While pitching in the minors Juan Carlos Oviedo suffered a sprained elbow just before the conclusion of his eight-week suspension and now it sounds like the injury, and not false identity charges, will end his season before it even started.
Oviedo was slated to rejoin the Marlins next week and may have even gotten some save chances, but instead baseball operations president Larry Beinfest admitted that “this is not looking good for him to pitch for us this year.”
And that would likely mean the end of his Marlins career considering Oviedo–who saved 97 games for the Marlins while known as Leo Nunez–is an impending free agent and Miami has already invested way too much money in Heath Bell. Beinfest indicated to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post that Oviedo may eventually need surgery, calling it “a sad situation all the way around.”
The Red Sox and Mariners left nothing on the table Friday night, going head-to-head in a series opener that eventually ended 14-10 in the Sox’ favor. Led by Steven Wright and Wade LeBlanc — neither of whom made it past the fifth inning — the teams combined for 34 hits and four home runs, including two moonshots from Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and a five-run rally that gave Boston the edge in the seventh.
In the sixth inning, however, the Red Sox were still scrambling to make up a four-run deficit. Left fielder J.D. Martinez cut it in half with one swing, pouncing on an 89.5-mph fastball from Seattle right-hander Nick Vincent and posting it to dead center field for a two-run shot.
The 427-foot blast was Martinez’s 23rd of the season, tying Mike Trout for the most home runs in the league this year. While he still has a ways to go before eclipsing the career-best 45-HR mark he set in 2017, he’s off to a strong start this season: Entering Friday’s game, the 30-year-old slugger was batting .315/.386/.623 with a 1.009 OPS and AL-leading 55 RBI in 308 PA. He finished Friday’s game 4-for-5 with five RBI, just one triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
Heading into the All-Star Break, both Martinez and Trout still have some competition for the home run title. Jose Ramirez is sitting at 22 homers, while Nelson Cruz and Khris Davis are tied at 20 apiece.