Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Rays pitcher Anthony Banda will undergo Tommy John surgery and will likely not return to action until the 2020 season.
Banda, 24, was acquired by the Rays in the three-team trade with the Diamondbacks that also involved the Yankees. The lefty pitched in three games in the majors this season, giving up six runs on 12 hits and three walks with 10 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings. He spent most of his season with Triple-A Durham, posting a 3.64 ERA with 49 strikeouts and 18 walks in 42 innings.
Banda is the third Rays pitcher to need Tommy John surgery this season, joining Brent Honeywell and Jose De Leon. Jake Faria will also be out until late July due to an oblique strain and Chris Archer has been dealing with a groin injury. It’s been a rough year for Rays pitchers.
White Sox starter Iván Nova was able to escape a jam in the third inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Astros with the help of a triple play. Nova had allowed a leadoff double to Tony Kemp, then hit Robinson Chirinos with a pitch to put runners on first and second base with no outs. Facing Jake Marisnick in a 1-1 count, Nova threw a 94 MPH fastball that Marisnick sharply grounded to Yoán Moncada right at the third base bag. Moncada quickly fired the ball to Yolmer Sánchez at second base, then Sánchez whipped the ball to José Abreu at first base just ahead of a lunging Marisnick to complete the triple-killing.
According to Baseball Almanac, it’s the 718th known triple play dating back to 1876. The last time the White Sox turned a triple play was 2016. They turned three triple plays that season, amusingly. The Astros have been victimized by two of the last three triple plays, having also hit into one on April 19 last year against the Mariners.