The Los Angeles Dodgers caught another tough break in regards to injuries this past week when prospect Dennis Santana was scratched just moments before making his first career Major League start.
It was originally believed that Santana tore his lat muscle, although the diagnosis was later changed to a right rotator cuff strain. The true severity of the injury is not entirely clear, but it is clear that he will be out for a while.
There is a bit of good news, though, as Dodgers manager Dave Roberts does not believe that Santana will require rotator cuff surgery, via Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times:
Roberts said Santana would not even throw “for a few weeks.”
“I don’t think it’s a surgery thing right now,” Roberts said.
Santana allowed five runs on six hits and struck out four in 3.2 innings in his only Major League game before getting injured. He earned earn his first career win in that relief appearance against the Colorado Rockies.
Given that Santana is only 22 years old, the organization will certainly proceed with caution and won’t bring him back from the injury too early. They have done with some of their other top young arms, Julio Urias and Walker Buehler.
The injury nonetheless is obviously a tough one for Santana to swallow. He tore his way through the Minor League system this season and reached the Majors for the first time, only to see his season cut short after just one outing.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Outfielder Juan Soto was brought up by the Washington Nationals, at 19 becoming the youngest player in the major leagues.
Soto played for three teams in the minor leagues this season and hit .362 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs. He was not in Sunday’s lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
”I was in shock,” Soto said. ”I didn’t think it would happen that quick but I feel pretty good.”
Soto would become the youngest player to debut since Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias in 2016 and just the second Nationals player to debut at 19 years after Bryce Harper, who was 19 years, 195 days in 2012.
”He’s going to get a chance to play,” manager Dave Martinez said. ”I want to put him in situations where he can succeed.”
Washington made the move one day after Howie Kendrick tore his right Achilles tendon, an injury that ended his season. Adam Eaton and Brian Godwin are also on the disabled list.
Soto started the season at Class A Hagerstown, made his debut at Class A Potomac on April 24 then moved up to Double-A Harrisburg on May 10.
Right-hander Jefry Rodriguez was optioned to Harrisburg, and outfielder Moises Sierra was designated for assignment to make room for Soto, whose contract was selected from the Senators. Washington also recalled shortstop Adrian Sanchez from Syracuse.
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MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — The San Diego Padres rebounded nicely from Los Angeles’ combined no-hitter, using two-run homers by Eric Hosmer and Raffy Lopez to beat the Dodgers 7-4 on Saturday night in the first major league series in Mexico since 1999.
A day after the first no-hitter ever outside the U.S. or Canada, Travis Jankowski led off the first with a triple for San Diego’s first hit of the series. Hosmer then hit a drive over the wall in right against Kenta Maeda.
Lopez’s first homer of the season erased a 4-3 Los Angeles lead in the sixth, and Chase Headley and Carlos Asuaje contributed RBI singles in the eighth against Daniel Hudson.
Kirby Yates got two outs for the win, and Brad Hand worked the ninth for his eighth save.
Josh Fields (2-1) allowed Lopez’s homer.
On Friday night, Walker Buehler and three relievers posted the 12th combined no-hitter in major league history, leading the Dodgers to a 4-0 victory.
YANKEES 5, INDIANS 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor’s double error led to a pair of runs in a four-run fifth inning off previously unhittable Trevor Bauer, and the Yankees won for the 14th time in 15 games.
New York is in its first 14-1 stretch since 1998 Yankees won 114 games during the regular season and then the first of three straight World Series titles.
Sonny Gray (2-2) allowed two runs in six innings in his first win since April 7. David Robertson worked the ninth for his first save.
Lindor put the Indians ahead in the fifth with his fourth homer in five games, but he has made three errors in the past two games.
Bauer (2-3) pitched six innings of two-hit ball. He was charged with four runs, two earned.
RED SOX 6, RANGERS 5
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Craig Kimbrel became the quickest pitcher to reach 300 career saves, closing out Boston’s road win after it scored the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning.
Kimbrel worked a perfect ninth for his ninth save this season. His 300th save overall came in his 494th career appearance and 330th save opportunity, and just less than three weeks before his 30th birthday.
Andrew Benintendi hit a triple off the right-center wall in the ninth against Keone Kela (2-2) and scored on a sacrifice fly by Hanley Ramirez.
The Rangers had the bases loaded with one out in the eighth before Joe Kelly (1-0) struck out the only two batters he faced. He fanned Joey Gallo, the slugger who had already hit two impressive home runs, and then got Jurickson Profar on a called third strike.
DIAMONDBACKS 4, ASTROS 3
PHOENIX (AP) — A.J. Pollock singled off the glove of third baseman Alex Bregman with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, helping the Diamondbacks stop their longest skid of the season at three.
Pollock delivered on Brad Peacock’s first pitch after Chris Devenski (1-1) had walked the previous two hitters to load the bases. Brad Boxberger (1-2) got the win in relief.
Astros reliever Collin McHugh became the first pitcher to enter a regular-season game in the Diamondbacks’ shiny new bullpen cart. McHugh replaced starter Charlie Morton in the sixth inning.
CARDINALS 8, CUBS 6, 10 INNINGS
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kolten Wong hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning, lifting St. Louis to its fourth straight victory.
The Cardinals trailed 6-4 before Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run double off Brandon Morrow in the ninth, handing the closer his first blown save of the season.
Paul DeJong led off the 10th with a walk and Wong followed with a drive to right against Luke Farrell (1-1). It was Wong’s third career game-ending homer.
Tyler Lyons (1-0) earned the win after Bud Norris exited in the top of the 10th inning due to tightness in his triceps.
Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez homered for the Cubs, who lost for a season-high fourth time in a row despite scoring more than three runs for the first time since April 24th.
PHILLIES 3, NATIONALS 1
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rhys Hoskins hit a two-run homer, Vince Velasquez pitched five effective innings and Philadelphia snapped Washington’s six-game win streak.
Velasquez (2-4) allowed one run and one hit in his first win since April 7. Hector Neris worked the ninth for his sixth save.
Wilmer Difo homered for Washington. Third baseman Anthony Rendon went 0 for 2 with two walks after missing 19 games with what the team called a contusion to his toe.
Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark (2-3) tied his season high with nine strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. He was charged with three runs and six hits.
TIGERS 3, ROYALS 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jordan Zimmermann pitched five scoreless innings and Nicholas Castellanos had three extra-base hits, leading Detroit to the win.
Zimmermann (2-0) improved to 4-0 with a 1.48 ERA in seven appearances against the Royals. Shane Greene allowed an unearned run in the ninth before striking out Alcides Escobar and Jon Jay for his sixth save.
Castellanos had an RBI double as the Tigers scored three runs in the first inning off Jason Hammel (0-4).
Kansas City’s Jorge Soler went 0 for 4, snapping his career-high 19-game on-base streak and 10-game hitting streak.
ROCKIES 2, METS 0
NEW YORK (AP) — Chad Bettis pitched seven smooth innings, Nolan Arenado homered early off the big apple at Citi Field, and the Rockies shut down the slumping Mets.
Pinch hitter David Dahl gave the Rockies an insurance run with a two-out RBI single off Robert Gsellman in the ninth, though left fielder Yoenis Cespedes threw out a runner at the plate on the play. Adam Ottavino and Wade Davis finished a six-hitter that took just under 2 1/2 hours, sealing Colorado’s fourth straight win.
Despite a solid start by Steven Matz (1-3), the staggering Mets fell to 0-5 on their six-game homestand.
Bettis (4-1) allowed six hits. Davis got his 13th save in 14 chances.
BREWERS 5, PIRATES 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ryan Braun hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning, helping Milwaukee to the win.
Braun, who entered as a pinch hitter in the seventh, drove a pitch from George Kontos (2-3) to the center-field wall to score Domingo Santana and Eric Sogard. Braun got a chance to bat after Kontos walked Sogard, batting .105, on four pitches.
Josh Hader (1-0) pitched the final two innings to pick up the win. He surrendered Starling Marte’s tying two-run homer in the top of the eighth, and then retired the Pirates in order in the ninth.
GIANTS 11, BRAVES 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Buster Posey and Andrew McCutchen each had three of San Francisco’s 18 hits, leading the Giants to their third straight victory.
Alen Hanson homered and drove in four runs, Gorkys Hernandez had four hits and Brandon Crawford had three hits and two RBIs for the Giants. Ty Blach (3-3) gave up only one earned run in 7 2/3 innings.
Hanson’s second-inning double to center field drove in Brandon Belt and Crawford. Hanson pulled a pitch down the right-field line for a two-run homer in the third.
Atlanta’s Brandon McCarthy (4-1) gave up eight runs and 12 hits in only 3 1/3 innings.
MARLINS 6, REDS 0
CINCINNATI (AP) — Starlin Castro drove in three runs with a homer and a double, backing another strong performance by Miami’s Caleb Smith.
Smith (2-3) has been stingy in his last three starts, allowing only two runs and seven hits in 18 2/3 innings with 26 strikeouts.
Against the Reds, he gave up three hits and fanned seven in 5 2/3 innings, escaping threats created by a couple of Marlins errors. Three relievers completed a four-hitter.
Miami’s struggling offense got the early lead as Castro and Justin Bour homered off rookie Tyler Mahle (2-4).
RAYS 5, BLUE JAYS 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Denard Span drove in his team-leading 24th run to help surging Tampa Bay beat Toronto.
The Rays chased Aaron Sanchez (2-3) in the fourth, taking a 4-1 lead on Span’s single and a sacrifice fly by Matt Duffy. Span’s 24 RBIs have come in 90 at-bats.
Jake Faria (3-1) allowed a run and three hits in 5 1/3 innings as the Rays got their 11th victory in 14 games to improve to 15-16. Alex Colome got five outs for his sixth save.
Teoscar Hernandez and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. homered for the Blue Jays, who have lost eight of 12.
TWINS 8, WHITE SOX 4
CHICAGO (AP) — Eddie Rosario homered and drove in five runs, Lance Lynn earned his first AL win, and the Twins posted back-to-back victories from the first time since April 12.
Rosario had four hits, including a two-run homer in the third inning and a two-run double in the fourth. Minnesota tagged Hector Santiago (0-1) for eight runs in 3 1/3 innings.
Tim Anderson homered twice for Chicago, which has lost six of seven.
Lynn (1-3) allowed two runs in six innings.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers won’t steal many headlines with their unusual feat Friday night. Albert Pujols will get most of those to himself after delivering his milestone 3,000th career hit. But it was a significant night nonetheless as four pitchers combined to throw a no-hitter in their 4-0 win against the San Diego Padres in game one of the Mexico Series.
Rookie Walker Buehler, who was making only his third career start, did the heavy lifting. He fired six hitless innings, many of which came during a downpour. He also needed 93 pitches, which was not a pace manager Dave Roberts was comfortable with. Roberts elected not to extend the 2015 first round pick, pulling him in favor of his bullpen.
Veteran left-hander Tony Cingrani pitched the seventh inning, allowing one runner to reach on a walk. He also came the closest to allowing a hit when Matt Szczur’s blooper landed just foul.
Right-hander Yimi Garcia set San Diego down in order in the eighth inning. In the ninth, it wasn’t Kenley Jansen who got the call. Roberts instead turned to lefty Adam Liberatore, who finished the job with a .
The no-hitter was the 23rd in Dodgers franchise history. That covers the franchise’s time in Brooklyn and in Los Angeles. However, it’s the first combined effort in franchise history.