the top of the first inning after running into the wall along the left-field line at Fenway Park while trying to make a catch. Check it out below:
It sure looks like a possible left shoulder injury. It’s worth noting that Ramirez previously had surgery on the same shoulder in 2007 and 2011. The Red Sox will have to cross their fingers for now.
Ramirez is off to a monster start this season, batting .283 with 10 home runs and a .949 OPS through 24 games coming into tonight’s action. The 31-year-old is in the first year of a four-year, $88 million contract and made the move to left field after signing with Boston.
UPDATE: According to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, Rendon was diagnosed with an oblique strain following an MRI. He’ll be shut down until the injury heals.
7:16 p.m. ET: Anthony Rendon’s long road back from a left knee sprain continues to be delayed due to ongoing tightness in his side.
Rendon originally began a minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Harrisburg on April 24 and appeared in back-to-back games before side tightness kept him off the field. While he was able to return to action this past Friday and went 0-for-2 with a walk, he was scratched on Saturday and Sunday due to recurring symptoms.
According to Chase Hughes of CSNWashington.com, Rendon was back in Washington. D.C. today to be examined by team doctor Dr. Wiemi Douoguih. While Nationals manager Matt Williams isn’t calling it an oblique injury, they don’t want to take any chances and make it worse.
“I don’t know why it’s been a problem. It’s just crept up on him. So we’re being cautious with it to make sure that it doesn’t turn into something we don’t want it to turn into,” Williams said.
“So last couple of days, he’s taken it easy and, you know, he went through the full workout a couple of days ago and it was tight, so we made sure yesterday, we shut him down for yesterday. And then he’s back here to see the doc today and hopefully resume.”
The Nationals have turned things around after a slow start, recently winning three out of four from the first-place Mets, but this lineup would like a whole lot scarier with a healthy Rendon. The 24-year-old is coming off a monster season in which he batted .287/.351/.473 with 21 home runs, 83 RBI, and 17 stolen bases.
Jeff Karstens hasn’t appeared in the majors since 2012 due to injury and today he took to Instagram to announce his retirement from baseball:
Karstens, 32, didn’t pitch at all last season while rehabbing from labrum surgery. He’ll finish his career with a 26-40 record and a 4.44 ERA over 91 starts and 47 relief appearances between the Yankees and Pirates. He was a useful pitcher during his time with Pittsburgh, posting a 3.59 ERA with 5.8 K/9 and 1.7 BB/9 between 2012-2013.