Dodgers reliever Joel Peralta said he is dealing with a “dead arm” and could need a stint on the disabled list, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports. Peralta reports feeling no pain, but also said he doesn’t have any strength in his shoulder.
Peralta, 39, hasn’t been scored upon in 5 2/3 innings for the Dodgers thus far. He has allowed only two hits and three walks while striking out four. As the main pitcher used in save situations in lieu of the injured Kenley Jansen, Peralta is 3-for-3 in save situations. Yimi Garcia — off to a better start than Peralta — is likely to see increased save chances as will Paco Rodriguez and Pedro Baez if Peralta needs to take a couple of weeks off.
The Braves and Marlins have some bad blood, especially concerning Ronald Acuña Jr. Around this time last year, José Ureña intentionally threw at Acuña in the first at-bat of a game, leading to a benches-clearing incident. Acuña was hit on the elbow and exited the game but was ultimately fine. Acuña’s crime? Just being good at baseball. At the time, he had homered in five consecutive games, including three games against the Marlins.
In 2019, the first-place Braves and last-place Marlins have mostly minded their own business. The Marlins, however, can certainly keep a grudge it appears. With his first pitch in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday night in Atlanta, Marlins starter Elieser Hernández hit Acuña in the hip.
Home plate umpire Alan Porter issued warnings to both dugouts. Braves manager Brian Snitker wasn’t happy about his side having received a warning for no reason, and was ejected by first base umpire Mark Wegner. Hernández would hit Adeiny Hechavarría with a pitch in the fourth inning — seemingly unintentionally — and was not ejected. Other than that, there were no more incidents and cooler heads prevailed.
Acuña finished 1-for-4 in the Braves’ 5-1 win. Freddie Freeman hit two home runs and knocked in four runs.