Last night we wrote about how Indians pitcher Corey Kluber was forced to leave his start against the Marlins in the fifth inning after taking a 102 MPH Brian Anderson line drive off of his pitching arm. Now we know the extent of the injury. It’s bad.
Kluber was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of his right ulna bone. It’s the outside of the two bones in your forearm. He’ll be reevaluated back in Cleveland today, but there is no doubt that he will be placed on the injured list, with his return more likely to be measured in months than weeks.
Kluber has had a rough start to his 2019 season — he has a 5.80 ERA, he has seen his walk rate spike and has been pretty hittable so far — but make no mistake, this is a big loss for Cleveland, which relies heavily on its pitching to get by.
Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has launched what appears to be the beginning of an auspicious career, made all the more notable by the 50 home runs he’s produced for the Mets so far this season. The All-Star slugger pushed his home run streak to four straight games on Friday, collecting no. 50 on an eighth-inning fastball from the Reds’ Sal Romano.
It’s just the latest of a long line of accomplishments for the 24-year-old infielder. Entering Friday’s series opener against Cincinnati, the first-time All-Star carried a .266/.366/.590 batting line with a league-leading 49 homers, 113 RBI, a .956 OPS and 4.9 fWAR through 648 plate appearances. Among those who are still rounding out their rookie seasons in 2019, he ranks first in home runs and fWAR by a long shot: the White Sox’ Eloy Jiménez is second in home runs with 28 dingers, while the Astros’ Yordan Álvarez plays second fiddle in fWAR with 3.7 Wins Above Replacement.
Even more remarkable: Alonso is the second rookie in MLB history to deliver at least 50 home runs in a single season. The first? Aaron Judge, who clubbed a jaw-dropping 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017.