Which player holds the record for the fastest time in becoming a True Yankee? Gotta figure Chase Headley is in that conversation.
Headley was acquired from the Padres yesterday, hopped on a flight to New York and landed at LaGuardia at 6:30pm. The Yankees-Rangers game started at 7:05 and Headley entered the game as a pinch hitter for Zealous Wheeler in the bottom of the eighth. Because the game went 14 innings he actually got four at bats. The first three were uneventful — a strikeout, a ground out and then a grounder into a fielder’s choice. But then in the 14th, with two men on in a 1-1 game, he did this:
A walkoff single for your new team mere hours after joining them is pretty darn special. Welcome to New York, Chase.
MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosh reports that the Cardinals are shutting down pitcher Carlos Martínez from throwing for two weeks because his shoulder strength isn’t where it should have been at this point. Langosch added that an MRI showed no structural damage in Martínez’s right shoulder.
Interestingly, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak didn’t sound too happy with Martínez offseason training regimen. Per Mark Saxon of The Athletic, Mozeliak said, “Obviously, there’s a history with Carlos’ shoulder and it would be probably in everybody’s best interest if he maintained a constant or perpetual approach to that program.”
Martínez, 27, battled oblique and shoulder injuries last year. He accrued just 118 2/3 innings, making just 18 starts. He was moved to the bullpen when he returned from the disabled list in August and finished out the season in that role. Still, Martínez managed a 3.11 ERA with 117 strikeouts and 60 walks.
Langosch reported last week that the Cardinals were considering using Martínez in relief again in 2019. The latest news may push the Cardinals to indeed use Martínez out of the bullpen once again. He will be reevaluated in early March, but there is a chance he won’t be ready for Opening Day.