This isn’t what Rockies fans want to hear. According to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, Nolan Arenado was a late scratch from tonight’s lineup against the Padres due to a sore left wrist.
It’s unclear how long Arenado’s wrist has been an issue, but the Rockies are calling him day-to-day for now. Rafael Ynoa made the start at third base in his place.
Arenado took a step forward offensively in 2014 while winning his second straight Gold Glove Award for his fantastic defense at the hot corner. The 24-year-old is off to a great start this season, batting .311/.380/.644 with three home runs and 10 RBI across his first 50 plate appearances.
Ben Zobrist left Sunday’s game due to left knee soreness and Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com reports that he’ll miss at least another couple of days after receiving a cortisone shot.
Zobrist said an MRI showed no ligament damage in the knee, but he does have cartilage issues. He won’t rule out the possibility of surgery if the knee doesn’t respond, but it would likely just be a cleanup procedure. He’s still hoping to avoid that, though. At the very least, he might change the way he slides to protect the knee.
Zobrist, who was acquired from the Rays in January, is batting .267 (12-for-45) with one home run, eight RBI, and a .764 OPS over his first 12 games this season.
Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander had to cut a simulated game short last Wednesday and he’s currently in shutdown mode due to continued soreness in his throwing arm. While Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said yesterday that there were no plans for Verlander to undergo further tests, team trainer Kevin Rand told James Schmehl of MLive.com today that he actually had an MRI last Thursday which confirmed the original diagnosis of a right triceps strain.
Verlander didn’t undergo an MRI after initially suffering the injury in late March, but Rand defended the decision by saying that they “waited until we felt we needed to.”
“When he wasn’t able to make a step that we wanted, that’s when we decided to dive into some testing at that point in time,” Rand said. “Because it gave us a little bit more concern. But it turned out everything was as we expected from the beginning.”
The Tigers will just have to play the waiting game with Verlander for now. Their starters have been pretty good without him, though. Coming into Monday’s action, they ranked second in the majors behind the Cardinals with a 2.48 ERA.
The Mets won their eighth straight game Sunday against the Marlins improve to 10-3 on the year, but it came as a cost, as catcher Travis d’Arnaud and left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins were forced to leave the game due to injuries. Today we learned a little bit more about how long they’ll be sidelined.
As for d’Arnaud, he suffered a fractured right pinkie finger when was hit by a pitch yesterday. The Mets announced today that he’ll wear a splint for three weeks before being reevaluated. There’s a chance he’ll be able to resume baseball activities at that time, so that’s good news under the circumstances. Prospect catcher Kevin Plawecki is expected to get the bulk of the playing time behind the plate during his absence.
Blevins, who was hit by a comebacker yesterday, was diagnosed with a distal radius fracture of the left arm. He’ll wear a splint for six weeks and could resume throwing at that time. Still, it sounds like something that will likely keep him out of the mix for at least the next two months. The Mets are calling up right-hander Hansel Robles to take his place in the bullpen while Alex Torres and Sean Gilmartin will take on bigger roles from the left side.
D’Arnaud was hitting .317 (13-for-41) with two homers and 10 RBI through 11 games this season while Blevins had retired all 15 batters he had faced so far. Tough losses, both of them.
UPDATE: Mark Sheldon of MLB.com brings word that Hamilton is considered day-to-day with a sore right groin.
4:54 p.m. ET: According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton made an early exit from today’s game against the Cardinals in the eighth inning due to an apparent injury.
Hamilton suffered the injury after he beat out an infield single. He appeared to tweak something while trying to avoid the first baseman and could be seen stretching his leg. That’s obviously not something you want to see with someone whose speed is integral to his game. The Reds should provide an update soon.
The infield single snapped an 0-for-14 hitless streak for Hamilton, who is batting just .195 (8-for-41) with a .267 on-base percentage through 11 games. On the bright side, he is 8-for-8 in stolen base attempts.