The latest on some prominent players who had to make early exits from today’s games…
- Steven Matz lasted only four pitches into today’s start against the Pirates, as Matz was suffering from stiffness in his left shoulder. Cardinals manager Olli Marmol told reporters (including MLB.com’s John Denton) that Matz will undergo an MRI later tonight. It has been a tough start overall to Matz’s tenure in St. Louis. Louis, as the southpaw has allowed a lot of hard contact en route to a 6.03 ERA over his first 37 1/3 innings in Cards red.
- Jazz Chisholm Jr. was replaced at second base prior to the third inning of the Marlins‘4-3 win over the Braves, and the Miami side announced that Chisholm was dealing with left hamstring tightness. Chisholm walked and later scored during his only plate appearance, and MLB.com’s Christina De Nicola noted that Chisholm was running the bases much slower than usual, hinting at his hamstring issue. In Saturday’s game, Chisholm was spiked in that same left leg by Ozzie Albies when Albies was trying to steal second base, though tests did not reveal anything that kept Chisholm from today’s lineup. The Marlins infielder has been great thus far in 2022, hitting .290 / .341 / .581 with seven homers over 139 PA.
- Designated hitter Nelson Cruz sprained his right ankle during an awkward slide into second base during the fourth inning of the Nationals‘8-2 win over the Brewers today. Cruz was replaced by a pinch-hitter in his next at-bat, with Nats manager Davey Martinez telling reporters (including The Washington Post’s Jesse Dougherty) that Cruz continued to feel discomfort while taking some warm-up swings in the batting cage between innings. It is not yet clear if Cruz will require a trip to the injured list, as Martinez just described the veteran slugger as day-to-day. Though Cruz collected two hits against Milwaukee today, he is hitting only .204 / .283 / .296 with four homers through 161 PA.
- On the 13th pitch of his start against the Rays today, Orioles right-hander Spenser Watkins was hit in the forearm by a line drive off the bat of Ji-Man Choi. Watkins had to leave the game without recording an out (and allowing singles to his three batters faced), but he may have avoided serious injury – x-rays were negative and Watkins was diagnosed with only a bruised forearm. Sunday marked Watkins’ eighth start of the season, and the second-year player had a 6.00 ERA over 30 innings thus far in 2022.