Astros reliever Ryan Pressly survived a scary moment during Game 6 of the ALCS, when he stumbled while fielding a groundout in the third inning and re-injured his right knee. Pressly underwent an initial evaluation after his departure from the game and was diagnosed with “right knee discomfort,” though his description of the injury sounded slightly more complicated:
I went to go grab the ground ball and when I pushed off to go grab it, I felt a pop in my knee,” he told reporters on Saturday. “I went and got it checked out and it’s just some scar tissue we think just broke off. It was more scary than anything.
Either way, it doesn’t sound like Pressly is facing a significant setback or lengthy recovery period. The reliever would likely have been held back had the Yankees forced a Game 7 on Sunday; given the club’s two off days leading up to Game 1 of the World Series, however, it looks like Pressly will be well-positioned to make an appearance sometime during the series after all.
The Astros will head into their third Fall Classic behind right-hander Gerrit Cole, who’s scheduled to go up against the Nationals’ Max Scherzer at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday night. Per Jake Kaplan of The Athletic, Cole asked to pitch twice during ALCS Game 6 and was twice denied by Hinch. He may give the bullpen a breather during Game 1, as he’s gone at least seven innings in each of his three previous starts this postseason.
I guess this came out the day he was elected but I missed it somehow: Larry Walker is going to have a Rockies cap on his Fall of Fame plaque.
While it was once solely the choice of the inductee, for the past couple of decades the Hall of Fame has had final say on the caps, though the request of the inductee is noted. This is done to prevent a situation in which a cap truly misrepresents history. This issue arose around the time Wade Boggs was inducted, as he reportedly had a deal with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to pick their cap on his plaque which, to say the least, would’ve been unrepresentative.
There have been some mildly controversial picks in the past, and some guys who would seem to have a clear choice have gone with blank caps to avoid upsetting the fan base of one of his other teams, but Walker’s doesn’t seem all that controversial to me.
Walker played ten years in Colorado to six years in Montreal and two years in St. Louis. His numbers in Colorado were substantial better than in Montreal. His MVP Award, most of his Gold Gloves, most of his All-Star appearances, and all of his black ink with the exception of the NL doubles title in 1994 came with the Rockies too. Walker requested the Rockies cap, noting correctly that he “did more damage” in a Rockies uniform than anyplace else. And, of course, that damage is what got him elected to the Hall of Fame.
Still, I imagine fans of the old Expos will take at least some issue here. Those folks tend to be pretty possessive of their team’s old stars. It’s understandable, I suppose, given that they’ve not gotten any new ones in a decade or two. Add in the fact that Walker played for the 1994 Expos team onto which people love to project things both reasonable and unreasonable, and you can expect that the Expos dead-enders might feel a bit slighted.
Welp, sorry. A Rockies cap is the right choice. And that’s Walker’s cap will feature.