Scary moment in today’s Phillies-Nationals game, as home plate umpire Brian Knight was forced to exit after he was hit in the facemask by a pitch in the top of the ninth inning.
Knight was hit when Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton flat out missed a 96 mph fastball from right-hander Blake Treinen. The pitch hit him square. He was noticeably woozy, but walked into the tunnel under his own power. The game then had a 12-minute delay, as second base umpire Larry Vanover put on the gear to move behind the plate.
We’ll pass along an update on Knight when it is made available. Here’s hoping for the best.
Nationals reliever Casey Janssen will undergo an MRI on his right shoulder, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports. According to Wagner, Janssen reported some abnormal soreness and had trouble getting loose in his last outing on Monday against the Yankees.
Janssen is no stranger to shoulder injuries, as they have nagged him for most of his career. Per Baseball Prospectus, he has had surgery on his shoulder twice: in March 2008 for his labrum, and in November 2012 for A/C joint spurs. He also spent a month and a half on the disabled list last year due to lower back issues. Over 45 2/3 innings with the Blue Jays last season, he finished with a 3.94 ERA and a 28/7 K/BB ratio.
Wagner notes that if Janssen needs to go on the disabled list, the Nationals could turn to Blake Treinen. Treinen made seven starts and eight relief appearances for the Nationals last season, compiling a 2.49 ERA and a 30/13 K/BB ratio in 50 2/3 innings.
I love lineups the day after someone clinches a division title. Most if not all of the regulars are given the day off, partially as a reward, partially because you know they drank their weight in champagne the night before. Especially if they’re on the road and didn’t have to do things like drive automobiles, take the dog out for a morning walk or otherwise be functioning adults before the game.
Today in Atlanta I give you the Washington Nationals’ post-clinch lineup:
1. Michael Taylor, CF
2. Danny Espinosa, 2B
3. Kevin Frandsen, 3B
4. Tyler Moore, 1B
5. Nate Schierholtz, RF
6. Steven Souza, LF
7. Jeff Kobernus, 2B
8. Sandy Leon, C
9. Blake Treinen, SP
There are no regulars. Not even the starting pitcher.
If you’re the sort who bets on baseball games, you may be thinking it’s a good day to bet on the Braves. To that I’d say, well, you may be underestimating the Braves’ commitment to their increasingly typical September collapse, so bet carefully.
Now that Gio Gonzalez is on the disabled list with left shoulder inflammation, the Nationals will turn to right-hander Blake Treinen to take his spot in the starting rotation.
Taylor Jordan was also mentioned as a possible fill-in option for Gonzalez, but Nationals manager Matt Williams confirmed to Chase Hughes of CSNWashington.com this afternoon that Treinen will get the nod. He’ll take his first turn this Thursday against the Pirates.
Treinen, 25, owns a 0.77 ERA and 9/2 K/BB ratio in 11 2/3 innings at the major league level this season. That includes an impressive spot start against the Dodgers back on May 6. He’s a deserving choice to fill in, but the Nationals are surely hoping that they’ll have Gonzalez back soon.