Mike Wright of the Orioles is a 25-year-old rookie struggling a good bit in his first nine big league games. But he’s an all-star good samaritan. As the Baltimore Sun reports, he was leaving Camden Yards after Sunday’s game when he came across a motorist who had a flat tire. He leant a hand:
“He was there trying to crank it up and he was obviously struggling,” Wright said. “I went down there and helped him jack it up, helped him loosen up a few bolts. It just took about 20 minutes.”
And when he was done he offered to leave the guy and his girlfriend tickets for a future O’s game.
Wright played parts of three seasons in Triple-A. And if this baseball thing doesn’t work out for him he can go get a job with AAA.
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.