Last year it was difficult to pick a winner for Weakest Baseball Injury of the Season. It was basically a tie – Russell Branyan was hurt closing the curtains and later when he fell out of a plastic chair and Mat Latos went on the DL when he held back a sneeze. This year, Chris Davis of the Orioles appears to be the clubhouse leader. Davis, who was acquired from Texas last month, had some shoulder soreness, and then slept on his shoulder wrong, and now he’s headed to the DL.
Davis, who is 9-for-40 (.225) with a homer and three RBIs in 10 games for the Orioles, missed four games on the last homestand because of shoulder soreness that was aggravated when he slept on it wrong in Kansas City, Mo. An MRI revealed wear and tear on his labrum and rotator cuff. Davis wanted to play through it, but his condition is not getting any better.
In actual baseball, the Red Sox lost again, and the Yankees are up a full game in the AL East. That’s the best pennant race in baseball, except it isn’t really one, since both teams are postseason bound. And now that Justin Verlander is in beast mode, the AL East winner will probably have to see the best pitcher in the league twice in the first round. Verlander or Texas? Pick your poison.
The game to keep an eye on tonight – that’s if you’re not watching the U-20 World Cup semfinals – is Philadelphia vs. Arizona. The Diamondbacks are streaking, and surged to a 3.5 game lead over the Giants in the NL West. [Davis injury via Hot Clicks]