This isn’t what Rockies fans want to hear. According to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, Nolan Arenado was a late scratch from tonight’s lineup against the Padres due to a sore left wrist.
It’s unclear how long Arenado’s wrist has been an issue, but the Rockies are calling him day-to-day for now. Rafael Ynoa made the start at third base in his place.
Arenado took a step forward offensively in 2014 while winning his second straight Gold Glove Award for his fantastic defense at the hot corner. The 24-year-old is off to a great start this season, batting .311/.380/.644 with three home runs and 10 RBI across his first 50 plate appearances.
Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. hit his 40th home run in today’s 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. In so doing he become only the third player to hit 40 homers at age 21 or younger, joining Hall of Famers Mel Ott and Eddie Matthews, who hit 42 and 47, respectively, before turning 22. Ott was only 20 in fact.
Home run marks are a dime a dozen this year, of course, so maybe you want to discount Acuña’s accomplishment. Even if you do, though, you can’t discount his wheels. He didn’t have a stolen base this afternoon but he does have 37 on the year and has over a week to swipe three more. If he does he’ll become a member of the exclusive 40/40 club. It’s only current members: Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano.
The Braves win clinches at least a tie for the NL East title. They’ll clinch the division outright if either they win or the Nationals lose tomorrow.