A’s leave Houston frustrated after walk-off loss to Astros

The A’s may have dreams of vieing for the AL West crown in 2019, yet the Astros have created an impression at an early stage that they are as yet the rulers.

An emergency by the A’s warm up area was topped off with Blake Treinen strolling Jose Altuve with the bases stacked for a 9-8 stroll off misfortune, finishing a range for the Astros.

“We’re feeling impatient to get at these folks,” A’s catcher Josh Phegley said. “They’ve had some achievement and we need that achievement. We truly needed to get them this arrangement. That will be a fight throughout the entire year.”

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The battles started in the eighth when Lou Trivino returned out for his second inning of work and surrendered a grand slam to Tony Kemp that slice the A’s lead to one run. Treinen entered alleviation after Trivino enabled a twofold to George Springer with only one out in the inning and surrendered the diversion tying keep running on a fielder’s choice by Alex Bregman.

That eighth-inning run was charged to Trivino, yet Treinen’s stroll of Altuve drove in his first normal season run permitted since Aug. 25.

Treinen admitted to dissatisfactions with the strike zone in the ninth, however did not have any desire to extend them to an extreme.

“We must be cautious how we remark on things,” Treinen said. “It’s not by any stretch of the imagination worthy to really talk your psyche on things now and then.”

Treinen said he did himself no favors with poor fastball direction. Normally ready to excel in the tally with the pitch right on time for strikes, Treinen’s initial two pitches to Altuve nearly hit the second baseman before in the long run strolling in the run.

“There are sure factors you can’t control and some you can,” Treinen said. “Me tossing contributes the zone is something I can control, or not control against Altuve. I didn’t allow myself quite a bit of to be effective in that at-bat.

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“It’s disappointing when our group played just as it did to remain in it.”

The A’s (6-7) did not get the success, however they required a hostile act like this after the manner in which their past two diversions went.

The repressed disappointment developed by the offense was released as Phegley, Chad Pinder and Robbie Grosman each homered as a major aspect of a season-high eight run execution.

“There’s a greater amount of that in the tank,” Melvin said of the hostile execution. “They had been swinging the bats quite great from the get-go in the diversion so we realized we needed to score a few runs and reacted.”

The day started with the Astros (5-5) appearing as though they may put the diversion insane early. Mike Fiers neglected to make a two-run pad stay with a terrible first inning that saw Houston bat around the request for five runs. A’s supervisor Bob Melvin was wanting to abstain from heading off to his warm up area early, yet after the battles proceeded in the second as Fiers strolled in a keep running with two outs he had no way out.

“It was an awful arrangement by and large,” Fiers said. “I put us down in an opening early today. We had the capacity to battle back and never surrendered, however I place us in a terrible spot.”

J.B. Wendelken entered alleviation and in addition to the fact that he bailed out Fiers by completion the inning to restrain the harm, yet he additionally spared the warm up area with an aggregate of 3 1/3 shutout innings.

“Whatever job we’ve utilized him, eighth or second, to give us that sort of length was vital to remaining in that diversion,” Melvin said. “That kept us in it. For a person who is an a couple of inning reliever to give us what he did was marvelous.”

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The A’s gradually ripped at their way once again into the amusement as each scoreless inning by Wendelken went and Phegley’s grand slam put them over the top in the 6th with a two-run shot into the left-field Crawford Boxes. The two-run shot was his first of the year and put the An’s ahead by a run.

“That was pleasant,” Phegley said. “I feel the changes I’ve made for the current year are beginning to satisfy in the container. It’s great to see the outcomes originate from the exertion.”

Khris Davis was given the day away from work as a major aspect of Melvin’s arrangement to give each beginning player daily of rest all through the remainder of this excursion. Davis had been calm at the plate the past two recreations, however that is not expected to keep going excessively long.

“Notwithstanding when he battles he’s constantly one swing far from thumping three keeps running in,” Melvin said. “It’s intense allowing him a day away from work, however everybody will get one on this outing. Today was his day.”

Mastrodonato: Mookie Betts Should Look to Top Mike Trout’s Historic Contract

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On the off chance that Mookie Betts has made anything obvious about his attitude toward compensation dealings, it’s that he wouldn’t like to pursue the market.

He needs to set it.

Mike Trout allegedly concurred Tuesday to a noteworthy contract augmentation that would net him $430 million throughout the following 12 years, keeping him in an Angels uniform until he’s 40 years of age.

“On the off chance that anybody is meriting something to that effect in Major League Baseball, it’s him or Mookie Betts,” previous All-Star outfielder Torii Hunter said on MLB Network Radio. “Bryce Harper got what he got however I certainly think those folks are a superior ability. Not detracting from Harper, however talk around five-instrument players, Trout and Mookie Betts are those folks.”

In Boston, the Red Sox have another standard for examination. The bar has been set for the best player in baseball. What’s more, however the $36 million Trout will make by and large is a noteworthy esteem, it’s solitary 16 percent more than the $31 million every year the Red Sox focused on paying David Price only three years prior.

One could take a gander at the Trout contract and accept Betts should fall in line around that number. They’re comparative players with comparable weighty numbers to start their vocations. In the course of the last three seasons, they rank No. 1 and No. 3, separately, in OPS among American League hitters, with Trout’s 1.046 imprint driving the way.

Be that as it may, Betts, a year more youthful, set up the better season in 2018, hitting .346 with a 1.078 OPS to win the American League MVP respects.

Trout has 26.4 WAR contrasted with Betts’ 24 WAR in the course of the most recent three years, per FanGraphs, however Betts’ 10.4 WAR in 2018 obscured Trout’s past record of 10.2 WAR in 2013.

The case could be made for either, however around this time one year from now, as Betts embarks to start his last year under contract with the Red Sox, there’s motivation to trust he’ll be searching for a significantly higher yearly normal pay than Trout.

A glance at the way Betts has taken care of his compensation arrangements up to this point in his profession uncovers an eagerness to battle for his apparent esteem. With zero influence, he battled for a superior contract before he even was intervention qualified, when players have no power and groups can dole out any agreement they esteem fit to a player, insofar as it’s more than the MLB least.

But Betts got $950,000 in 2017, a lot higher than the $535,000 least that year, and near Trout’s record of $1 million for a pre-arb player.

In 2018, Betts again went after the sky as he asked for $10.5 million, the second-most noteworthy pay granted to a first-year discretion qualified player at the time. The Red Sox countered at a lower number, yet an outsider referee decided Betts was meriting the close record contract. Just Kris Bryant’s $10.85 million was higher.

Furthermore, for 2019, the Red Sox decided not to battle Betts, rather granting him a $20 million pay, another record for second-year assertion players.

So why stop there?

Expecting Betts sets up another enormous year in 2019, he ought to enter the 2020 season searching for a more rewarding long haul contract than the one Trout got. Also, in contrast to Trout, who has made his bliss and happiness in Los Angeles clear, Betts has demonstrated no ability to take a main residence markdown, at any rate not freely.

“I have little uncertainty that Trout would have improved on the free market,” an unmistakable MLB specialist who has a portion of the diversion’s greatest stars told the Herald. “Be that as it may, it isn’t about the only remaining dollar for him but instead unwaveringness and solace. No extra measure of cash would have changed his way of life one particle. He settled on the correct choice for himself and his family and he ought to be acclaimed. It is an incredible contract and it will be quite a while before it impacts some other player.”

That Trout unmistakably didn’t augment his esteem is one reason the contention can be made that this agreement won’t affect different players.

What’s more, another factor: the baseball advertise in Boston isn’t equivalent to it is in Los Angeles. Players will in general look for greater contracts in greater markets. A year ago, Forbes positioned the Red Sox the nineteenth most important games establishment on the planet, esteemed at $2.8 billion. At that point they won the World Series. The Angels, in the mean time, weren’t even on Forbes’ best 50.

“Trout was clearly roused to do this arrangement currently, is glad about it and it clearly bodes well for him,” another MLB specialist told the Herald. “Glad for him. He is an incredible player and meriting.”

Betts hasn’t appeared comparable inspiration. Not yet, in any event. He has, in any case, demonstrated the longing to be a market setter.

Also, that implies topping Trout’s agreement, not simply coordinating it.

Jerry Remy Declared Being Cancer Free

According to a tweet by the man himself Gerald Peter Remy, A.K.A Jerry Remy is now officially cancer free. He went through a scan this Saturday and according to him it went quite successful he added: “cancer free for now and hopefully forever.” In his tweet.

Remy is along with being MLB Red Sox T.V Analyst is also a former MLB second baseman. Remy grew up in Somerset, Massachusetts. He was first recruited by the California Angels in 1971. The All-star second baseman later was traded to Boston Red Sox in 1977. Remy was titled the starting second baseman for the Red Sox in 1978 and also got selected for MLB All-Star Game, though could not play in the game. For the time he played with Red Sox he batted .278 with 44 RBIs and 30 stolen bases in 148 games and also two home runs which proved to be the last of his career. He was forced for an early retirement after suffering a series of injuries in 1985.

After that, he took up the career in TV Broadcasting. He joined NESN in 1988 as the official commentator for Boston Red Sox and continued working till his recent leave of absence after his August Diagnosis.

The 66-year-old Remy has fought many a battle against cancer from the time he was first diagnosed with it back in 2008. He has gone in and out many times in the last few seasons. Like in February 2017 he announced that the cancer is back but he was soon back at the NESN booth. But then again in June 2017, the disease caused him severe damage and he had to go through chemotherapy and surgery. This made him miss out most of the second half of the season. Though he returned in September for a few games.

But by the looks of the recent tweet by himself, he might be cured for good this time around.

Brewers Defeat Giants 6-3 in a Sweep with Schoop Grand Slam in the Sixth Inning

If we say the Sunday was just one of the normal at Miller Park it’ll be a total lie.

The game started with a quite normal feel and turn extraordinary starting from the sixth inning. The Game Ended with Brewers 6-3 victory over Giants that turned up their control over their standing in the National League Central as well.

Now about the crazy stuff that went on the field during the sixth inning, Milwaukee was straggling behind San Francisco 2-1.

Giants Champ Madison Bumgarner threw a total of three pitches toward Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun which includes the third one that actually hit him. Both sides of the benches got cleared in the heated moment between the game umpire, Tom Hallion and The Brewers Manager Craig Counsell.

The first pitch hit by Bumgarner to Braun was up and in which forced him to move a few steps backward for the batter’s box. The thrust pushed him to the third base line. Then after two pitches Bumgarner again came on to Braun from inside and this he did actually strike him hard.

Braun moved slowly to the first base with the Giants catcher Nick Hundley walking alongside, much to keep him from charging the mound but it didn’t take long for brewers dugout to get empty as well as both bullpens.

“Especially when you play a day game here and it’s really hard to see anything that’s at your face…it’s just real uncomfortable,” said Braun. “I had a real long at-bat my second at-bat, flew out, took a pretty good swing.

“I jogged by him and I think maybe he thought I said something that I didn’t say. I told him good pitch, good battle something like that, and maybe he misunderstood me. I don’t know.”

Brewers Manager Counsell left no doubt that the hit was intentional.

“The first pitch was at his face,” he said. “There was a little conversation between Bumgarner and Braun, then the next pitch is inside and the next pitch he gets hit. If they’re trying to pitch around him, just put him on.”

He had a frenzied argument with the umpire before he was asked to leave the field.

After all of this commotion, the first batter who was up was Schoop. Who responded to the uproar by using his player power hitting a fascinating grand slam to the left field which later caused Brewers 6-3 victory over Giants.

He later added an RBI in the eighth inning as a fielder’s choice and finished with four runs. Through that grand slam, Brewers were also able to sweep the series. It was the first series sweep for Brewers after the 2-4 against the Minnesota Twins in July.

“We had a great homestand. We took five out of six on a homestand,” Counsell said. “We pitched very well all homestand – that’s the thing that sticks out for me, is just how well we pitched all homestand.

“We’re racking up wins. That’s the main thing.”

The Brewers were also able to maintain their 2 1/2-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals for the wild-card standings all while cutting down the Chicago Cubs’ lead in the Central Division to two games with a three-game series at Wrigley Field beginning on Monday.

Since finishing the 2011 season 96-66, Milwaukee is now at 82-62, 20 games over .500 for the first time.

“It means we’ve played good baseball for most of the season,” Braun said. “We’ve put ourselves in a good position, a position you want to be in coming down the stretch.”

“It’s a good place to be. You want to play meaningful games this time of year.”

This Win puts the Brewers only two games behind the Chicago Cubs, the team they are about to face for the next three days in Chicago. If they somehow are able to sweep this series with Cubs just like they did with Giants they will earn the NL Central Lead for the first time since 31st of July.

The Cubs 7-1 Win over Phillies and Austin Davis’ “Cheat Sheet”

On Saturday Afternoon, The Phillies came face to face with Chicago Cubs in their 7-1 loss at the Citizen Bank Park. The cubs were against 15-games winner Aaron Nola but somehow managed to score three homers by Baez, Daniel Murphy, and Anthony Rizzo to earn their victory.

“You’ve got to beat good pitching to get to the Promised Land,” Cubs manager Joe Madden said.

The game was pretty ordinary and there is not much to discuss other than the 3 homers against Aaron Nola or the incident with Austin Davis’s “Cheat Sheet” been confiscated. Yes, you heard that right Davis was using a player card to help him pitch against the Cubs batters in the game.

During the eighth inning Umpire, Joe West noticed that Davis has pulled out a card out of his pocket. Whether it was to help him pitch or whatever the dedicated umpire took this card from Davis under the MLB Rule 6.02(c) (7), which clearly states that a pitcher under no circumstances is allowed to hold a foreign substance on his person or in his possession.

“I told him we don’t allow him to carry anything on their glove, person or clothing except in some cases where there’s a rain situation we allow them to put a rosin bag in their pocket,” West said. “Other than that they can’t have anything on the pitcher.”

“I didn’t want to throw him out,” he continues to say. “I know it’s foreign but he’s not trying to cheat. Maybe he’s trying to get an advantage because he’s reading the scouting report, but it wasn’t pining tar, it wasn’t an emery board, it wasn’t whatever.

“In the long run, maybe they’ll let him (have the card). Right now, my hands are tied until they say yes or no. Right now, until the office says it’s OK to carry this, he can’t do it.”

Davis had allowed 2 unearned runs in 2 innings on Saturday night. He has an earned ERA of 3.81 along with 30 strikeouts in 26 innings during this season.

Both Davis and Phillies Manager Gabe Kapler saw no harm in keeping a reference for helping them deliver a winning pitch but the rules rule and Joe had to wait for the officials to order if it was allowed or not.

Davis felt aggregative toward such course of actions that took place and stated the following clearing his viewpoint on the matter:

“Our analytics department works really, really hard to come up with this stuff for us and I want to use it because they work all day to come up with stuff to help get guys out,” Davis said. “And if I have an answer to get a guy out, I want to know what that is.”

On the other hand, Kapler sees this as a useful tact beneficial for pitchers in order to win. He said the following supporting Davis’s actions:

“Austin Davis is pulling the card of his pocket on the mound using it as a reference how to attack the hitters,” Kapler said. “I think it’s actually a really good thing for baseball. I don’t really quite understand this one.”

In spite of Mariners Diehard, Late Innings Efforts at Comeback Diamondbacks Avoided the Sweep

 

The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt hit his career’s 30th homer to avoid a sweep in their Three-Game Series against Seattle Mariners on Sunday beating Mariners in a 5-2 win.

It was only the demand of the time to avoid a clean sweep after losing two times from Mariners in the series. First baseman of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Paul Goldschmidt, who had struck out 4 in 9 combined appearances against Mariners first two wins of series took it upon himself to alter the results from the first two games of the series.

Goldschmidt is the most feared hitters in MLB, although Mariners somehow had managed to keep his bat at bay but for how much long could he have allowed that he certainly succeeded in reminding the Mariners what he is made of by swinging his bat and unleashing the brutal hit to the left field that resulted in a leading 3 run homer.

 

Seattle starter Mike Leake Despite being in the embarrassing situation of giving off two run to Diamondbacks was trying his utmost to avoid such a situation again when Goldschmidt let loose his greatest hit the 30th homer of his career, after the misplace 0-1 sinker it could have been the chance to rise again for mariners but this homer changed everything and resulted in the 5-2 lead of Diamondbacks.

“It was in and elevated,” Leake said. “It was in a good spot for him to kind of get quick with his hands. That was the only pitch I’d take back.”

“We put some pressure on them late,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said after the match. “It was a game of inches this whole series. All the games were real hard fought. We had a few things go our away last night, but today not so much. The infield hit Peralta got in the third inning that they got the runs off us certainly hurt and Haniger smokes a ball right at the third baseman.”

“We made a mistake,” Servais said. “You are trying to get inside to open up the outer part of the plate. We just didn’t get the ball quite enough in. He’s an accomplished hitter — one of the best in the National League — and he made us pay today.”

Leake Pitched overall six innings, allowing only the five runs with seven hits and no walks with six strikeouts. H only allowed one hit after the third inning.

“I thought Mike threw the ball pretty good and as the game went on he got better,” Servais said. “He left a couple pitches up, but he threw the ball fine. Just the one inning got him.”

Seattle had to make a do with the series win instead of a series sweep against Diamondbacks as the series sweep is always the best-expected outcome for any team and as the Oakland winning another game in Minneapolis on Sunday, after this lose Mariners cut down to the third in the race for the second wildcard. Seattle is on the five-game deficit while moving on to a two-game series with Padres after an off-day today.

Josh Reddick Clarified his “Meaningful” Comment on Twitter on Saturday Evening

Josh Reddick, the Houston Astros’ Outfielder made a comment regarding his discontentment regarding the game played between his new and former team, Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics.

A reporter asked Reddick about the game after the game what he thinks of the back and forth game just been played, on th

is he gave his response as follows:

“It was fun,” Reddick said Friday. “Playing some meaningful baseball in this ballpark doesn’t come around a whole lot. As a guy who’s been in it before in the past, it’s a lot of fun when the fans do come out here. They really make a lot of noise and make it loud here, so it’s a lot of fun to be a part of.”

What he said clashed with what he actually meant and as a result, he got a lot of raised eyebrows. All of his old fans booed him for his comment that brought the player a lot of distress.

After receiving so many hateful comments about him he according to the Susan Slusser from San Francisco Chronicles clarified that he meant that Astros had not played many meaningful games at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, but the damage was already done.

When the crowd did not subside jeering at him, Reddick took on Twitter at Saturday Evening to set things straight again. He explained that his comment was misunderstood and was “taken out of context”

“I never meant that ‘meaningful’ games were never played at Rickey Henderson Field,” Reddick wrote. “I played for [five] years in a great organization where I played in a lot of memorable baseball games. [Three] of those years were playoff teams and VERY meaningful games. So for my words to be taken the wrong way by so many people is heartbreaking.”

Reddick added “I would NEVER bash Oakland or the fan base regardless of who I play for. That being said, I’m happy for all those guys in that clubhouse. It’s good to see them winning and playing so well.”

Reddick has played around 596 games in five seasons with Oakland A’s which is the longest ever tenure of his big-league career. After leaving Oakland after he was traded to Los Angeles Dodgers he batted an ERA of .326 which includes five doubles, two home runs and 14 RBIs in 114 appearances against his old team members from Oakland Athletics. Now he is playing for Houston Astros and has won his first World Series last season with them.

Regardless of his trade Reddick has always received a warm welcome whenever he visited his hometown. During last season, the Astros manager A.J. Hinch permitted Reddick to take the lineup card during his first series back in Oakland. Also, the stadium played Reddick’s trademark song (George Michael’s “Careless Whisper”) when he entered.

Ronald Acuna Jr. Purposely hit on Elbow by Marlins Starter Jose Urena on Wednesday Night

On Wednesday Nights game between Atlanta Braves and Miami, a hideous scene was witnessed by the audience which was both shocking and agitating. The 20-year-old outfielder, Ronald Acuna was hit on the left elbow by the Marlins Starter Jose Urena.

The ball was said to be the fastest yet, thrown by Urena and it was at a speed of 97.5 mph. another disturbing fact was that it looked as if he intended to hit Acuna on purpose.

Acuna has a fine record of home runs. He had homered in five games in a series. In past 8 games, he has made eight home runs and three opening home runs leaving one more to make the MLB record and as a matter of coincidence, all of them have been against Marlins.

Maybe that became the reason of Urena’s contempt and maybe he decided to take some kind of revenge, though a poor move on his part.

After the deed was done Acuna who was hit sat on the ground for several minutes trying to endure the pain inflicted by his opponent on him. The Brave’s Manager Brian Snitker was fuming with anger at this, he never in his career has ever been seen in an outraged state such as on Wednesday.

“To get hit like that when all he’s doing is playing the game, he’s not doing anything to show anybody up,” Snitker said. “He’s just playing the game. He’s a young, talented kid. That’s a shame that happened. What happens if they hit him there and it breaks his elbow and he’s done for the year? With what we’re trying to accomplish here and where we’re at, there’s no reason for that. I mean, this is a game.”

It took both the coaches and umpires to stop Manager Brian Snitker from getting near Urena. He was soon ejected by the third-base umpire Paul Nauert and the crew chief. Benches were left empty as both teams came to the mound to see what has been through. Even the team members felt it was outrageous:

“It was gutless,” Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman said. “I know that wasn’t the Marlins. That was just Jose Urena. I don’t understand it. Just because a kid is having fun playing a game and having incredible success makes no sense.”

Starter Jose Urena was also ejected even after Marlins manager Don Mattingly condemnation and right-hander Elieser Hernandez took his place but Acuna lingered to run the bases, after second inning he left the mound no longer able to bear the pain. The attack by the Marlins starter was a meager attempt to put Braves low. Atlanta Braves did not get revenge but won (5-2) against Miami Marlin nonetheless.

“I’m not sure I’ve ever felt like that in a baseball uniform,” Snitker said. “That was just my emotion. That kid didn’t deserve that.”

In the middle of the game, Dansby Swanson, the Braves’ Shortstop made a tremendous homer and dedicated this to his team-mate Acuna by making his gestures at the end.

Acuna’s injury was unfortunate but the game still continues as he has not been able to make a home-run once more. The teams will meet again in Miami for a rematch starting from 23rd to 26th of August.

Toronto Blue Jays: Brandon Drury’s Hand Injury Puts Him in DL Again

The infielder for the Toronto Blue Jays, Brandon Drury went back to DL Tuesday. From the time he joined Blue Jays after his trade from The Yankees he is been giving weak performances.

On that note, the Jays manager, John Gibbons noticed it first, he said:

“He’s hit before, he’s got some power,” he said “I just thought he was feeling for the ball a little bit too much. But that kind of explains it with the wrist. He was biting the bullet a little bit. But he’s a kid that’s been in demand by everybody — so, that tells you everything you need to know. He’s a hard-nosed guy. He doesn’t talk a lot. He’s still feeling his way around a new team, I think. But he seems to be all business.”

Drury had injured his hand while playing for Yankees. In a game against Tampa Bay Rays, he tried to trace a 93-m.p.h. fastball up and in which got and in a heat of removing himself from the balls focus his hands got in between and the ball hit the base of his hand above the wrist. The Yankees trainer went to inspect and decided to remove him from the game. He has an X-Ray but it showed nothing of particular concern.

“X-Ray came back clean, looked well. So, I was just trying to do treatment and stuff the last week-and-a-half. And it just wasn’t getting better,” Drury said. “My hand was broke. So, I was just trying to play through it. I was doing everything I could to play through it. But it was just to the point where I couldn’t swing right, I couldn’t catch the ball right — it wasn’t right.”

Drury was receiving treatments daily put to no avail, his injury was not getting any better no matter what amount of medication he took.

The things got clear when he was sent for MRI and CT scan on Sunday to see what was the reason for his injury not improving. It turned out that all this time Drury was playing with his hand being fractured. The base of his fifth metacarpal (The pinky finger) of left hand been severely damaged all along without anyone taking notice.

Manager John Gibbons said he was impressed that Drury was playing all while being this severely injured. It’s been reported that he will have to stay in the hospital for a minimum of 10 days with his left hand and wrist protected in a cast.

Brandon Drury expressed his views on his fractured hand as one of the frustrations in a comment.

“It’s very frustrating. It’s not what I was looking for when I got traded over here. But my goal is now to get back healthy and get where I want to be as fast as I can,” he said. “I was out there playing, so, there’s no excuses. But, at the same time, it didn’t feel too good.”

Though it’s not ideal to play baseball with a broken bone in your hand. It is likely that Drury will be able to resume his playing after the cast gets off. He is expected to be back in the game by the end of the month.

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Carlos Martinez Went to DL in the 5th Inning of the Game Against Colorado

In the Middle of the Monday’s Game Against Colorado the ST. Louis Cardinals’ Right-Hander Pitcher Carlos Martinez was sent back to the DL List after being reported recovered from his Oblique Strain.

Monday’s Game was his first start after being recovered but the trainers noticed that he was appearing stiff and his fastball was sitting between 88 and 90 MPH during the inning. So, after being visited by the team Trainer Chris Conroy, pitching coach Mike Maddux, and Manager Mike Shildt in the start of the fifth inning, Martinez left the game with a reported Shoulder Strain. The test results are being checked to see if this ailment is connected to the last one.

Before walking off of the mound, Martinez was pitching strong. He struck out nine batters, walked one and left the mound with two batters on the fifth.

Martinez record of this season is 6-6 with an ERA of 3.41 in which he has 18 starts.

According to the Manager Mike Shildt, the strain Martinez received is “Mil” and that the MRI results show no structural damage. Still, the Organization is looking to have a more thorough diagnosis on Tuesday.

“That was disappointing,” Shildt said. “That was vintage what we want to see out of Carlos. He was, from pitch one, in full attack mode with quality stuff throughout. He got into jams a little bit, was able to pitch out and make pitches. That was first-rate, front-of-the-line rotation stuff right there.”

“He just said, ‘My shoulder is sore, but I can go,'” Shildt said. “Clearly, we’re not going to let him go.”

Martinez has been to the hospital for two prior injuries as well this season, one was his right latissimus dorsi strain which made him miss a whole month earlier this year and then an oblique injury that made him miss a start last week.

He was replaced by Daniel Poncedeleon, who had hit seven hitless innings in one of his last appearances three years ago. He walked a batter loading him with basses and then gave a grand slam to Nolan Arenado. It was the first time for the Cardinals History that a pitcher served a grand slam on the First Major League hit he allowed.

“I was in panic mode a little bit,” said Poncedeleon, “They told me to take my time, but I still think I kind of rushed it a little.”