Update (8:56 PM EST): X-rays taken on Phillips’ left ring finger were negative, per MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon.
Facing Noah Syndergaard is bad enough. Facing him after fouling a ball off one’s foot is worse. Brandon Phillips had an even worse time in the fourth inning of Monday’s game against the Mets at Citi Field.
Phillips fouled two pitches off of his foot, putting him in some considerable pain, which one could see on the broadcast. Then he was hit on the hand with a 98 MPH Syndergaard fastball. Phillips wound up on his hands and knees in pain. It was no surprise when Phillips exited the game.
Ivan De Jesus, Jr. pinch-ran for Phillips at first base. He advanced to second base on a wild pitch, but was stranded as Syndergaard struck out Adam Duvall and Scott Schebler to end the inning. De Jesus stayed in the game at second base.
We’ll update you when more information is known about Phillips’ injury.
Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.
The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”
Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.
Now, however, Kopech has opted out.