Gators in Pro Baseball: O’Day to have surgery, out for season

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Darren O'Day, right, walks to the dugout after injuring himself as he fielded a bunt by Seattle Mariners Jean Segura in the eighth inning of baseball game, Tuesday, in Baltimore. The Mariners won 3-2. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

By Kyle Bennett
and Aaron Brand,

It was a rough week for Orioles relief pitcher Darren O’Day, who quickly saw his week slip from bad to worse. It started on Monday when O’Day got in umpire Stu Scheurwater’s face to argue a balking call that erased a crucial out for Baltimore. O’Day’s action resulted in his first ever ejection from an MLB game, but it must’ve felt like deja vu. Last year, the same umpire called O’Day for the only other balking incident of the veteran’s 11-year MLB career in a game against the Yankees. Orioles manager Buck Showalter was ejected in both games.

“He’s just overumpiring,” Showalter said. “Inventing an argument. Doesn’t have to be. Same thing happened in New York.”

The next day, O’Day was saddled with his second loss of the season as the Mariners rallied on his watch to beat the Orioles 3-2. To top off O’Day’s nightmarish week, he injured himself (hamstring) in the the loss while attempting to field a bunt. He was initially placed on the 10-day DL, then the 60-day DL, then it came out that he would be undergoing surgery and that his season was finished. The submariner made 20 appearances this year for Baltimore and has totaled 577 appearances in his MLB career for four different clubs.

MLB Players

Harrison Bader (OF) — St. Louis Cardinals

Bader broke out of a 1-for-15 slump this week with back-to-back multi-hit games for the Cardinals, driving in a run in each contest. That snapped him out of an RBI-less June and the outfielder also stole his first base this month, making seven on the year and has only been caught stealing on two instances. The St. Louis fan favorite is continuing to draw most of the starts in right field and all of his batting numbers are improvements over his averages from his debut season last year.

Anthony DeSclafani (RHP) — Cincinnati Reds

DeSclafani started Thursday’s game against the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers and threw 6 ⅓ innings. Disco allowed four runs on five hits and one walk with six strikeouts. Although four runs is not a quality start, a two-run home run was the only extra-base hit the right-hander allowed in an otherwise solid outing. Since making his season debut June 5, DeSclafani has a 4.45 ERA.

Nolan Fontana (SS) — Salt Lake Bees (Los Angeles Angels Triple-A)

Fontana went 4-for-11 with the Salt Lake Bees this week with three doubles and was called up for the Angels on Wednesday but did not play. He was sent back to Salt Lake the very next day, making it the third occasion which Fontana has been called up this season.

Brian Johnson (LHP) — Boston

Johnson made his second start of the year Thursday in place of regular starter Steven Wright, who was ruled out (knee) this week. Johnson pitched well against the Angels, allowing just one run on three hits with a walk and two Ks. Johnson was lifted by manager Alex Cora out after just four innings, so the lefty was unable to earn a decision in the team’s 4-2 win over Los Angeles. It was announced yesterday that Johnson will get another opportunity to start on Tuesday as the Red Sox face the Washington Nationals on the road.

Preston Tucker (LF) — Atlanta Braves

Since being demoted to Triple-A, Tucker has had a rough go of it. The outfielder is hitting .083 with just two hits, both doubles, in 24 at bats.  

Mike Zunino (C) — Seattle Mariners

Zunino played in five games this week, going 2-for-17, with his lone highlight a long home run off Royals starter Ian Kennedy. The 454-foot bomb was recorded to have come off Zunino’s bat at 116 mph, making it the hardest hit home run this season for the Mariners. Zunino has not had a great June, he’s hitting just .167 and has struck out 34 times in 72 at-bats.

MiLB Players

Peter Alonso (1B) — Las Vegas 51s (New York Mets Triple-A)

Alonso had a slow week, collecting just two hits in 18 at bats. The .111 performance this week lowered his batting average at Triple-A to a .229 mark after ending last week at .300.

Shaun Anderson (RHP) — Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants Double-A)

Anderson was on the wrong end of a decision when he came out and pitched 5 ⅔ innings on Monday. The Coral Springs native allowed four runs on eight hits with four Ks. Anderson fared better in his second start, but not much better. He made his longest start of the year as he gave up three runs on six hits with five Ks through seven innings.

Kevin Chapman (LHP) — Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers Triple-A)

Chapman blew his only save opportunity of the week as he gave up a solo home run in a one-run ball game last Sunday. He pitched better in his next appearance when he didn’t allow a run but faltered again on Friday when he gave up a two-run home run. After posting a 0.00 ERA through his first seven games this year, Chapman’s ERA has exploded to 3.45.

Jonathon Crawford (RHP) — Daytona Tortugas (Cincinnati Reds Class A Advanced)

Crawford remains on the disabled list and hasn’t been active all season. He was taken 12 spots ahead of Aaron Judge in the 2013 MLB Draft.

Matt den Dekker (LF) — Las Vegas 51s (New York Mets Triple-A)

The outfielder returned from the disabled list Thursday and has gone 2-for-9 in two games since. One of the hits was a solo home run, his ninth of the season. Den Dekker is hitting .282 with 20 extra-base hits in 55 games.  

Dane Dunning (RHP) — Birmingham Barons (Chicago White Sox Double-A)

Dunning was pulled last week after injuring his elbow during a start. It came out came out on Wednesday that the elbow won’t require surgery which is great news for the starter who has gone 6-3 this year and was moved up to Double-A in April. Dunning has posted a 2.71 ERA and 1.19 WHIP with 100 strikeouts and 26 walks in 86 1/3 innings this year. No other White Sox minor leaguers have struck out more batters in 2018 than Dunning.

Alex Faedo (RHP) — Erie SeaWolves (Detroit Tigers Double-A)

Faedo made his second start at the Double-A level Saturday and threw 62 of his 90 pitches for strikes en route to a five-inning gem. The right-hander allowed two hits and two walks to go along with four strikeouts without allowing a run. Faedo now sports a 1.64 ERA over 11 innings with the SeaWolves.

Daniel Gibson (LHP) — Jackson Generals (Arizona Diamondbacks Double-A)

Gibson allowed no runs in three innings across two appearances this week with two Ks, lowering his ERA to 1.38 on the year.

Taylor Gushue (C) — Harrisburg Senators (Washington Nationals Double-A)

Gushue totaled six RBIs this week, including a four-RBI game last Sunday. Gushue also hit his seventh home run of the season on Saturday.

Dalton Guthrie (SS) — Lakewood BlueClaws (Philadelphia Phillies Class A)

Guthrie is currently on a rehab assignment in rookie ball where he’s started two games. He went 0-for-3 in his first outing, then went 1-for-3 with a double in his second start.

Eric Hanhold (RHP) — Las Vegas 51s — (New York Mets Triple-A)

Hanhold remains on the 7-day DL and hasn’t played since June 17.

Mark Kolozsvary (C) — Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati Reds Class A)

Kolozsvary went 2-for-10 this week with both hits going for extra bases. The catcher also stole a base, his first since May 14. Kolo is now hitting .211 with one home run and 12 doubles.

Taylor Lewis (RHP) — Free agent

Austin Maddox (RHP) — Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox Triple-A)

Maddox began throwing again on Thursday by reportedly playing catch. He will need more time before he is ready to tackle a rehab assignment, but throwing at all is a step in the right direction for Maddox who suffered a setback in early June.

Johnny Magliozzi (RHP) — Free agent

Richie Martin (SS) — Midland RockHounds (Oakland A’s Double-A)

Martin went 3-for-7 to raise his average to .318. Martin’s 71 hits are fourth best among Texas League shortstops and his .388 OBP is best at the position and ninth in the league overall.

Scott Moss (LHP) — Daytona Tortugas (Cincinnati Reds Class A Advanced)

Moss (8-2) earned a win last Sunday as he gave up just one earned run on seven hits with two Ks, a nearly identical line to his previous start except his didn’t give up any walks this time.

Bobby Poyner (LHP) — Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox Triple-A)

Poyner followed up two solid appearances for Pawtucket this week with a rocky one. After giving up just one hit in two relief appearances early in the week, Poyner allowed two earned runs on five hits through two innings on Saturday, giving up one home runs and striking out three in the process.

A.J. Puk (LHP) — Stockton Ports (Oakland Athletics Class-A Advanced)

Puk underwent Tommy John surgery and is out for the rest of the season.

Ryan Raburn (OF) — Free agent

Buddy Reed (LF) — Lake Elsinore Storm (San Diego Padres Class A Advanced)

Reed went 4-for-15 this week to lower his average a whopping six points to .325. The outfielder hit his 11th home run, tied for sixth-best in the California League. Meanwhile, Reed leads the league in hits (93) and steals (33) and is second in average and total bases (163).

Mike Rivera (C) — Lake County Captains (Cleveland Indians Class A)

Rivera remains on the DL, where he’s been since June 12.

Paco Rodriguez (LHP) — Chattanooga Lookouts (Minnesota Twins Double-A)

Rodriguez pitched ⅓ of an inning Tuesday in his only appearance this week. The one out he got was enough to give him his second win of the year. The lefty now has a 4.15 ERA at Double-A this season.

Frank Rubio (RHP) — San Jose Giants (San Francisco Giants Class A Advanced)

Rubio made two appearances this week and kept his scoreless streak with San Jose alive at four innings. The right-hander notched his second save at Class-A Advanced with a perfect inning Monday and then allowed a hit in a scoreless frame Thursday. Across three levels, Rubio has a 1.47 ERA and 12 saves in 13 chances this season.

Justin Shafer (RHP) — Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays Triple-A)

Shafer allowed one earned run with five walks and three Ks in 3 ⅔ innings across three appearances this week. He earned a save on Tuesday, and he blew a save on Friday.

Logan Shore (RHP) — Midland RockHounds (Oakland A’s Double-A)

Shore allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk while striking out four in four innings Saturday. The right-hander lowered his ERA to 5.31, but suffered his fifth straight loss. Shore hasn’t earned a win since May 30.

Kirby Snead (LHP) — New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays Double-A)

Snead made two appearances this week, allowing one earned run in 2 ⅓ innings. The lefty now has a 4.38 ERA at Double-A.

Tim Tebow (LF) — Binghamton Rumble Ponies (New York Mets Double-A)

After turning down coach Steve Spurrier to join him in Orlando as part of a team in the new Alliance of American Football league earlier this week, Tebow earned a spot in the Eastern Division All-Star game Friday. Tebow went 8-for-27 with a double and six RBIs this week and got a hit in all but one game for the Rumble Ponies in that stretch. Tebow’s numbers (.257/.329/.390) are the highest they’ve been since mid-May and told Spurrier he’s just going to keep swinging the bat and see what happens instead of joining him in Orlando.

Josh Tobias (2B) — Portland Sea Dogs (Boston Red Sox Double-A)

Tobias remains on the DL and hasn’t played since May 29.

Casey Turgeon (3B) — Free agent

Danny Young (LHP) — New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays Double-A)

Young allowed five earned runs on six hits in two innings across two appearances this week for the Fisher Cats with only one strikeout.