According to MASN’s Dan Kolko, Nationals catcher Spencer Kieboom lost his tooth and spit it out while walking to the plate for his fifth inning plate appearance against Phillies starter Nick Pivetta in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader. Kieboom proceeded to, of course, blast his first major league home run — a solo shot to right field to break a scoreless tie.
It’s not yet known what caused Kieboom’s tooth to become loose. Kolko and others will presumably find out after the game.
Kieboom, 27, entered Tuesday’s action batting a paltry .198/.281/.248 with six RBI in 114 plate appearances. It came at a cost, but he padded his stat line a bit with the dinger.
Update (7:00 PM ET): Per Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post, Kieboom lost his tooth — a veneer — while eating a baguette this morning. He plans to get it fixed during the Nationals’ next off-day, which is September 19. Kieboom did not spit out his tooth just ahead of his fifth-inning at-bat as many thought.
The Braves have announced on Tuesday evening the signing of free agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that it’s a one-year contract for $18 million.
Ozuna, 29, hit .241/.328/.472 with 29 home runs, 89 RBI, 80 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 549 plate appearances for the Cardinals last season. He’s been consistently above-average in each of the past four seasons, which also included a career year in 2017 in which he was worth 6.1 WAR, per Baseball Reference.
It is surprising that Ozuna, a two-time All-Star and Gold Glove Award winner, had to settle for a one-year deal. The Braves are happy he did as he will help make up for some of the offense lost when third baseman Josh Donaldson became a free agent and ultimately signed with the Twins. Ozuna can become a free agent again after the 2020 season but won’t have qualifying offer compensation attached to him, part of the reason why his market may have been slow to develop.
Along with Ozuna, the Braves have signed in free agency this offseason reliever Will Smith, starter Cole Hamels, and catcher Travis d'Arnaud. They re-signed relievers Chris Martin and Darren O'Day, catcher Tyler Flowers, infielder Adeiny Hechavarría, and outfielder Nick Markakis.