Injuries are a real and unfortunate part of sports, and even more unfortunately, the injury bug is all too non-discriminatory.
It could be your leadoff hitter, which it was for the Nationals, or it could be one of your starting pitchers, which it was for the Diamondbacks. Those hurt far worse than the guys on the end of the bench going down.
Nationals leadoff hitter and center fielder Adam Eaton will likely miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Eaton injured his left knee beating out an infield single in Friday night’s game against the New York Mets.
Eaton was acquired in the offseason by the Nationals at a hefty price, as Washington gave up three top prospects for the spark plug who was turning into a terrific leadoff option for Nationals, something they have searched for the past few seasons.
Now Eaton likely spends the rest of the season attempting to recover, while Washington is forced to scramble to find a new way of constructing its team and lineup.
Shelby Miller, a name familiar to Braves fans, had his horrible run over the past two years continue with his announcement that he would have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.
“It sucks because I was feeling good and throwing the ball well,” Miller told the Arizona Republic. “But I’m trying to get back as soon as possible.”
Miller posted a 3.02 ERA in an exceptional 2015 season for the Braves on a team that played so poorly behind him that he led the league with 17 losses. Arizona was impressed enough by him that it dealt top pick Dansby Swanson, center fielder Ender Inciarte and pitcher Aaron Blair to the Braves for Miller before the 2016 season, a trade that is currently setting up as one of the most lopsided in baseball history.
Things never clicked for Miller in his first year in the desert, as he went 3-12 with a 6.15 ERA in 20 starts. But he was 2-2 in four starts with a 4.09 ERA so far in 2017 before the arm troubles.
Here’s to hoping he can return to form after the rehabilitation.
After the depressing talk of injuries, we’ll leave you with something awesome from Saturday night. The Dodgers hit three homers in the ninth before walking off with a single.