Shin-Soo Choo waved the white flag during Nomar Mazara‘s at-bat on Saturday afternoon. With the Rangers down 3-1 in the seventh inning, Mazara lashed a particularly deadly foul ball off of the Nationals’ Matt Albers, sending it hurtling into the visitors dugout and ripping a sizable gash in the wall. The ball nearly struck Choo, who leapt off of the bench and waved his towel in surrender as Mazara finished his strikeout:
Thankfully, it didn’t look like either player was fazed by the incident. In the ninth, both Choo and Mazara returned to the plate to send the game to extras with a solo home run and RBI double, respectively. Robinson Chirinos secured the win with a three-RBI, 358-foot homer off of Shawn Kelley in the 11th inning.
Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.
Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.
It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.
Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.