Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez helped preserve starter German Marquez‘s bid for a no-hitter against the Cubs on Wednesday afternoon, making a superb diving catch in right field to rob opposing starter Kyle Hendricks of a single.
Behind in the count 0-1 with one out in the top of the sixth, Hendricks drove an inside fastball to the opposite field, appearing to have enough to break up Marquez’s no-hit bid. But Car-Go sprawled to his left, leaving his feet to make the grab. The catch earned a five-star rating from Statcast.
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Marquez would get through the sixth having allowed no hits, but Kris Bryant promptly ended the dream with a leadoff double in the seventh. Marquez ended up going eight shutout innings as the Rockies blanked the Cubs 3-0.
Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has suffered “a significant setback” with his left knee, making his availability for spring training questionable. Abraham says that Pedroia is “discussing his options with his family, agents, and the Sox.”
Pedroia underwent “knee joint preservation” surgery last year, which is often used as an alternative to full knee replacement. As it was, he played in only three games in 2018 and appeared in just six games in 2019, accruing just three hits in 34 plate appearances.
In light of the severity of his injury, the severity of his surgery and all of the time he’s missed over the past few years, it was already something of a long shot for Pedroia play again as it was. Indeed, he himself was not even sure if he’d play again when asked at one point last season. But this sounds positively dire.