The Braves announced on Tuesday evening that starter Aaron Blair underwent successful surgery on his right shoulder, which was performed by Dr. James Andrews. The procedure addressed a capsule tear in his shoulder and will cause him to miss the rest of the 2018 season, per David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Blair, 25, suffered the injury during his start for Triple-A Gwinnett last Wednesday. In that start, his first of the season, he lasted 2 2/3 innings, yielding three runs (none earned) on a hit and four walks with three strikeouts.
Blair was one of the top prospects in baseball just a couple years ago, but he has struggled at the major league level. Across 73 innings and 16 starts, he has a 7.89 ERA with a 49/39 K/BB ratio.
The Royals recalled infielder Ramon Torres from Triple-A Omaha on Saturday. He didn’t get into a game until starting Thursday night’s game against the Rangers, batting ninth.
In the top of the second inning, facing Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Torres laced a single up the middle. Center fielder Delino DeShields charged in on it, attempting to keep Ryan Goins at second base, but the ball went right past his glove, through his legs, and nearly trickled all the way to the warning track. Goins scored easily and Torres was waved home, too. He managed to narrowly beat the throw, touching home plate with his left hand on a head-first slide.
The play was officially scored a single and a three-base error. Torres wasn’t credited with an RBI on the play. But at least the Royals got two runs out of it.