Pirates’ second baseman Josh Harrison was removed from Saturday’s game after taking a 96 MPH fastball to his left hand. The pitch, a wayward 0-2 ball from Reds’ right-hander Tyler Mahle, appeared to strike Harrison somewhere on his left wrist/hand area and prompted an immediate visit from a trainer and manager Clint Hurdle.
Harrison was able to finish the remainder of the fifth inning with little trouble, but was replaced by Sean Rodriguez to start the sixth. The exact nature of the injury has yet to be revealed, though it appears to be more serious than the routine swelling and soreness caused by a hit-by-pitch. Per Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Harrison received treatment after getting pulled from the game and is expected to meet with an orthopedic hand specialist as well.
Prior to the incident, Harrison went 0-for-1 with a fly out. The Pirates rebounded in the seventh inning, finally breaking a scoreless tie with Starling Marte‘s RBI single. A three-run homer from Jordan Luplow — his first big league blast — and an RBI force out from Marte gave the club a five-run boost in the eighth, just enough to cement their 64th win of the year.
The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly and Zach Buchanan report that Diamondbacks starter Madison Bumgarner has been competing in rodeos under a fake name as recently as December. The fake name is Mason Saunders. Bumgarner explains that “Mason” is shortened from “Madison,” while “Saunders” is his wife’s maiden name.
Bumgarner — err, Saunders — and one of his rodeo partners, Jaxson Tucker, won $26,560 in a team-roping rodeo competition in December. The Rancho Rio Arena posted a picture of the pair on Facebook, highlighting that they roped four steers in 31.36 seconds.
As Baggarly and Buchanan point out, Bumgarner also pointed out in a rodeo competition last March, just a couple days before pitching in a Cactus League game versus the Athletics, back when he was still with the Giants.
Bumgarner suffered bruised ribs and a left shoulder AC sprain in 2017 when he got into a dirt bike accident. Given that, Bumgarner’s latest extracurricular activity does raise a concern for the Diamondbacks, who inked him to a five-year, $85 million contract two months ago. Baggarly and Buchanan asked Bumgarner about such a concern. Bumgarner referred them to the club’s managing partner Ken Kendrick. Kendrick directed them to GM Mike Hazen. Hazen declined speaking about “specific contract language.” For what it’s worth, Bumgarner says he primarily uses his right hand to rope.
The jig is up on Bumgarner’s hobby. He jokingly said to The Athletic’s pair, “I’m nervous about this interview right now.” He added, “I’m upset with both you two.”