UPDATE: The Cardinals announced that all tests on Piscotty were negative and he’ll be held overnight for observation. Fantastic news.
9:49 p.m. ET: The Cardinals just announced that Piscotty suffered a head contusion and is being transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.
9:41 p.m. ET: Terrifying moment tonight in Pittsburgh, as Cardinals rookie Stephen Piscotty was carted off the field after a violent collision with teammate Peter Bourjos in left-center field.
Both players were going after a fly ball off the bat of the Pirates’ Josh Harrison in the bottom of the seventh inning. Bourjos made a sliding catch, but a diving Piscotty took a knee to the head/face in the process. You can watch the play here, but I’ll warn you that it’s very graphic. Bourjos immediately waved for help as Piscotty was motionless on the ground, apparently unconscious. PNC Park was silent as Piscotty was eventually moved to a stretcher in a neck brace. One piece of good news is that he waved to the crowd as he was being carted off the field.
We’ll pass along an update as soon as it is made available. Here’s hoping for the best.
Piscotty has been a key contributor for the Cardinals since his call-up in July, batting .310/.365/.502 with seven home runs and 39 RBI over 62 games.
Jonathan Papelbon has thrown his final pitch for the Nationals this season, as the team announced this afternoon that he has been suspended four games for Sunday’s incident with Bryce Harper. He has also dropped the appeal of his three-game suspension for hitting Orioles third baseman Manny Machado with a pitch.
While Papelbon’s season is over, his future with the Nationals is also in question. The Nationals guaranteed him $11 million for 2016 as a condition of his trade from the Phillies, so he is under contract. However, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo was noncommittal when asked about Papelbon’s future after Monday’s game.
Here’s Rizzo on Papelbon, from Mark Zuckerman of CSNMA.com:
“He’s under contract,” the GM said. “We’re going to evaluate every moving part that we have after the season, and we’ll make all those decisions once the final out is made in 2015.”
For what it’s worth, Papelbon jerseys have been removed from the Nationals team store.
Sonny Gray complained of hip soreness after Friday’s start against the Giants and Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that the Athletics have decided to shut him down early.
It was assumed that Barry Zito’s final appearance was Saturday’s meeting with former “Big Three” member Tim Hudson, but he’ll start in Gray’s place on Wednesday against the Angels. The veteran left-hander will be going on three days’ rest, but he only threw 48 pitches on Saturday. Athletics manager Bob Melvin told Lee that Zito could threw as many as 70 pitches on Wednesday.
As for Gray, he’ll wrap up his season with a 2.73 ERA and 169/59 K/BB ratio in 208 innings over 31 starts. He’s been a steady presence on a staff which has used 13 starters this season.