The Los Angeles Angels have purchased the contract of an interesting player from their Triple-A affiliate. His name is Jared Walsh and he’s both a first baseman and a lefty reliever.
Walsh, 25, was batting .302/.398/.604 with 10 home runs and 26 RBI over 37 games for the Salt Lake Bees. He also had a 3.60 ERA in five relief appearances. The pitching has been a bit more of an experiment for Walsh over the years — he’s made only 15 appearances on the mound in three seasons while taking 1,472 trips to the plate — but it’s a fun little wrinkle in his game.
It’s expected that Walsh will platoon at first base with Albert Pujols for the most part, but don’t be shocked to see him come out of the pen on occasion. Maybe in blowouts. As for his debut: he’s starting at first base and batting eighth this afternoon against the Twins.
Another fan was struck by a line drive foul ball during Sunday’s game between the Rockies and Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Mike DiGiovanna and Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times report. The ball was hit by Cody Bellinger in the first inning, going just beyond where the protective netting ends at the first-base dugout, striking a young woman in the head. Play was delayed for two minutes while the woman received medical attention. She initially stayed in her seat holding an ice pack to her head but was taken to a hospital for evaluation. According to someone in the Dodger Stadium first-aid office, the girl was alert and responding.
After the game, Bellinger said, “It was weird. It’s the first time I think I’ve hit a fan. I saw it literally hit her face. That was tough. I just tried to regroup. I’m sure it was tough for everyone.” He added, “I went over the next half-inning just to make sure she was all right. She said she was all right. She gave me a thumbs up. Obviously, it’s a scary situation.”
Both Bellinger and manager Dave Roberts expressed support for extending the protective netting at Dodger Stadium. [Update: Netting will be extended, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.]
Bellinger was involved in yet another incident involving a fan later in the game. According to Michael Duarte of NBC Los Angeles, a 14-year-old girl ran on the field in the ninth inning. Bellinger said the girl came up to him and said, “I want a hug.” As she hugged Bellinger, a security guard tackled her. Bellinger said to her, “You know you’re going to jail?” She replied, “Yeah, I know. It was worth it.”