Well, this isn’t good. Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker lasted just two innings into Saturday’s start agains the Dodgers, and it looks like right forearm tightness is to blame. The 25-year-old righty appeared to sustain the injury sometime during the second inning, prompting a mound visit from manager Torey Lovullo and an athletic trainer in the middle of Joc Pederson‘s at-bat, but he was allowed to finish out the inning before making his exit prior to the third. It’s not yet clear how severe the injury is or how long he’ll be sidelined.
This is Walker’s second season with the Diamondbacks. He’s coming off of a career year with the club, during which he went 9-9 in 28 starts with a 3.49 ERA, 3.5 BB/9 and 8.4 SO/9 in 157 1/3 innings. So far this spring, he’s helped string together two wins for the club, including his first quality start (three hits, a run and two walks in six innings) against the Cardinals last week.
Left-hander T.J. McFarland replaced Walker to start the third inning. The Diamondbacks currently lead the Dodgers 8-1 in the bottom of the eighth.
Today the Angels introduced their newest big star, Anthony Rendon, who just signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to play in Orange County.
And it is Orange County, not Los Angeles, Rendon stressed at the press conference. When asked about the Dodgers, who had also been reported to be courting him, Rendon said he preferred the Angels because, “the Hollywood lifestyle . . . didn’t seem like it would be a fit for us as a family.”
What “the Hollywood Lifestyle” means in that context could mean a lot of things I suppose. It could be about the greater media scrutiny Dodgers players are under compared to Angels players. It could mean that he’d simply prefer to live in Newport Beach than, I dunno, wherever Dodgers players live. Pasadena? Pasadena is more convenient to Dodger Stadium than the beach. Who knows. They never did let Yasiel Puig get that helicopter he wanted, so traffic could’ve been a consideration.
But maybe it’s a subtle allusion to political/cultural stuff. Orange County has trended to the left in some recent elections but it is, historically speaking, a conservative stronghold in Southern California. And, based on something else he said in his press conference, Rendon seems to be pretty conscious of geographical/political matters:
A shoutout to the notion of Texas being Trump country and an askance glance at “the Hollywood Lifestyle” of Los Angeles all in the same press conference. That’s a lot of culture war ground covered in one press conference. So much so that I can’t decide if I should warn Rendon that both Texas and Orange County are trending leftward or if I should tell him to stick to sports.