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.”
PITTSBURGH — The New York Mets will have to dig out of an early-season hole without star first baseman Pete Alonso.
The leading home run hitter in the majors will miss three-to-four weeks with a bone bruise and a sprain in his left wrist.
The Mets placed Alonso on the 10-day injured list Friday, retroactive to June 8. Alonso was hit in the wrist by a 96 mph fastball from Charlie Morton in the first inning of a 7-5 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday.
Alonso traveled to New York for testing on Thursday. X-rays revealed no broken bones, but the Mets will be missing one of the premier power hitters in the game as they try to work their way back into contention in the NL East.
“We got better news than it could have been,” New York manager Buck Showalter said. “So we take that as a positive. It could have been worse.”
New York had lost six straight heading into a three-game series at Pittsburgh that began Friday. Mark Canha started at first for the Mets in the opener. Mark Vientos could also be an option, though Showalter said the coaching staff may have to use its “imagination” in thinking of ways to get by without Alonso.
“I’m not going to say someone has to step up and all that stuff,” Showalter said. “You’ve just got to be who you are.”
Even with Alonso in the lineup, the Mets have struggled to score consistently. New York is 16th in the majors in runs scored.
The team also said Friday that reliever Edwin Uceta had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Uceta initially went on the IL in April with what the team called a sprained left ankle. He is expected to be out for at least an additional eight weeks.
New York recalled infielder Luis Guillorme and left-handed reliever Zach Muckenhirn from Triple-A Syracuse. The Mets sent catcher Tomás Nido to Triple-A and designated reliever Stephen Nogosek for assignment.
Nogosek is 0-1 with a 5.63 ERA in 13 games this season.