Braves starter Julio Teheran found himself in hot water in the bottom of the second inning, giving up back-to-back singles to Yasiel Puig and Juan Uribe. After striking out Skip Schumaker, A.J. Ellis walked to load the bases for pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu. Ryu hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Puig. With runners on the corners and two outs, Carl Crawford worked the count to 2-2 against Teheran before turning on an 84 MPH slider, sending it well beyond the fence in right field for a three-run home run, putting the Dodgers up 4-2.
After striking out Mark Ellis to end the inning, Teheran was visibly upset at himself, yelling forcefully into his glove while walking off the mound. He needed 30 pitches to get through the bottom of the second and now finds himself at 46 total. It could be a bullpen night for the Braves if Teheran can’t straight himself out quickly.
The Astros have released first baseman Jon Singleton, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Singleton, 26, was suspended for 100 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse for a third time. He has had issues with marijuana in the post and admitted to being a drug addict several years ago. He said, “At this point it’s pretty evident to me that I’m a drug addict. I don’t openly tell everyone that, but it’s pretty apparent to myself. I know that I enjoy smoking weed, I enjoy being high and I can’t block that out of my mind that I enjoy that. So I have to work against that.”
Singleton played parts of two seasons in the majors in 2014-15 with the Astros, batting a combined .171/.290/.331 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI in — appropriately — 420 plate appearances. He spent 2016 with Triple-A Fresno and 2017 with Double-A Corpus Christi, putting up middling numbers.
If he can convince teams he’s still actively working to overcome his addiction, Singleton may be able to find an opportunity elsewhere. But his road back to the majors remains long. He was once a top prospect in the Phillies’ system, then was traded to the Astros in the Hunter Pence deal back in July 2011.