Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte has 21 stolen bases in 29 attempts this year. Last night he really should’ve been credited with two on one play.
In the bottom of the first inning in the Braves game against Miami Inciarte walked and then, with Matt Kemp at the plate, broke for second base. A.J. Ellis caught Dan Straily‘s pitch and threw down to Dee Gordon, who attempted the tag Inciarte. He probably would’ve gotten him too, but Inciarte’s slide stole something else besides the base. It stole Gordon’s glove:
Inciarte was 2-for-4 and scored a run in the Braves’ come-from-behind win last night. He’s hitting .310/.354/.416 on the season and, of course, remains a defensive whiz in center. This may be one of his best plays of the year, though.
The Angels released a medical update on P/DH Shohei Ohtani Thursday evening. Ohtani was reevaluated by Dr. Steve Yoon at the Kerlan Jobe Institute. The right-hander’s sprained UCL showed improved healing and, as a result, he has been cleared to begin a throwing progression.
Ohtani, 24, was diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow after his June 6 start against the Royals and hasn’t pitched since, though he has been in the lineup as a hitter since July 3. It was initially believed he would undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery. Then the thought was that Ohtani wouldn’t pitch again for the rest of the season, but this update suggests a possibility he could return to the mound before the season is over.
In nine starts, Ohtani put together a 3.10 ERA with a 61/20 K/BB ratio in 49 1/3 innings. As a hitter, he batted .283/.365/.522 with seven home runs and 22 RBI in 157 plate appearances.