MLB Weekly Digest August 27th Edition

MLB Weekly Digest August 27th Edition

The last week in MLB was about a closer being sidelined for several weeks, a catcher who will undergo season-ending surgery and an outfielder in the National League was placed on the disabled list.

San Francisco Giants Catcher Buster Posey to Undergo Season-Ending Hip Surgery

The San Francisco Giants announced a couple of days ago that catcher Buster Posey would undergo season-ending surgery on his hip tomorrow.

The operation has a recovery timetable of six to eight months. Posey expects to be ready for Opening Day next season, per Chris Haft of MLB.com.

It’s been a tough year for the Giants as they’ve struggled to remain in contention in the National League West. They’re fourth in the division with a 64-67 record.

Posey is one of the best all-around catchers in MLB as he plays terrific defense behind the plate and is a solid hitter.

He has compiled a .284 batting average and .741 OPS in 105 games with 22 doubles, five home runs, 47 runs scored and 41 RBIs.

Posey has committed just two errors while accumulating a .997 fielding percentage. The Giants will miss Posey in the lineup and the added value he provides as the club’s everyday catcher.

Hopefully, the recovery process goes smoothly for Posey as the Giants will need him healthy in 2019 to have a chance of competing for a division title next year.

New York Yankees Place Closer Aroldis Chapman on Disabled List with Knee Injury

The New York Yankees will be without a key piece in their bullpen for a couple of weeks. The club placed closer Aroldis Chapman on the 10-day disabled list with left knee tendinitis.

He did receive a platelet-rich plasma injection in his left knee a couple of days ago and will be re-evaluated in two weeks, said Yankees manager Aaron Boone, per Coley Harvey of ESPN.

Chapman has been dealing with knee problems for much of the season. However, it hasn’t impacted his performance on the diamond.

The southpaw closer has posted a 2.11 ERA across 47 innings (50 games) with 84 strikeouts, 31 saves, one home run yielded, 27 walks issued, a 1.90 FIP and a 1.04 WHIP.

The loss of someone like Chapman would be monumental for most teams, but the Yankees are different. They have three relievers in Zach Britton, David Robertson and Dellin Betances who each have experience closing games.

The absence of Chapman is not ideal for the Yankees, but they have other relievers who can fill in while he’s on the disabled list.

The important aspect is to get Chapman healthy as they will need him when the postseason begins.

St. Louis Cardinals Place Outfielder Marcell Ozuna on DL with Shoulder Injury

The St. Louis Cardinals will be without one of the better hitters in their lineup going forward. The team placed outfielder Marcell Ozuna on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

Ozuna is having a solid campaign for the Cardinals, as indicated by his .275 average and .728 OPS in 123 games with 13 doubles, 16 homers and 69 RBIs.

The Cardinals acquired Ozuna during the offseason from the Miami Marlins to bolster their lineup.

Ozuna has been a potent bat for the Cardinals in 2018, and it’s no surprise, he’s been a catalyst for the club’s surge in August.

The outfielder has a .321 batting average with three home runs, and 11 RBIs in 20 games this month.

The Cardinals are hopeful this isn’t a long stint on the DL as they will Ozuna back for the final weeks of the season.

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