Ma­jor League Base­ball notes

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BASEBALL/OUTDOORS -

Martinez hurts hand

CINCIN­NATI — J.D. Martinez hurt his left hand while strik­ing out Wednes­day night, forc­ing him out of his de­but with the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs.

The right fielder was hit on the side of the left hand while swing­ing at a two-strike pitch from Cincin­nati’s Tim Adle­man in the fourth in­ning.

Martinez’s hand was shak­ing as it was ex­am­ined. Since the ball hit only his hand dur­ing the swing, the at-bat ended in a strike­out.

Martinez left for a de­fen­sive re­place­ment in the bot­tom of the in­ning.

The Di­a­mond­backs sent three prospects to the Detroit Tigers for Martinez on Tues­day, hop­ing to add some power to the mid­dle of their lineup. He also struck out in his first at-bat, go­ing af­ter a pitch in the dirt.

CUBS Bryant sprains fin­ger

AT­LANTA — The Chicago Cubs be­lieve Kris Bryant won’t miss a pro­longed pe­riod af­ter he suf­fered a sprained left lit­tle fin­ger that forced him to leave the Cubs’ game against the At­lanta Braves on Wednes­day.

The Cubs say X-rays on Bryant were neg­a­tive. His sta­tus is day to day and he will be mon­i­tored.

“I think he’s do­ing fine,” said Man­ager Joe Mad­don. “I don’t have any fi­nal con­clu­sions, but I think we re­ally kind of dodged the bul­let right there.”

Bryant dou­bled to cen­ter field off R.A. Dickey in the first in­ning. With two outs, Bryant tried to ad­vance to third base on a pitch in the dirt. He slid head-first into third base but was thrown out by catcher Tyler Flow­ers.

Bryant re­mained face-down on the field for a few sec­onds be­fore ris­ing to his feet. He im­me­di­ately looked at his left hand.

Mad­don said he doesn’t think the in­jury is “any­thing de­bil­i­tat­ing.”

“From what I un­der­stand it kind of bent his fin­ger and might have got cut on the cleat a lit­tle bit,” he said.

Tommy La Stella re­placed Bryant at third base in the bot­tom of the in­ning.

Bryant, the 2016 NL MVP, is hit­ting .273 with 19 home runs and 40 RBI.

PADRES Cosart out rest of 2017

An­other in­jury-plagued sea­son has come to an end for Jarred Cosart. The San Diego Padres righthander un­der­went arthro­scopic el­bow surgery early this week and will be side­lined for the re­main­der of 2017, Man­ager Andy Green said. The cleanup pro­ce­dure is the sec­ond Cosart has had since the end of last sea­son.

Cosart, 27, is ex­pected to be ready for the start of 2018, though he could be a non-ten­der can­di­date this win­ter. He will be el­i­gi­ble for salary ar­bi­tra­tion, and his Padres ten­ure has been marred by in­con­sis­tency and mul­ti­ple stints on the dis­abled list.

Ac­quired from Mi­ami last July, Cosart posted a 6.03 ERA in nine starts be­fore go­ing down with el­bow in­flam­ma­tion in Septem­ber. On Oct. 19, he had a bone spur in the el­bow sur­gi­cally re­moved.

Cosart opened this sea­son in the bullpen, moved to the ro­ta­tion when Trevor Cahill went on the dis­abled list and re-en­coun­tered the in­jury bug him­self.

He ex­ited an April 18 start with a strained ham­string. Af­ter a month, he re­turned to make four more starts be­fore an el­bow strain landed him on the shelf.

RED SOX San­doval re­leased

The Bos­ton Red Sox have of­fi­cially re­leased Pablo San­doval be­cause the third base­man didn’t re­port af­ter be­ing des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment last week.

The team an­nounced the move Wednes­day.

It of­fi­cially ends the Bos­ton ten­ure for the once-cel­e­brated free agent, who never was healthy enough to live up to the ex­pec­ta­tions af­ter he signed a $95 mil­lion con­tract in 2014.

With the Red Sox un­able to find a team will­ing to take on part of his salary, the 2012 World Se­ries MVP with the San Fran­cisco Giants moves on af­ter a to­tal of 161 games, 575 at-bats, 136 hits and 14 home runs for Bos­ton — none in the post­sea­son.

WHITE SOX Mon­cada, Abreu re­united

CHICAGO — Yoan Mon­cada has a friend from his home­town to show him all about life in the big leagues in his new town.

The first les­son from new Chicago White Sox team­mate Jose Abreu, a fel­low prod­uct of Cien­fue­gos, Cuba, was on Chicago traf­fic.

Mon­cada, Chicago’s new sec­ond base­man, is base­ball’s top prospect, ac­cord­ing to Base­ball Amer­ica.

“I texted [Abreu] and I asked him in the morn­ing if he can pick me up at the air­port and he did it,” Mon­cada, 22, said through a trans­la­tor.

“I’ve known him since he was a kid,” Abreu said through a trans­la­tor, from his locker stall next to Mon­cada’s. “We were from the same town, and I knew him from that time when I was play­ing there. He’s just an out­stand­ing player. He’s got all the tools to be an All-Star.”

Mon­cada was ac­quired from the Bos­ton Red Sox for ace Chris Sale in the off­sea­son and hit .282 with 12 home runs, 36 RBI and 17 stolen bases at Class AAA Charlotte.

Bos­ton spent $63 mil­lion – in­clud­ing a record $31.5 mil­lion bonus — to sign Mon­cada in 2015 af­ter he left Cuba. Mon­cada played eight games last sea­son for the Red Sox, bat­ting .211 with four hits and an RBI in 19 at-bats.

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