Sunday was a good day for Nationals closer Sean Doolittle. He not only got selected for the All-Star team but he got the band Smash Mouth to give him a shoutout. Hey now, that’s pretty cool!
Yesterday was not so good, though: Doolittle was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a pinched nerve in his toe. That’s So Insane. Wonder if he hurt it Walkin’ on the Sun.
Doolittle will miss the All-Star Game, unfortunately, but he will be eligible for the first game of the second half and says he expects to be ready for it.
There was no save situation for the Nats last night, but Kelvin Herrera pitched the ninth and will likely do so whenever needed between now and Sunday.
Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.
Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.
It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.
Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.