Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that Mariners pitching prospect Victor Sanchez has been involved in an unfortunate accident off of a beach in Carupano, Venezuela. The 20-year-old was struck by a boat and suffered a double skull fracture, requiring surgery.
Reports out of Venezuela describe Sanchez’s condition as “serious but stable”.
Sanchez signed with the Mariners as a free agent in 2011. At the age of 19 last season, he made his Double-A debut, finishing with a 4.19 ERA and a 97/34 K/BB ratio in 124 2/3 innings. He was rated among the Mariners’ ten-best prospects going into each of the last two seasons according to Baseball Prospectus.
Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge was shaken up during Saturday’s 9-2 win over the Royals. The slugger appeared to tweak his left side after hitting a single off of Glenn Sparkman in the sixth inning, and was wincing in pain as team trainers attended to him. Per an official announcement from the club, he sustained a left oblique injury and will undergo an MRI at the New York Presbyterian Hospital this afternoon.
While it’s not yet clear how long Judge will be out of commission, it’s a worrying injury given his history. The 26-year-old outfielder was similarly sidelined in 2016 after a right oblique strain brought an abrupt end to his first MLB call-up, and missed significant time again in 2018 after fracturing his right wrist. It’s also a blow to the Yankees, who currently have a dozen players nursing injuries from bone spurs to rotator cuff issues on the injured list.
Prior to Saturday’s incident, Judge went 2-for-4 with a first-inning home run and a base hit, adding to a healthy .288/.404/.521 batting line and running total of five homers, 11 RBI, and a .925 OPS through his first 89 plate appearances of 2019. He was replaced by infielder/outfielder Tyler Wade, who stepped in to pinch-run in the sixth and returned at the top of the seventh to assume Judge’s post in right field.