Potentially scary news for the Braves: Mike Foltynewicz left Tuesday night’s start against the Mets due to tightness in his right triceps, the club announced. Foltynewicz went five shutout innings, limiting the Mets to two hits with no walks and six strikeouts.
Foltynewicz, 26, has been the Braves’ best starter this season and one of the best starters in the league, so potentially losing him for any period of time would be a big blow. After Tuesday’s performance, he owns a 2.16 ERA with a 94/33 K/BB ratio in 79 innings. Among qualified National League starters, the only ones with a lower ERA are Jacob deGrom (1.57) and Max Scherzer (2.00).
Foltynewicz will likely undergo further testing and the Braves should pass along an update by the weekend. The right-hander’s next scheduled start would come on Sunday at home against the Padres.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig took a swing at San Francisco Giants catcher Nick Hundley and both players were ejected during a benches-clearing scrap in the seventh inning Tuesday night.
Puig swatted his bat in frustration after fouling off a pitch from Tony Watson, and Hundley said something to the mercurial slugger while still in his crouch. Puig turned around and walked toward Hundley, the catcher stood up, and they stood face to face and argued for a moment before Puig shoved Hundley twice.
That brought players out of the benches and bullpens. Puig and Hundley were momentarily separated, but Puig ducked around teammates, coaches and manager Dave Roberts before reaching back to hit Hundley. He smacked Hundley with an open hand across the front of his catcher’s mask.
The players were then separated again for good. After discussing with both managers, the umpires ejected both Puig and Hundley.
It was the fourth career ejection for Puig, who had also got into a skirmish with Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner in 2014.