Mets ace Max Scherzer removed himself from a start with an apparent injury Wednesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The three-time Cy Young Award winner left with two outs in the sixth inning and a 1-1 count on Albert Pujols. With two runners on, Scherzer threw a slider in the dirt and immediately signaled to the New York bench that he was done.
Mets pitching coach Jeremy Hefner, manager Buck Showalter, and a trainer came out of the dugout to visit Scherzer on the mound. After a quick discussion, the 37-year-old righthander walked off the field.
Scherzer threw 61 of his 87 pitches for strikes and left with a 6-2 lead against his hometown team. Adam Ottavino was given all the time he needed to warm up, and he struck out Pujols to end the inning.
Astros’ Jake Odorizzi has some leg damage but no Achilles’ tear, MRI shows
Astros pitcher Jake Odorizzi said an MRI on his left leg showed damage that will sideline him for an indefinite period, but added he felt fortunate an injury at Fenway Park this week wasn’t worse.
Odorizzi heard a pop in his ankle during Monday night’s start against the Red Sox that caused him to collapse after throwing a pitch. The 32-year-old righthander feared a serious setback with his Achilles’ tendon.
Odorizzi was stretchered off the field in the fifth inning of the 6-3 loss after the injury and put on the 15-day injured list on Tuesday.
He said an MRI revealed some damage to tendons and ligaments, but not the Achilles’ tendon. He said the current plan calls for pain management, rehab to improve range of motion, and strengthening.
There is no set timeline for his return.
“I think the stretcher made it worse than it actually was,” Odorizzi said. “It was just a quick, loud pop. I heard it and felt it, so I kind of thought it was the worst-case scenario.”
Avoiding what would have been a season-ending injury was as positive of an outcome as he could have hoped for, he said.
“We got imaging done yesterday and it came back — there’s no damage to my Achilles’, so that’s really the main takeaway. There’s some other damage in there, but not on the Achilles itself,” Odorizzi said. “We avoided that, and I’d say it’s the best-case scenario at that point.”
Correa has two hits in return from IL; rookie Lewis sent back down
The Twins reinstated shortstop Carlos Correa from the injured list before their game at Oakland and sent thriving rookie Royce Lewis back to Triple A St. Paul.
Correa missed 11 games with a bruised right middle finger, after a pitch hit him there while he gripped the handle of the bat in the middle of a swing.
Correa went 2 for 4 with an RBI double in his return in a 14-4 rout of the Athletics.
“It was really nice to get back out there with the guys,” Correa said. “Being back out there, it definitely felt like opening day a little bit to me.”
Gary Sánchez went 2 for 4 with a double and three RBIs. Luis Arráez, Ryan Jeffers, and Gilberto Celestino each drove in two runs.
Gio Urshela, Jorge Polanco, Max Kepler, and Nick Gordon also had RBIs for the Twins, who won their first series in Oakland since 2011, stopping a nine-series losing streak. Minnesota took two of three from the A’s in a series that drew just 13,884, including 7,106 for the afternoon finale.
Correa was held out two days past the minimum stay. Lewis didn’t miss a beat, deftly filling in at shortstop and contributing often at the plate during his 11-game major league debut. The first overall pick in the 2017 draft hit .308 with four doubles, two homers, five RBIs, and five runs in 39 at-bats, but the Twins preferred he continue to get regular playing time at shortstop.
Correa was batting .255 with five doubles, two homers, 11 RBIs, and 12 runs in 94 at-bats before the injury.
Phillies slugger Harper won’t play right field for six weeks
Bryce Harper sat out a third straight game as he recovers from a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow and the Phillies slugger may not play right field again until late July.
The reigning National League MVP, Harper said he was hopeful of returning at some point in the Philadelphia’s three-game series against the Padres. He did not play in Tuesday’s 3-0 loss. The Phillies and Padres wrap the series Thursday afternoon.
Harper had the injection Sunday because of a small tear in the ulnar collateral ligament of his throwing elbow that’s forced him into the role of designated hitter. He hasn’t played right field since April 16 and will remain as DH whenever he returns.
Phillies manager Joe Girardi said that doctors said Harper should not throw for at least six weeks.
“I think he has some real clarification. I think it kind of put him at peace, actually,” Girardi said. “I think knowing that he has to wait, there’s not much he can do until six weeks anyway. He’ll just focus on hitting. I think the concern for the player is when it comes closer to actually trying something out.”
The 29-year-old star is batting .305 with nine home runs, 14 doubles, 27 RBIs, and an .634 slugging percentage. Harper likely would have spent a chunk of the season on the injured list had the National League not adopted the designated hitter this season. Girardi said there was a chance the Phillies might have carried him on the roster as a pinch hitter.
Yankees ride Cole’s arm, quick start to 3-2 win over Orioles
Gerrit Cole outpitched Jordan Lyles in a duel of veteran righthanders, and the Yankees squeezed past the skidding Orioles, 3-2, to clinch their ninth straight series win.
Gleyber Torres hit an RBI double and scored in a three-run first inning that propelled the Yankees to their 21st win in 24 games, including nine of their last 10. New York’s 28-9 start is tied for second-best in the majors since 1948, trailing only the 1984 Tigers at 32-5.
The Yankees will attempt to complete a four-game sweep of last-place Baltimore on Thursday afternoon.
Cole (4-0) went seven innings, allowing two runs and six hits with five strikeouts. The 31-year-old is 4-0 with a 1.04 ERA in his last four starts against Baltimore.
Clay Holmes worked the final two innings for the third save of his career, all this season and all against the Orioles.
New York took the lead in the first when Torres followed two-out singles by Anthony Rizzo and Josh Donaldson with a run-scoring double. Then, on a wild pitch by Lyles, Donaldson scored and Torres came home on catcher Anthony Bemboom’s errant throw to the plate.
Baltimore closed to 3-2 sixth when Austin Hays hit an RBI double and scored on an infield grounder.
Justin Turner’s three-run blast helps Dodgers sweep Diamondbacks
Walker Buehler and the Dodgers rallied for a 5-3 victory to complete a four-game sweep. “Not a great outing,” Buehler said after allowing two runs and six hits in five innings. “It’s my eighth start, I probably should be in game shape by now, but I’ve struggled. It’s tough to not go and perform the way you think you ought to.” Justin Turner picked up the Dodgers with a three-run homer in the fourth inning, helping them win their fifth straight overall. Los Angeles finished off a 5-3 homestand that included eight games in seven days and four within 42 hours ... Zack Wheeler struck out nine over seven shutout innings, Rhys Hoskins homered, and the Phillies beat the Padres, 3-0. Wheeler (2-3), who lost his first three starts of the season, had yet another outing more in line with the ones that helped him finish second in NL Cy Young Award voting last season. He allowed four hits and walked none over 94 pitches. Jose Alvarado worked the eighth and Corey Knebel earned his eighth save ... Keston Hiura hit a two-run homer off Jesse Chavez in the bottom of the 11th inning as the Brewers rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Braves, 7-6. The Brewers had tied it with two outs in the ninth on an RBI triple from Kolten Wong.