MLB Weekly Digest August 26th Edition: Astros’ Pressly Has Surgery


The previous week in MLB was about a reliever who underwent surgery, a starting pitcher in the National League makes history, and a second baseman is out for the season.

Houston Astros Reliever Ryan Pressly Undergoes Knee Surgery, Out Four-to-Six Weeks

The Houston Astros will be without a crucial part of their bullpen during the final weeks of the regular season.

Ryan Pressly will be out four-to-six weeks after he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee a couple of days ago, per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle.

Pressly was placed on the injured list at the end of July with soreness in his right knee soreness but was activated during August.

The reliever experienced more soreness in a recent appearance, the team took an image of his knee and found a “small issue” that didn’t appear on prior MRIs, according to Rome.

The Astros expect Pressly to appear in a regular-season game before the playoffs begin.

He’s been a tremendous asset for their bullpen since they acquired him from the Minnesota Twins last year.

Pressly has a compiled a 2.50 ERA in 51 games (50 1/3 innings pitched) this year with 65 strikeouts, 11 walks issued, six home runs yielded, a 0.93 WHIP and a 2.84 FIP.

The club needs him healthy to have any chance of making a deep run in the postseason as he’s a critical member of their bullpen.

New York Mets Starting Pitcher Jacob deGrom Makes History

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom made history in his start Friday night against the Atlanta Braves.

He struck out 13 over seven innings and hit a game-tying home run.

This was the second time this season he recorded at least 13 strikeouts and hit a home run in the same game.

Since 1893, deGrom is the only pitcher with multiple games with 13 strikeouts as a pitcher and a home run as a batter, per ESPN Stats & Info.

He made even more history as he struck out eight consecutive batters in the start on Friday, the second time in his career he’s achieved that feat (occurred on September 15, 2014).

deGrom is the first MLB pitcher to strikeout eight-plus straight batters in a game twice in his career since Nolan Ryan did it in 1972 and 1973, per Stats By Stats.

The right-hander is having a great season anchoring the Mets’ rotation as indicated by his 2.56 ERA in 162 innings (26 starts) with a 160 ERA+, a 1.03 WHIP, a 2.68 FIP and leading the National League with 207 strikeouts.

Tampa Bay Rays Rookie Second Baseman Brandon Lowe Sidelined for Rest of 2019 Season

The Tampa Bay Rays will be without rookie second baseman Brandon Lowe for the rest of the 2019 season, manager Kevin Cash mentioned several days ago, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

Lowe has been injured since the beginning of July with a right shin bone bruise and suffered a strained quadriceps during a rehab assignment.

The second baseman was a having a productive rookie campaign as he compiled a .276 batting average and .862 OPS in 76 games with 17 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs, 49 RBIs and was selected as an American League All-Star.

The loss of Lowe is significant for the Rays as they’re battling for a spot in the MLB playoffs, they currently occupy the second Wild Card spot in the AL.

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