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.
Ryan Pressly is having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee tomorrow morning, Jeff Luhnow said. He is expected to return in 4-6 weeks.
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) August 22, 2019
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.
Jeff Luhnow said Ryan Pressly felt more discomfort after his most recent outing. The team imaged his knee and found a "small issue" that was not present on earlier ones.
Luhnow said he does think there is a chance Pressly pitches in a regular-season game before the postseason.
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) August 22, 2019
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.
Jacob deGrom is the only pitcher with multiple games with 13+ K's as a pitcher and a HR as a batter since 1893 (the year the current mound distance was established). h/t @EliasSports pic.twitter.com/IMD72YUfLu
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 24, 2019
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.
Jacob deGrom of the @Mets struck out 8 straight batters tonight, the 2nd time in his career he has done that in a game (also on 9/15/2014).
He's the 1st MLB pitcher to strike out 8+ straight batters in a game twice in his career since Nolan Ryan did so in 1972 and 1973.#LGM
— OptaSTATS (@OptaSTATS) August 24, 2019
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.
BREAKING: #Rays Brandon Lowe is done for the season, Cash said
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) August 22, 2019
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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