The Mariners announced today that second baseman Robinson Cano underwent core muscle surgery to repair a sports hernia. He’s expected to require about six weeks to recover, though as MLB.com’s Greg Johns writes, he won’t play any winter ball this year to rehab. Dr. William Meyers repaired a pair of core muscle injuries, Johns writes, one on each side of Cano’s body. Seattle’s $240MM second baseman struggled greatly in the season’s first half but hit .331/.387/.540 with 15 homers after the All-Star break
Pirates fans gathered Tuesday morning to celebrate Bill Mazeroski’s walk-off home run on Oct. 13, 1960, at about the time Forbes Field’s gates opened that long-ago Thursday for Game 7 of the World Series.
The Rangers don’t have to dig far back into their memory banks to recall the last time they faced a pivotal, elimination-type scenario. Just 10 days before Wednesday’s American League Division Series Game 5 against Toronto, the Rangers defeated the Angels in the regular-season finale that decided the AL West race.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he didn’t start Chase Utley in Monday’s Game 3 of the National League Division Series because of a “baseball decision,” but added that he talked to Utley about safety concerns for the infielder and his family after Saturday night’s controversial slide in Game 2 that broke the leg of Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada.
Curtis Granderson drove home five runs on a pair of doubles, Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d’Arnaud homered and the Mets, despite an imperfect outing from Matt Harvey, waltzed to a 13-7 victory over the Dodgers Monday night in Game 3 of the National League Division Series.
The boos rained down upon Chase Utley, just as the forecasts had figured. And there were moments Monday night when Citi Field faithful’s demands for a pound of flesh — voiced in those rhythmic “We want Utley!” chants — were about as loud and nearly as long as the public discourse over Utley’s takeout tactics.
And now for the Cubs, after their biggest moment at Wrigley Field in a dozen years, the hardest part. Finishing the job.
Time for another edition of the MLBTR Mailbag. As always, apologies if we couldn’t get to your questions and thanks for sending them in! Here are this week’s questions, with a reminder that you can submit questions for the mailbag at any time throughout the week via email (email@example.com) … With Cleveland unloading contracts of Swisher and Bourn, will they have the resources to go after the high-profile middle of the order bat that they desperately need? — Eric C. They’ll have some increased flexibility, but they paid $15MM in that trade and also took on Chris Johnson‘s salary, so they’re not likely to add a significant amount of money. We took a look at their upcoming offseason last week and suggested that trades were the likelier route. Names like Marcell Ozuna and, more improbably, Todd Frazier, make plenty of sense in theory.
The Astros won their biggest challenge of the season, as they got out of a pivotal jam in the seventh inning on an overturned call in the seventh inning of Game 4 of the American League Division Series at Minute Maid Park on Monday.
Astros rookie phenom Carlos Correa belted two homers and an RBI double, but the shortstop also made a critical error during the Royals’ epic five-run eighth inning as Kansas City forced a decisive Game 5 of the American League Division Series with a 9-6 victory on Monday at Minute Maid Park.