Because of September roster expansion and the lack of need for disabled list stints it’s much harder to differentiate between a day-to-day injury and a more significant injury.
Which brings us to Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, who’s out of the lineup tonight for the 11th consecutive game with a hamstring injury while remaining on the active roster.
Miguel Rojas has been filling in for Hechavarria, whose surprisingly strong start to the season eventually gave way to his usual underwhelming offensive production in the form of a .689 OPS in 130 games overall.
The Angels released a medical update on P/DH Shohei Ohtani Thursday evening. Ohtani was reevaluated by Dr. Steve Yoon at the Kerlan Jobe Institute. The right-hander’s sprained UCL showed improved healing and, as a result, he has been cleared to begin a throwing progression.
Ohtani, 24, was diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow after his June 6 start against the Royals and hasn’t pitched since, though he has been in the lineup as a hitter since July 3. It was initially believed he would undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery. Then the thought was that Ohtani wouldn’t pitch again for the rest of the season, but this update suggests a possibility he could return to the mound before the season is over.
In nine starts, Ohtani put together a 3.10 ERA with a 61/20 K/BB ratio in 49 1/3 innings. As a hitter, he batted .283/.365/.522 with seven home runs and 22 RBI in 157 plate appearances.