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.