Joc Pederson has hit some massive homers this year. He’s also played some serious defense in center field.
Take this catch off of Justin Upton’s bat in the Dodgers-Padres game yesterday afternoon in which he (a) runs a country mile; (b) gets turned around a couple of times; and (c) smashes into the wall, yet still makes the grab:
Not only was it a great grab, it was an essential grab. The game was tied in the bottom of the ninth with two men on. If Upton’s ball had landed — and with many center fielders it would’ve — the Padres walk off with a win. As it was, the Dodgers lived to make extra innings and won it.
White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson needed help leaving the field after suffering an ankle injury in the fifth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Anderson was fielding a ball hit up the middle by J.D. Martinez, appearing to twist his ankle in the process.
Leury García moved from center field to shortstop and Ryan Cordell entered the game to play center field. Anderson was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored on the night.
The White Sox should be able to provide more information later tonight or tomorrow. Anderson is in the midst of his best season, entering Tuesday batting .313/.338/.485 with 11 home runs, 37 RBI, 38 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases in 278 plate appearances.