Rockies’ right-hander Jon Gray was placed on the 10-day disabled list after sustaining a stress fracture in his left foot during Thursday’s start against the Brewers. The club has yet to announce a timetable for his return, but MLB.com’s Thomas Harding reports that the starter could miss at least a month during the recovery process.
Gray, 25, first injured his left big toe in spring training, but recovered to start the season with the Rockies and has made three regular season starts to date. He has yet to pitch more than 5 1/3 innings in any start this season, and exited Thursday’s outing after tossing just three innings. Through 12 1/3 innings this season, the righty has given up six runs, seven walks and one home run and struck out nine of 53 batters faced.
Gray is looking to follow up a solid sophomore season with the Rockies, during which he produced a 4.61 ERA, 5.1 BB/9, 6.6 SO/9 and 3.7 fWAR over 168 1/3 innings in 2016. He’ll be temporarily replaced by right-hander Shane Carle, who was recalled by the club from Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday.
The Brewers and Dodgers haven’t had much action in Game 4 of the NLCS, bringing a 1-1 game through 10 innings and about four and a half hours. We finally got something to get the blood pumping, though, when Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado and Brewers first baseman Jesús Aguilar exchanged some words with each other, prompting both teams’ benches to spill onto the field.
With one out, Machado grounded a 3-1, 95 MPH fastball to shortstop Orlando Arcia, who made an easy throw to first base to complete the out. Machado, running the play out, dragged his left leg, slamming it into Aguilar’s leg as he crossed the bag, causing himself to stumble momentarily. Machado went back and jawed at Aguilar like it was his fault.
Machado has not had the best press in the NLCS. He failed to run out a grounder in Game 2, then made a couple of slides in Game 3 that attempted to interfere with Arcia at the second base bag. He was called for interference on the second one. Machado hasn’t earned the benefit of the doubt for his actions tonight.
It’s difficult to imagine Machado’s behavior during the NLCS will affect his windfall as a free agent this offseason, but he’s proving to be somewhat of a distraction for a team trying to get back to the World Series. And that’s not good.