I have no idea how ballplayers function when stuff happens with their families while they’re on the road:
While in Denver on Thursday, Rafael Furcal got an alarming call from
his wife. Authorities had issued a mandatory evacuation of their
Flintridge neighborhood as the raging Station Fire approached, and she
didn’t know what to do.
“I tell my wife, ‘You know what, get clothes for the kids and
take the car and get out of there,'” Furcal said. “Life is more
important than anything.”
Furcal’s house was spared and everyone was alright. Torre didn’t start Furcal against the Diamondbacks last night, in part to give him a mental break.
The loss of a close, well-pitched game is hard enough for any team to take, but when you lose two key players to injury in the process it’s gotta be damn nigh intolerable. That’s what happened to the Angels last night in their 3-1 loss to Minnesota, losing Andrelton Simmons and Shohei Ohtani. And it happened on consecutive plays in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Simmons is likely to be gone for an extended period after suffering a sprained ankle which was later deemed “severe”. Indeed, they weren’t sure it wasn’t broken until the X-rays came back negative. He sustained the injury running to first base, trying to beat out an infield hit. He came down on the ankle and it twisted in ugly fashion — there are Gifs of it on Twitter and stuff, but you don’t wanna see them — before tumbling over the bag to the ground. Simmons will have an MRI today to see how bad things really are.
Ohtani got off more easily, getting hit in the right ring finger with a pitch while striking out. His X-rays were also negative, but they will reassess him today.
Simmons is hitting .298/.323/.415 on the year while playing his usual spectacular defense. Ohtani, who just came back from Tommy John surgery as a hitter a couple of weeks ago, is hitting .250/.345/.375.