Pirates fans collectively held their breath when All-Star outfielder Andrew McCutchen was hit on the left elbow with a Julio Teheran offering in the first inning of Saturday’s game. X-rays came back negative, allowing for a giant, collective sigh of relief.
Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that McCutchen will start utilizing elbow protection. “Looks like I got to now,” he said.
McCutchen among seven players in baseball who have been hit by at least eight pitches this year. The Pirates as a unit lead the major leagues with 40 HBP’s. “I’m not the only the one ticked off,” McCutchen said, per Sawchik. “We’re all ticked off.”
Braves minor league first baseman Braxton Davidson played the hero during the Arizona Fall League Championship Game on Saturday, but followed up his game-winning homer with what appeared to be a broken left foot.
Braxton had just lofted a 2-1 pitch from Nationals left-hander Taylor Guilbeau in the bottom of the 10th inning and was making his way around the bases when he started hopping on his right foot as he neared the plate. After being helped off the field, that the infielder was quickly taken to a local hospital for further examination, the results of which have yet to be made public.
The 22-year-old helped lift the Peoria Javelinas to their fifth AFL title and second since 2017. He went 2-for-5 with a single and home run in Saturday’s finale over the Salt River Rafters. During the regular season, he completed his third consecutive campaign in High-A and slashed .171/.281/.365 with a career-high 20 home runs and a .646 OPS through 481 plate appearances.