It’ll get slightly less attention than shutting down Stephen Strasburg last season, but the Nationals have shut down rookie Taylor Jordan after he reached 142 total innings between the majors and minors.
Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the initial plan called for Jordan to make a couple more starts, but his recent back problems convinced the Nationals to just shut him down now. Jordan underwent Tommy John elbow surgery in 2011 and logged just 54 total innings last season.
Despite missing the final six weeks Jordan had a heckuva season, advancing all the way from Single-A to the big leagues by posting an incredible 1.00 ERA in the minors. And then he more than held his own as a 24-year-old rookie, throwing 52 innings with a 3.69 ERA and 29/11 K/BB ratio for the Nationals.
With just over a week left in the regular season, the Diamondbacks have elected to shut down infielder/outfielder Ketel Marte. Marte has been dealing with some lower back inflammation and stiffness over the last few days; on Friday, the team revealed that he was diagnosed with a stress reaction as well.
It doesn’t look as though the injury will compromise Marte’s 2020 campaign, but as Craig noted on Wednesday, his absence will likely have some effect on his NL MVP candidacy. The 25-year-old will wrap his first All-Star season with a .329/.389/.592 batting line, 32 home runs, a .981 OPS, and a staggering, career-best 7.1 fWAR through 628 plate appearances.
Marte told reporters Thursday that the back pain had been an issue “for the past two months,” though he didn’t comment on the severity of the injury. Despite his ability to play through the pain since July, the issue has clearly escalated in the last week or so. Although the loss of their most valuable contributor may have a negative impact on the D-backs’ chances of competing in the postseason, it’s undeniably a wise move to let Marte recuperate rather than pushing him to play for another week and running the risk of further injury.
Entering Friday’s series against the Padres — their last road series of the regular season — Arizona still has a sizable gap to close in order to earn one of two NL wild card spots. They’re five games out of postseason contention, with the Nationals, Brewers, Cubs, Mets, and Phillies ahead of them.