Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer left Sunday’s game with a leg injury. The official diagnosis is a bone bruise below his knee, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY reports. He may need to go on the disabled list, but Cuddyer says it won’t be a season-ending injury. ESPN’s Adam Rubin adds that Mets trainers will try one last medicinal fix in an effort to keep him off of the DL.
Cuddyer, 36, has been battling the issue for a while, playing no small part in his disappointing numbers. He entered play Sunday hitting .249/.298/.381 with eight home runs and 30 RBI in 309 plate appearances.
It’s not known yet what the Mets would do to account for an extended absence, but there have already been calls for the club to promote top prospect Michael Conforto. Conforto, 22, was taken by the Mets 10th overall in the first round of the 2014 draft. In 378 PA between Single-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton, he has hit .301/.373/.488 with 12 home runs and 52 RBI.
With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.
Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.
The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.
Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.