Mike Leake who, like seemingly everyone else on the Reds, is on the trading block turned in an excellent performance this afternoon, allowing one runs on four hits over eight innings in the Reds’ 9-1 win over the Chicago Cubs.
It was the first in a twinbill between these two teams but it could quite have easily been Leake’s last start in Cincinnati as a member of the Reds. Leake will be a free agent after the season and the Reds are going nowhere, so he’s likely to be in high demand given his that he’s given up just two runs in his last 21 innings.
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.
Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.
Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.