For Sanchez, it’s injuries not injury. The right-hander, who led the AL in ERA in 2016, is on the DL for the third time already this season, all for issues with the middle finger on his pitching hand. The first time, he missed 15 days with a blister on the finger; the second time, he missed 13 days with a split fingernail on the finger; and now he’s on the DL with a laceration on that troublesome middle finger. He’s been productive when the finger cooperates — he has a 3.33 ERA in five starts — but the Jays have missed him.
Like the Mets and Mariners, the Blue Jays have been hit with a ton of injury issues. I’ll mention the other significant guys here — shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (hamstring) missed 35 days before returning, while starting pitchers J.A. Happ (elbow, 43 days and counting) and Francisco Liriano (shoulder, 20 days and counting) are still on the DL. Roberto Osuna, Russell Martin, Steve Pearce and J.P. Howell have all spent time on the DL this season, too. It hasn’t been fun for Jays fans.
Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson was forced to exit Tuesday night’s game with the Cardinals after a pair of collisions with his fellow outfielders.
In the top of the seventh, Pederson and left fielder Cody Bellinger ran into each other on the warning track of Dodger Stadium after failing to call each other off on a fly ball from Matt Carpenter.
Pederson’s second collision of the night also appeared to be the result of miscommunication as he and Yasiel Puig tracked down a line drive off the bat of Yadier Molina in the top of the 10th inning. Neither of the outfielders slowed their sprint to the ball and collided on the warning track.
Puig’s elbow appeared to hit Pederson’s head and the impact carried the center fielder head-first into the outfield wall padding, resulting in a laceration to Pederson’s forehead.
You might not have noticed, but the Reds have had a pretty good start to the season, and it might have been even better if Finnegan had stayed healthy. The Reds were 8-4 when he hit the DL and are still only two games under .500, which puts them 2.5 out in the NL Central. The lefty tossed seven shutout innings in his season debut ’ striking out nine and allowing just one hit ’ but left each of his next two starts early. He had control issues in the second one, then came out with shoulder soreness after just one inning in his third start. The club originally hoped for a quick return, but that hope disappeared when he was shifted to the 60-day DL. He’s in the rehab process, and the best-case scenario is a late June return.
Unless Steven Souza is Michael Jordan in Space Jam, he had no shot getting to this ball on Friday.
In the fourth inning of the Rays’ showdown against the Twins at Target Field, Souza attempted a diving play that certainly would have been the greatest catch of all time ’ if he were to haul it in.
Only about five Steven Souzas too short, and from another zip code. A run scored on the play.
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I’m pretty sure this kind of catch worked in Angels in the Outfield, but this is real life, unfortunately. Still, it’s nice to see teammates Souza and Kevin Kiermaier shared a chuckle over the flub on the field.
No one laughed when Souza made up for it with a monster bomb in the eight inning to give the Rays an insurance run late.