Matt Moore was diagnosed with a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament last week after leaving his April 7 start against the Royals with the injury. He attempted to skirt major surgery, but succumbed to the inevitable on Monday night. The lefty will undergo Tommy John surgery, putting him on the shelf for a year.
Heading into the eighth inning on Monday night, the Braves led the Phillies 2-1. Ervin Santana was in line for win after tossing six strong innings, allowing one run on four hits and two walks while striking out 11. B.J. Rosenberg, whom Ryne Sandberg said he wanted to avoid after he pitched on Saturday and Sunday, entered the game for the Phillies in the eighth. And, as if Sandberg knew something beforehand, that’s when things got nutty.
Evan Gattis led off the inning with a home run, his second of the night, to put the Braves up 3-1. Dan Uggla followed with another bomb, giving the Braves a comfortable three-run lead. When Andrelton Simmons made it back-to-back-to-back, it was clear why Sandberg wanted to stay away from Rosenberg on Monday. It also appeared that the Braves, with their fantastic bullpen, would cruise to victory.
It was a successful weekend for the Yankees, who took three out of four from the Red Sox and enter this week tied for first in the AL East. But despite that success, New York is seriously banged up, especially in the infield. Mark Teixeira is on the disabled list with a strained hamstring, Francisco Cervelli will likely join him with a hamstring strain of his own, and both Derek Jeter and Brian Roberts are sidelined with a quad strain and a sore back, respectively. The team’s infield was already thin to begin with: Teixeira’s injury has forced regular third baseman Kelly Johnson to shift to first base, with rookies Yangervis Solarte and Dean Anna picking up the slack.
All of that has fueled speculation that the Yankees could reach out to and sign free agents Stephen Drew or Kendrys Morales to plug their various holes. But New York will reportedly soldier on with its roster as currently constructed, with a team source telling ESPN New York’s Wallace Matthews that there’s “no way” that either Drew or Morales will don pinstripes any time soon.
Last year, Jedd Gyorko hit more home runs than all but two rookie second basemen in major league history. Though the rest of the game remains a work in progress, the Padres have rewarded the 25-year-old slugger with a six-year, $35 million extension covering the 2015-20 seasons. As with most extensions for players not yet eligible for arbitration, it’s a justifiable move, though it looks to be slightly on the high side when compared to the recent six-year extensions of Starling Marte and Chris Archer.
Red Sox manager John Farrell might be the most dissatisfied customer when it comes to MLB’s new expanded instant replay system, but he’s far from the only one. While it’s as unfair to judge two weeks of performance by replay officials as it is to overstate the significance of the hot or cold starts by any player or team, this past weekend featured a trio of high-profile incidents that have shaken confidence in the system, as reviewed plays appeared to wind up with incorrect outcomes despite considerable evidence to the contrary.