The Colorado Rockies announced a little bit ago that starter Jon Gray will miss the rest of the season after suffering a left foot fracture.
The team did not say how or when Gray suffered the fracture. He last pitched on Friday evening and seemed just dandy, tossing eight scoreless innings. In light of that I feel like we’re going to hear about a mishap with a nightstand in the dark or, perhaps, a slippery bathroom floor.
On the year Gray finishes with an 11-8 record and an excellent — especially for Coors Field — 3.84 ERA and a 150/56 K/BB ratio in 150 innings of work.
The Rockies are buried in last place and the competitive portion of their season is effectively over, but this still stinks for them. And him.
Indians slugger José Ramírez broke the hamate bone on his right hand last month and had surgery on August 26 to repair it. At the time he was given the same schedule most hamate bone surgery recipients get: 5-7 weeks if all goes well. Apparently all has gone better-than-well for Ramírez, however, because the Indians are going to activate him tomorrow.
That’s good news for the Indians, who are in a dead heat with the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL’s second Wild Card with six games to go.
Ramírez, like his team, started the season slowly, but he had turned things on in July and August to help fuel Cleveland’s surge into playoff contention. He hit .320/.340/.680 with nine homers and 25 driven in in July and was hitting .321/.372/.705 with six homers and 20 driven in August when he went down. Basically, he had been a better version of the Ramírez who won the Silver Slugger Award and came in third in the MVP balloting in 2018, at least for those two months.
It’ll be interesting to see how rusty he is or if the surgery has sapped his power or bat speed. We’ll only have six games in which to see it, though.