This is not terribly surprising given how everyone involved shrugged it off the other day, but the Yankees said this afternoon that closer Aroldis Chapman‘s pitching hand is going to be just fine for the ALCS starting on Saturday.
Chapman’s pitching hand was heavily bandaged during the post-game celebration following the Yankees’ clinching victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night. Chapman said “I got hit with a bottle, but it’s fine.” Brian Cashman said it was probably fine too.
On Wednesday, Astros third baseman Alex Bregman was hit by Cardinals pitcher Ramon Santos. It marked the seventh time an Astros batter had been hit in spring training exhibition games thus far, the highest total among all teams. As expected, teams are exacting revenge for the Astros’ cheating ways!
Well, not quite. The pitch Santos hit Bregman with was a 3-2 breaking ball that got away. Usually, if a pitcher is going to hit a batter as an act of revenge, he’ll attempt to do it with a first-pitch fastball.
Other Astros to have been hit in spring training thus far: Alex De Goti, Aledmys Díaz, Osvaldo Duarte, Dustin Garneau, and Jake Meyers. Not exactly a who’s-who list of Code Breaker operatives.
Will some pitchers intentionally throw at the Astros this year? Almost certainly, despite commissioner Rob Manfred’s warning. Have they been doing it from the moment exhibition games began earlier this month? Certainly not.