If Monday night became the catalyst to a billion Year of the Pitcher columns then perhaps Tuesday night should at least be labeled the Night of the Trainer.
The most well known injury in the league seems to lack one thing: an injury. Most reports have Strasburg undergoing every medical test known to man (and some) because he could not get loose during his pregame routine. The Nationals scratched Strasburg and replaced him with Miguel Batista who in turn bruised the Braves’ egos; pitching five innings of shutout ball with six strikeouts and a walk. As of now, there is no word on the long-term status of either Strasburg of the egos.
Like Strasburg, Street’s ailment did not occur during a game or even stretching. Instead, a batted ball nailed him in the nether region during batting practice. Loaded onto a stretcher and rushed to the hospital, the scene was surreal in its apparent seriousness. He’s being listed as day-to-day, but most fans would understand if he takes a day or two off.
The first of the night’s injuries to occur during the run of play; Upton sprained his ankle after the second batter of the night hit a single into center and he gave pursuit. It appeared Upton’s foot either was caught in the field turf or he simply landed the wrong way. Upton began hopping on one leg while scooping up the ball and tossing it, he then stayed on the ground for a few minutes before leaving the game. He too is day-to-day, with Joe Maddon suggesting he’ll miss two-to-three days.
A bad night for the Upton family. Justin left minutes after big brother with a hip injury. His injury isn’t too severe and he should beat B.J. back into the lineup.
After making grab in the seventh inning against the Diamondbacks, Victorino walked off the field with the trainer for what is being described as a strained oblique. The hope is that he’ll avoid a trip to the DL, yet with the way the Phillies luck has went, expect him to miss at least a few days, and maybe a few weeks.