UPDATE: According to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, Herrera left the game with right forearm tightness. That’s not a good sign.
11:22 p.m. ET: Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera was just forced to exit Game 1 of the ALDS against the Angels with an apparent injury.
Jason Vargas allowed two runs over six innings before being replaced by Herrera, who issued a leadoff walk to David Freese before being visited by a team trainer and exiting the game. It looked like the was shaking out his arm after a pitch on the replay, but we should know more about his status after the game.
It would be a really tough blow if the Royals have to make due without Herrera the rest of the way. The 24-year-old right-hander had a 1.41 ERA over 70 appearances during the regular season.
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.
Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.
Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.