The Dodgers were dealt some rotten luck tonight against the Diamondbacks, as Justin Turner and Juan Uribe suffered injuries on back-to-back plays.
Turner, who made the start at third base to give Uribe a day off, got spiked on his left hand on a hard slide from A.J. Pollock in the third inning. He was replaced by Uribe, who fielded a grounder off the bat of Paul Goldschmidt on the very next play and made a twisting throw across the diamond to get the out. However, he hurt himself while making the play and Alex Guerrero came up as a pinch-hitter in the next half-inning. Hot corner? More like hot potato corner. I’m sorry.
The good news is that both players are considered day-to-day. Turner was diagnosed with left finger stiffness and X-rays came back negative. Meanwhile, Uribe is dealing with left hamstring tightness.
The injuries keep on coming for the Giants.
According to Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com, third baseman Casey McGehee left tonight’s game against the Padres with a left knee strain. He suffered the injury after getting out of the batter’s box on a fly out to end the bottom of the first inning.
Brandon Belt is currently sidelined with a mild groin strain, so the Giants were forced to go with Matt Duffy at first base and Joaquin Arias at third base. The club could call up Adam Duvall from Triple-A Sacramento if McGehee needs a stint on the disabled list.
McGehee, who was acquired from the Marlins over the winter, batted .287/.355/.357 with four home runs and 76 RBI across 160 games last season.
It was ruled last week that Josh Hamilton will receive no discipline after his recent drug relapse. The Angels released a statement in the wake of the decision to express their disappointment, which sure sounded like a team who was upset that they still had to pay him. Angels owner Arte Moreno stepped up the rhetoric last night by refusing to say whether Hamilton would play for the team again and even indicated that the team could look at language in his contract to get some salary relief.
Craig Calcaterra reported last night that Hamilton’s contract doesn’t include the language that Moreno specified, so the Angels might not have much in the way of recourse, but this situation is getting uglier by the second. C.J. Wilson, the Angels player representative with the MLBPA and a teammate of Hamilton dating back to their time in Texas, isn’t pleased with how it’s being handled by his team:
Wilson is speaking some serious truths here. Hamilton has underperformed in his contract with the Angels until this point, but chances are they would be much more supportive of his situation if he was still producing at an MVP level. It’s shameful, but predictable. The 33-year-old Hamilton is still owed $83 million through 2017.
Check out Wilson’s full comments here.
UPDATE: According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, Indians manager Terry Francona said that Gomes suffered a right knee sprain. More will be known about his status after he undergoes an MRI on Sunday morning.
8:32 p.m. ET: Indians catcher Yan Gomes was helped off the field in the top of the ninth inning of today’s game against the Tigers after he was injured in a home plate collision.
No word yet on the exact nature of the injury. Jordan Bastian of MLB.com notes that Gomes’ foot was in the middle of the plate on a force play at home and Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis slid into his leg. It was a clean slide from all accounts. We’ll pass along more information when we get it.
Losing Gomes for an extended period of time would be a tough blow for Cleveland, as the 27-year-old has hit .287 with 32 homers and an .801 OPS in 223 games over the past two seasons. Roberto Perez is the team’s backup catcher and Carlos Santana caught just 11 games last season.
UPDATE: Victor Martinez told Chris Iott of MLive.com that the “pinch” was actually in his surgically-repaired knee, but he said he’s “not concerned.” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus will see how he feels in the morning, but he hasn’t ruled out the possibility that he’ll be in the lineup Sunday.
8:10 p.m. ET: Scary moment here for the Tigers, as Victor Martinez left today’s game against the Indians in the seventh inning with a left leg injury.
Martinez injured himself swinging at a pitch before hitting an RBI single. The 36-year-old reached first base before hobbling off the field. The Tigers have since announced that he felt a pinch in his leg and already feels better. He’s considered day-to-day.
Martinez had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee in February, so any sort of leg issue is a concern. The veteran designated hitter could be limited over the next few days with the Tigers set to play under National League rules in their upcoming series against the Pirates.