It's been a weird stretch for the White Sox:
- Friday: Game suspended in the ninth inning.
- Saturday: Game rained out.
- Sunday: Won two games.
Monday: Game postponed due to unrest.
- Tuesday: Game postponed.
And the Sox are hoping the strangeness will reach its climax today, when they will play the Orioles in front of zero paying customers at a locked-down Camden Yards. It has the makings of a strange scene, although it's possible it could look something like your standard post-rain-delay Weird Baseball at 2 a.m. -- just 12 hours earlier, in nice weather, and because of an awful development.
By not doing anything, the Sox have at least spared themselves from bad news over the last few days.
I say "probably" because doctors left the door open, and athletes always do what they can to rush back:
Wainwright doesn't expect to pitch again in 2015, but by leaving the door open ever so slightly, physicians may have fueled the Cardinals pitcher.
"The doctors keep saying 'almost.' There's almost no chance I could do it this year," Wainwright said. "With Tommy John surgery (in 2011) I used that as a challenge to get ready because I knew there was a certain amount you could push it within the boundaries of not going too far.
He had his usual response to the news:
to be fair, 31 years of use is a lot to ask for from a ligament— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) April 27, 2015
At least he'll have more time to tweet.
Masahiro Tanaka's quest to avoid his own Tommy John surgery had been going surprisingly well, at least until it hit an unsurprising bump in the road. An MRI showed no change to his partially torn ligament, which might be good news, or possibly self-defeating if surgery would actually solve it.
A month after a supposed triceps cramp knocked him out of a game, Justin Verlander still hasn't been able to get into a regular throwing program. The Tigers finally succumbed to giving him an MRI last week, which showed a strained right triceps with a lot of fluid buildup. He had a second one this week, and it's showing healing, but it's hard to get a handle on the situation, considering the Tigers said he probably wouldn't miss a start after the initial injury.
The Diamondbacks' Archie Bradley took a 115-mph line drive to the face in the second inning of his start against the Rockies on Tuesday. He left the game, but aside from some rather grotesque swelling, the initial reports were positive (no concussion, no broken bones).
Well, it's bad on the Atlanta Braves' side. They led the Nationals 9-1 after two innings on Tuesday, and ended up losing 13-12 on a three-run homer in the ninth inning ... by Dan Uggla. The same Uggla who hit .175 over his last 184 games with the Braves, before Atlanta cut him with $19 million remaining on his contract last July. In fact, the Braves are paying Uggla $13 million this season, and that's how he returns the favor (not to mention he hit a two-run triple the at-bat before).
The Indians dropped to 6-13 after giving up a six-run seventh in a loss to the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday. It was especially painful for Trevor Bauer, who witnessed the bullpen collapse behind him after pitching at "30 percent" due to the aftereffects of food poisoning.
Trevor Bauer is not happy with the way this Indians season is going: pic.twitter.com/JrZu6MsP7x— August Fagerstrom (@AugustF_MLB) April 29, 2015