Wednesday night’s Athletics/Yankees game was notable because A’s starter Kendall Graveman became the first AL pitcher to bat at Yankee Stadium. But as for feats of athleticism, Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks took the cake.
With the bases loaded and one out in the top of the fourth inning, Yonder Alonso lifted a Nathan Eovaldi breaking ball to left field. Hicks camped under it, gathered some momentum, and fired home. It was, as they say, a frozen rope, reaching catcher Brian McCann on one hop. McCann applied the tag to a sliding Danny Valencia to complete the double play.
Hicks’ throw was measured at 105.5 MPH by Statcast, the fastest in the Statcast era, per MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch.
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CLEARWATER, Fla. — Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins needs surgery for a torn ACL after injuring his left knee Thursday fielding a grounder in a spring training game and is expected to miss a significant amount of time.
The Phillies did not say when Hoskins would have the surgery or exactly how long the slugging first baseman might be sidelined.
Hoskins hit 30 homers with 79 RBIs last season for the reigning National League champions.
He was backing up to play a chopper on Thursday when the ball popped out of his glove. Sooner after, he fell to the ground and began clutching his left knee. Teammates gathered around him before he was taken off of the field.
Hoskins, a free agent at the end of the season who turned 30 last week, hit six homers in Philadelphia’s playoff run last season. The Phillies lost to the Houston Astros in the World Series.
The injury was another blow for the Phillies, who will be without top pitching prospect Andrew Painter for another few weeks because of a sprained ligament in his right elbow. And slugger Bryce Harper isn’t expected back until around the All-Star break after undergoing Tommy John surgery in November.