The Phillies shut starter Aaron Nola down for the season, moving him to the 60-day disabled list after he was diagnosed with a low-grade sprain of his UCL and a low-grade strain of the flexor tendon in his right elbow, Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal reports.
Nola saw Dr. James Andrews on Monday and received a platelet-rich plasma injection. He’ll be shut down from baseball activities for the next four weeks, and then the Phillies will ramp up his workload, Montemurro adds. The Phillies expect Nola to be ready for spring training next year, as does Nola.
Nola, 23, struggled for much of the season, putting up a 4.78 ERA with a 121/29 K/BB ratio in 111 innings. The Phillies selected him in the first round — seventh overall — in the 2014 draft. He impressed in 13 major league starts last season, his first season in the big leagues.
On Thursday, it was reported that the Marlins had internal discussions about bringing Alex Rodriguez to the team. Then, on Saturday, manager Don Mattingly said the club hasn’t been discussing the idea. Now, after losing slugger Giancarlo Stanton for the rest of the season, president of baseball operations Michael Hill said on Sunday that the team is considering reaching out to Rodriguez, Steven Wine of the Associated Press reports.
Hill said, “We’re going to look at everything. There has been information out there about his situation. I have no idea what his interest level is to continue playing. He has something set up to move into the Yankees front office; I don’t know where his head is on that.”
The Marlins beat the White Sox 5-4 on Sunday afternoon, remaining 8.5 games behind the first-place Nationals in the NL East and temporarily moved into a tie with the Cardinals for the second NL Wild Card slot.
Rodriguez, 41, was released by the Yankees after Friday’s game. He hit .200/.247/.351 with nine home runs and 31 RBI in 243 plate appearances. He is four home runs shy of becoming the fourth member of the 700 home run club along with Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, and Babe Ruth.
If Rodriguez doesn’t end up being an option for the Marlins, they’re also considering outfielder Carlos Gomez, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports. Gomez was designated for assignment by the Astros last Wednesday.
In what could be interpreted as a metaphor for the Phillies’ season, pinch-hitter Taylor Featherston hit a foul ball that landed directly in the Phillies’ dugout garbage can at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. Aaron Altherr, waiting nearby, raised his arms in celebration of the achievement.
Featherston pinch-hit for reliever Elvis Araujo and ended up striking out. Freddy Galvis had given the Phillies a 3-1 lead in the at-bat just ahead of Featherston, slugging a three-run home run to left field off of reliever Grant Dayton. The Phillies would go on to win 6-2, salvaging the final game of their West coast road trip.