Chris Sale pulled a fast one on the media this weekend.
On Saturday, Sale blamed a belly button ring for causing irritation and putting him in the hospital, subsequently keeping him from starting Game 5 of the ALCS.
Chris Sale says he’s feeling better.
Asked what caused the stomach illness, he said, “I had irritation from a belly button ring. Constantly taking it in and out caused irritation. Doctors and nurses at MGH were awesome. Things happen. You handle them. And keep moving forward.”
— Jason Mastrodonato (@JMastrodonato) October 20, 2018
Sale did not appear to be joking when he said this, though he later told a teammate he would try to pull a huge practical joke.
The Red Sox had chalked Sale’s absence up to a “stomach illness.”
He’s apparently good to go for Game 1 of the World Series, and we assume the team will ask him to stay away from belly button rings until the season is over, at the very least.
- Chris Sale
Justin Upton was placed on the 10-day DL because of a laceration on his finger, and now we know what led to the injury.
The OC Register’s Jeff Fletcher reported on Tuesday that Upton cut his finger on a broken wine glass.
Upton said he cut his finger on a broken wine glass at his home in Arizona on Sunday night. He got 4 stitches. #Angels
— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) August 21, 2018
That explains why he did not play on Sunday.
The 30-year-old outfielder was acquired by the Angels in a trade last season. They signed him to a 5-year, $108 million contract after the year. He has batted .267 with 26 home runs and an .826 OPS this season — inline with his career averages.
The Angels recalled Jabari Blash in a corresponding move.
- Justin Upton
Dereck Rodriguez wound up as collateral damage of Tuesday night’s fight against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The San Francisco Giants right-hander was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Thursday with a Grade 1 hamstring strain. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Rodriguez suffered the injury during the aforementioned benches-clearing brawl with the Dodgers.
Rodriguez hurt the hamstring during the altercation Tuesday. #sfgiants
— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) August 17, 2018
Yasiel Puig and Nick Hundley were the primary combatants in the incident, which occurred in the seventh inning of the eventual 2-1 Giants win. Puig got a fine and a two-game suspension as a result, while Hundley was also fined.
As for Rodriguez, who holds a 2.25 ERA in 12 starts this year and is the son of Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez, his injury is not quite unprecedented. Earlier this season, we saw another pitcher get hurt under very similar circumstances.
Dellin Betances’ first outing in the month of August sounded a little painful.
The New York Yankees reliever had to be checked out by trainers during Sunday’s game against the Boston Red Sox with an apparent finger injury. Meredith Marakovits of YES Network revealed the strange circumstances of the injury — Betances cut the finger with his nail a couple of appearances ago.
Trainers looking at Dellin Betances’ finger. He told me he cut that ring finger with his nail a couple of outings ago. Said he was fine at the time but could have aggravated it #yankees
— Meredith Marakovits (@M_Marakovits) August 6, 2018
Betances, who entered play Sunday with a 2.40 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 44 games, did manage to complete his outing. After hitting the first batter he faced with a pitch, he sent down the next three straight, striking out two.
Hopefully though, Betances won’t have to change up his repertoire as we recently saw with another reliever who had a similar injury.
Kansas City Royals players seem to keep finding the oddest ways to injure themselves this season, even their minor leaguers.
According to a report by Maria Torres of the Kansas City Star on Thursday, top Royals prospect Bubba Starling dislocated his left index finger as he stumbled getting out of bed. Starling, who had been recovering from an oblique injury for the last two months, had to undergo surgery on the finger, which was said to be “completely bent backwards.” His return to the Class-AAA Omaha Storm Chasers is now expected to be delayed another six weeks.
Starling was taken by the Royals with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, ahead of the likes of Francisco Lindor, Javy Baez, and George Springer. The 25-year-old outfielder has yet to make his major league debut.
If there’s any good news here, it’s that Starling bats and throws righty, so the injury was not to his dominant hand. Still though, it’s getting pretty eerie just how many Royals have hurt themselves in bizarre circumstances recently.
Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo was not in the lineup for Friday’s game against the Detroit Tigers after a bizarre mishap during batting practice.
Rangers executive vice president of communications John Blake tweeted that Gallo was scratched after colliding with teammate Delino DeShields Jr in the outfield during batting practice. After originally saying that Gallo had a “little” blurred vision, Blake later added that Gallo suffered a contusion to his left eye and would be undergoing further examination.
Gallo scratched after colliding with DeShields in outfield during BP. Has a little blurred vision.
— John Blake (@RangerBlake) July 6, 2018
Gallo has contusion to left eye and will be further examined.
— John Blake (@RangerBlake) July 6, 2018
The 24-year-old Gallo is one of the Rangers’ prized young talents and has already hit 21 home runs this season after clubbing 41 of them in 2017.
Gallo was also involved in another collision with a teammate last season that landed him in the concussion protocol. He was out of the lineup for a total of seven games as a result.
The Kansas City Royals already have one of the worst records in baseball, and now their injury fortunes may quickly be following suit.
Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas was scratched from the lineup for Tuesday’s game against the Cleveland Indians due to back spasms. After the game (a 6-4 Kansas City loss), manager Ned Yost revealed that Moustakas hurt his back lifting one of his kids, per Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com.
Ned said Moose felt his back tighten after lifting one of his children. Day to day
— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) July 4, 2018
Moustakas, the two-time All-Star, has been one of the lone bright spots for the 25-50 Royals this season, leading the team with 16 home runs and 53 RBIs.
The good news here is that Moustakas is only day-to-day. The bad news is that this isn’t even the most ridiculous way that a Royal has hurt himself this year.