The Nationals’ bullpen crisis continues apace: today they placed Kelvin Herrera on the 10-day disabled list with a right rotator cuff impingement.
Herrera suffered the injury in a ninth-inning appearance last night against the Braves and is probably looking at much longer than 10 days on the shelf. Ryan Madson figures to handle the majority of save chances for the Nationals going forward, as Sean Doolittle is still rehabbing a foot injury. Greg Holland was just signed, but it’s unclear what level of leverage work he’ll see. And, as we’ve noted several times recently, Brandon Kintzer and Shawn Kelley were recently shipped out because of perceived character and attitude reasons. So that’s nice.
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.