On Monday night, Diamondbacks 1B/OF Christian Walker took a Kenta Maeda fastball to the face. Per MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert, Walker sustained a sinus fracture and will not play for the remainder of the season.
Gilbert adds that Walker will undergo surgery on Wednesday to have a plate put in. Walker’s jaw will be wired shut for a week and he will be on a liquid diet for a month. That sounds deeply unpleasant.
Walker, 27, appeared in 37 games this season for the D-Backs. He hit .163/.226/.388 with three homers and six RBI in 53 plate appearances.
Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen would have opened the regular season on the injured list if it had started on time. Now, with the start of the season pushed back at least a few months due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the veteran five-time All-Star says he will be “ready to go” whenever the season begins, he told NBC Sports Philadelphia.
McCutchen, 33, tore his ACL in early June, ending his 2019 campaign. To that point, he had been quite productive for the Phillies, batting .256/.378/.457 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI over 262 plate appearances. If and when the 2020 season does begin, he will likely reprise his role as the leadoff hitter, this time under new manager Joe Girardi.
2020 marks the second year of McCutchen’s three-year, $50 million contract initially signed with the Phillies in December 2018. The Phillies also hold a $15 million club option for the 2022 season with a $3 million buyout.