This is an injury report that will make you wince. Diamondbacks outfielder Cody Ross had to leave this afternoon’s game against the Mets after ending the first inning with a ground out to third base. He had to be carted off the field with what the team has officially reported as a dislocated hip, via MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert.
When Ross came out, Martin Prado moved from third base to left field. Rookie Matt Davidson came into the game at third base. Davidson would get his first career hit leading off the top of the sixth, singling to left field against Mets starter Jon Niese.
Ross, now 32 years old, missed the first ten games of the season with a strained left calf. Since returning on April 13, he has posted a .747 OPS in 350 trips to the plate.
The Diamondbacks signed Ross as a free agent in the off-season to a three-year, $26 million contract.
Not long after the new ownership group bought the Miami Marlins, face of the franchise Derek Jeter made it clear that he wanted the home runs sculpture beyond the outfield fence gone. He simply doesn’t like it aesthetically and many think that, among Jeter’s goals, he’d like to erase any trace of Jeff Loria’s legacy, which includes the sculpture.
The problem: the sculpture is not Jeter’s to remove. The sculpture is public property, purchased as part of the Art in Public Places program, which requires art to be installed for the public in county-owned buildings, which includes Marlins Park. Miami-Dade officials have said that moving it was not possible as the sculpture was “not moveable” and was “permanently installed: as it was designed specifically for Marlins Park. And that’s before you get into how logistically complicated it would be to move it. It’s seven stories tall and is connected to a hydraulic system, plumbing and there’s electricity.
What Jeter wants, however, Jeter eventually gets. From the Miami Herald:
The Miami Marlins won county permission on Tuesday to move its home-run sculpture out of Marlins Park to the plaza outside . . . In its new location outside, “Homer” will still turn on for home runs, as well as at the end of every home win and every day at 3:05 p.m., an homage to Miami’s original area code.
It may or may not be moved before Opening Day, but once it is moved there will be a new seating and standing room only area for spectators where the sculpture currently sits.