Sad to say it, but we all had a feeling this news was coming.
Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Chris Young was diagnosed with an anterior capsule tear in his throwing shoulder. It’s the same injury that limited him to four starts last season — which he rehabbed — but he hasn’t decided whether he’ll rehab this latest injury or go ahead with surgery.
Either way, we can safely assume that he won’t be pitching for the Mets again anytime soon. And if he has surgery like teammate Johan Santana, who was diagnosed with the same injury last September, he could miss up to a year or more.
As Rubin wrote earlier today, the Mets won’t be responsible beyond Young’s $1.1 million base salary if he doesn’t pitch again this season. His contract includes $3.4 million in performance-based incentives which kicks in if he reaches 10 starts and 70 innings pitched. He has thrown 24 innings over four starts so far this season.
Nothing went right for the Blue Jays this weekend. The club was swept in a four-game series against the Athletics, including a 9-2 loss on Sunday. Not wanting to burn out his bullpen in a lopsided game — and perhaps thinking about the general entertainment value involved — Blue Jays manager John Gibbons decided to send designated hitter Kendrys Morales out to pitch the ninth inning. And in typical baseball fashion, he saw better results than some of the dudes who do this all the time.
Morales, who actually pitched in Cuba nearly 20 years ago, worked around a walk for a scoreless inning. He induced three fly outs and topped out at 87.4 mph on his fastball, per Brooks Baseball. He received a standing ovation on the way back to the dugout. Morales hasn’t been hearing that sort of thing for his contributions with the bat recently.
Morales, 34, is batting just .163/.248/.279 with three home runs through 32 games this season. There’s been some understandable clamoring for top prospect Vladmir Guerrero, Jr. to cut into his at-bats. For his part, Morales has been doing everything he can to break out of his slumber at the plate, including ditching the glasses he started wearing during spring training. Hey, whatever works. Morales also had two of Toronto’s four hits on Sunday.
On the heels of Morales’ first MLB appearance on the mound, it feels rather appropriate that the Blue Jays will get their first look at Angels sensation Shohei Ohtani — at least as a hitter — beginning on Tuesday.