Mark Townsend

  • Adam Wainwright placed on DL with Achilles injury, could miss season

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 29 mins ago

    It didn't looked good the moment Adam Wainwright hobbled out of the batter's box on Saturday in Miller Park with an apparent ankle or Achilles injury, and the news is no less encouraging on Sunday morning. 

    The Cardinals officially placed their long time ace on the disabled list Sunday morning. After labeling it only an ankle injury on Saturday, the team is now acknowledging the possibility of an Achilles injury, which likely has some hearts skipping a few beats in the clubhouse and back in St. Louis. 

    The team announced Wainwright will undergo an MRI on Monday in St. Louis. 

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    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the early expectation is Wainwright suffered a torn Achilles, which would end his season immediately and put the Cardinals in an up hill battle to win another division championship or appear in a fourth straight NLCS. 

    Wainwright's comments after the game only seem to add to that expectation. 

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  • Adrian Beltre sent Garrett Richards an invoice for breaking three of his bats

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 9 hrs ago

    Until Saturday, we didn't think there was anything Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre hated just as much or more than another human being touching his head. However, it would appear there's at least one other violation that falls into that category: Breaking his bat.

    During Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels, Beltre actually broke three bats during his encounters with Garrett Richards, who was making just his second major league start since last season's gruesome knee injury.

    The two veterans faced off three times, with Richards winning each battle decisively. Two came on routine ground outs, the third on a weak pop-up, and each came with a shattered piece of lumber. 

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    Beltre said it was the first time he had ever broken three bats in a game.

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  • Dodgers outslug Padres, lose Brandon McCarthy to injury

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 11 hrs ago

    Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats.

    Saturday night was bittersweet for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    The good news: Their bats were alive at one of baseball's most pitcher-friendly ballparks, Petco Park. In total, the Dodgers muscled up for four home runs in their 11-8 victory, including Adrian Gonzalez's NL-leading seventh. Gonzalez's three-run shot broke a 3-3 tie in the second inning, and the Dodgers never looked back from there.

    Andre Ethier got the scoring started with a two-run shot in the first. That was his second homer of the season. Howie Kendrick and Juan Uribe added insurance two-run homers in the fifth, which proved to be important in the outcome. 

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    The Rays received four hits from Evan Longoria in the victory.

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  • Adam Wainwright leaves game with left ankle injury suffered while batting

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 15 hrs ago

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    St. Louis Cardinals fans everywhere are holding their breath Saturday night after ace Adam Wainwright was helped off the field at Miller Park with a lower leg injury.

    Wainwright suffered the injury while batting in the fifth inning. As Wainwright skied a popup on the infield, his left ankle twisted in the box. He then planted his left leg to run, but came up immediately hobbled.

    Upon first look, it was difficult to tell which leg Wainwright was favoring or what the injury might be. Obviously, there's always concern about the knee or the Achilles tendon on such plays. The replay points directly to the ankle, and as of right now that's how the Cardinals are labeling it. 

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    Wainwright suffered a left ankle injury and will be re-evaluated upon the team's return to St. Louis #STLCards

    Harris strikes Lind out with his first three ML pitches.

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  • Freddie Gray protestors flood Camden Street, attempt to disrupt Orioles game

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 16 hrs ago

    On Saturday, protestors started gathering in the streets of Baltimore to express their anger over the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African-American man who suffered a spinal injury that allegedly occurred while he was being arrested by Baltimore police.

    According to reports early in the day, the protests were mostly peaceful. However, as the day has gone along, the protests have become most destructive, with numerous reports of protestors throwing objects at police dressed in riot gear, and breaking out windows in police cars and buildings around Camden and Howard Street, which is right outside Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the home of the Baltimore Orioles.

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    There was some brief talk on social media about whether or not the game should go on as scheduled on Saturday. It would appear the Orioles, Boston Red Sox and Major League Baseball never seriously entertained that thought as the game began on time. 

    Here's a look at the chaotic scene, courtesy of Encina and others. 

  • Adrian Gonzalez challenges radio host who called him slow to footrace

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 18 hrs ago

    Folks, we need to make something perfectly clear here. There's a reason major league players are what they are, major leaguers. And there's a reason the rest of us are left to talk and write about their accomplishments. 

    They're the best in the world at what they do, and although we may think we have an advantage or two in some athletic capacity — in some cases, it's possible we do — it's best to just leave well enough alone. Don't poke the angry bears, as they say. And certainly don't question their abilities or challenge them to anything competitive, because you're going to get their best and probably feel bad about it later.

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    That moment finally came this week.

    Gonzalez's response? An open challenge to a footrace, which took place before Friday's game at Petco Park in San Diego.

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  • Josh Hamilton as a Ranger: The highs, lows and memorable moments

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 20 hrs ago

    The phrase "never say never" has never been more appropriate.

    A little more than two years after leaving the Texas Rangers in free agency, troubled outfielder Josh Hamilton is reportedly headed back to Texas via a stunning trade, which follows his much publicized relapse and falling out with the Los Angeles Angels.  It will reunite Hamilton with a team with which he shared many ups and downs.

    The deal has been agreed to, according to multiple reports and could become official in a matter of hours or days. According to Evan P. Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers will take on less than $7 million of the $93 million remaining on Hamilton's contract. 

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    A few weeks later, he signed with the Angels. 

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  • Nolan Arenado saves Rockies again with two defensive gems

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 21 hrs ago

    If the Gold Glove at third base in the National League is Nolan Arenado's to lose, all the other candidates might as well change positions or find a new goal for the year. Arenado has done nothing but add highlight reel plays to his already impressive resume, and the work he's currently doing could easily cement him as the man to beat for years to come.

    For example, take Friday night's defensive exhibition in Colorado's 6-4 win against the San Francisco Giants. At two key points in the game, Arenado stepped up to make exceptional defensive plays. The first saved Colorado at least one run, while getting them two outs. The second killed a rally before it could even get started, which helped Colorado hold on.

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    He quickly got to his feet and without hesitation ran three steps to third for the first out. That, also, was quite impressive.

    Simply amazing athleticism coupled with razor sharp awareness.

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  • Six players suspended following Royals-White Sox brawl

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 23 hrs ago

    Major League Baseball worked overtime this weekend to hand down discipline following the wild brawl involving the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox on Thursday. 

    In a press release issued Saturday morning, the league announced six players have been suspended for their role in the brawl. Kansas City Royals starter Yordano Ventura, who has been involved in multiple incidents already this season, got hit the hardest. He received a seven-game suspension for his role in escalating tensions after getting into a heated exchange with Chicago's Adam Eaton.

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    It's reported that Sale attempted to get into the Royals clubhouse after his ejection, while the game was still on-going. Sale refused to confirm or deny those reports on Friday. 

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  • Orioles considered boycotting game due to Rogers Centre turf issues

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Before the on field hostilities kicked in between the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday night at Rogers Centre, it's reported the Orioles were already displeased by the ballpark's new artificial turf, which early in the season has played very soft and thick. That's led to several unusual hops and baseballs slowing down much quicker than on normal grass or typical turf surface. 

    In fact, according to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles may have been one step out the door, at one point even considering boycotting or flat out forfeiting Tuesday's game after infielder Jimmy Paredes was shaken up after taking a bad hop ground ball to the face.

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    Paredes was fine, but there were concerns about another bad hop, or worse yet, the turf potentially giving way leading to a season-changing knee or ankle injury.

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