Houston lost shortstop Jed Lowrie to the disabled list yesterday and the other player they got from the Red Sox in the Mark Melancon swap, right-hander Kyle Weiland, is unlikely to pitch again this season.
Weiland underwent shoulder surgery in May and was initially hoping to return relatively quickly, but an infection ruined those plans and general manager Jeff Luhnow admitted to Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle that he’d “be surprised if he made it back into the competition this year.”
If healthy he’ll likely compete for spot at the back of the Astros’ rotation next year.
Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo hit one for the history books on Saturday as he fueled the team’s 4-3 win over the Royals with a walk-off home run in the 10th. The homer — a leadoff solo shot off of a Kevin McCarthy fastball — was Choo’s eighth of the year and 176th of his career, giving him the edge over Hideki Matsui for the most MLB home runs by an Asian-born player.
Exactly what happened to the ball afterwards is still a bit of a mystery, though the Rangers put out a PSA after the game’s dramatic finish. It doesn’t look like anyone has stepped forward with the ball just yet.
Choo, 35, is off to a solid start this season. While he’s nowhere near the .276-average, 3.4+ fWAR totals of years past, he’s batting a strong .259/.359/.423 with eight home runs, two stolen bases and a .782 OPS in 234 plate appearances so far.
His extra-inning blast gave the Rangers the necessary advantage for their 22nd win of the year. Had it not been for Bartolo Colon‘s three-run snafu in the third inning, the right-hander would have joined Choo with a historical milestone of his own: the most career pitcher wins by a Dominican-born player, with 243.