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 COVID testing results revealed no new positives for the fourth straight day, the team announced this morning. As a result, they will resume their schedule tonight against the Yankees.
It’ll be the first game for the Phillies since last Sunday’s game against the Marlins. The Miami outbreak prompted the Phillies’ season to be shut down, but the lack of positive tests beyond team staff that had more direct contact with the visiting Marlins is an encouraging sign. The Phillies COVID testing strongly suggests that cross-team infection from on-the-field activity is not a significant problem. This could bode well for, say, the Brewers, who have been idled a few days due to the outbreak emerging on their would-be opponents this past weekend, the St. Louis Cardinals.
All of this, of course, puts the Phillies well behind their usual schedule. They’ve played just three games and have had minimal baseball activity in the past eight days. Whether that shows up in the performances of Jake Arrieta and Aaron Nola, tonight and tomorrow night’s starters, respectively, will be worth watching.
All in all, though, the Phillies COVID testing results are good news. And folks, we could use some good news right now.
UPDATE: The Marlins are negative too: