Jason Hayward now leads the National League in OPS, a statistic with
which I’m not familiar. It refers to On-Base/Slugging Percentage. His
leading number is .991, and your guess is as good as mine. It can’t be
bad, so be grateful.
— Former Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Furman Bisher commenting on young Mr. Heyward’s season thus far. Given that the stat in question didn’t really come into prominence until Bisher was in his 80s I’m going to give him a pass on not being completely up with it. Indeed, at 91 he here demonstrates an equal level of understanding and a far greater acceptance of the stat than guys like Dan Shaughnessy do.
Last night, Pirates pitcher Nick Burdi crumpled to the ground, grabbing his right arm after throwing a fastball to Diamondbacks outfielder Jarrod Dyson. The injury looked terrible. So bad, in fact, that Burdi was in tears on the mound as trainers tended to him.
Thankfully, the diagnosis for Burdi is good, all things considered. Per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Burdi has been diagnosed with a strained biceps tendon and flexor mass. He will be sidelined indefinitely, but he appears to need only rehabilitation as opposed to surgery. Burdi will have a second opinion to ensure the correct diagnosis.
Burdi underwent Tommy John surgery in 2017, which kept him out of action for about 14 months. The former Twins top prospect currently holds a 9.35 ERA with a 17/3 K/BB ratio in 8 2/3 innings for the Pirates this season.