So after all that–the arrest, the name change, the suspension–Juan Carlos Oviedo won’t even throw a pitch for the Marlins this season and, it turns out, may not throw a pitch next season either.
Oviedo was diagnosed with a sprained elbow back in July, but today he underwent Tommy John surgery that will sideline him for 12 months. Dr. James Andrews did the honors.
As an impending free agent he’s unlikely to be back with the Marlins and will probably have to settle for an incentive-laden one-year contract, perhaps with an option for 2014 so the team that signs him can get some potential benefit once he’s healthy.
Or, because he hasn’t actually faced big-league hitters since September 21, 2011 he may have to rehab on his own and try to secure a contract only after he’s healthy enough to throw off a mound in the second half of next season.
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.