Indians reliever Nick Hagadone will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing left elbow surgery Thursday.
There was some speculation that Hagadone would need a second Tommy John surgery, but Jordan Bastian of MLB.com writes that the procedure involved stabilizing a fractured medial epicondyle bone in the elbow. This is similar to the injury suffered by Athletics right-hander Jarrod Parker earlier this year, which also required surgery from Dr. James Andrews. Hagadone is expected to need six-to-nine months of rehab time, so he could be a bit behind at the start of next season.
Hagadone, 29, owns a 4.72 ERA with 9.3 K/9 and 4.6 BB/9 over 143 relief appearances in the majors. After having a nice year out of Cleveland’s bullpen in 2014, he had a mediocre 4.28 ERA and 28/12 K/BB ratio in 27 1/3 innings this season.
NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?
Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.
Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.
Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.
Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.
“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.
The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.