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Jonathan Lucroy suffers concussion, fractured nose in collision with Jake Marisnick

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Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy had to be carted off the field during Sunday afternoon’s game after Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick crashed into him on a play at home plate in the eighth inning. Today, the Angels announced that Lucroy suffered a concussion and a fractured nose. The club hasn’t yet offered a timetable for Lucroy’s recovery, but noted he will see an ENT (ears, nose, and throat doctor) once the swelling has subsided.

Here was the play in question:

Marisnick was initially called safe, scoring a tie-breaking run. However, the play was reviewed and the ruling was overturned. After the game, Angels manager Brad Ausmus suggested Marisnick be suspended for his reckless and dangerous decision.

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina posted the above picture on Instagram last night with the caption, “Bulls—!!!😡😡 MLB need to take action on this Bulls— play! F—! Praying for Lucroy! slide slide slide fu– !!! 😡” Molina also spent time responding to people in the comments, cursing at them and posting middle-finger emojis, so he was clearly fired up about the incident. Several members of the Astros, including Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman, and Justin Verlander, also replied to Molina in defense of Marisnick.

Marisnick tweeted after the game, “Through my eyes I thought the play was going to end up on the outside of the plate. I made a split second decision at full speed to slide head first on the inside part of the plate. That decision got another player hurt and I feel awful. I hope nothing but the best for @JLucroy20.”

Aaron Hicks would like to avoid Tommy John surgery

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The Yankees’ 2019 run ended in heartbreak on Saturday night when, despite a stunning ninth-inning comeback, they fell 6-4 to the Astros and officially lost their bid for the AL pennant. Now, facing a long offseason, there are a few decisions to be made.

One of those falls on the shoulders of outfielder Aaron Hicks, who told reporters that he “thinks he can continue playing without Tommy John surgery.” It’s unclear whose recommendation he’s basing that decision on, however, as MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch points out that Tommy John surgery was recommended during the slugger’s most recent meeting with Dr. Neal ELAttrache.

Hicks originally sustained a season-ending right flexor strain in early August and held several consultations with ElAttrache and the Yankees’ physician in the months that followed. He spent two and a half months on the 60-day injured list and finally returned to the Yankees’ roster during the ALCS, in which he went 2-for-13 with a base hit and a Game 5 three-run homer against the Astros.

Of course, a handful of strong performances doesn’t definitively prove that the outfielder is fully healed — or that he’ll be able to avoid aggravating the injury with further activity. Granted, Tommy John surgery isn’t a minor procedure; it’s one that requires up to a year of rest and rehabilitation before most players are cleared to throw again. Should Hicks wait to reverse his decision until he reports for spring training in 2020, though, it could push his return date out by another six months or so.