It’s all fun and games until Elvis breaks an elbow. 91 comments


For the first time in his career, Elvis Andrus will go on the DL after being hit by a pitch that broke his elbow.

 

A bad season just got worse. Elvis Andrus breaks his elbow after being hit by a pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning of a worthless game.

And just like that the best hitter in a lineup desperate for offense is lost for a significant amount of time.

This is the part of baseball I absolutely hate. The immature part. The retaliation.

You hit one of my guys, I am going to hit one of your guys.

Of course, everyone is going to look with feigned surprise that someone would even suggest those kinds of things happen.

“The pitch just got away from me.”

“It wasn’t intentional.”

Right. And it cost the Rangers their most productive hitter.

When asked to speculate if the pitch thrown at Elvis Andrus was intentional, Rangers manager Jeff Banister put on his innocent face and replied, “It’s a fair question but I am not going to speculate on anything about that.”

Yep, best to sweep the whole thing under the rug so your indiscretions are hidden too.

You can’t just blame this on Mike Scioscia. Jeff Banister had a part in this as well.

Four batters were hit in this game.

When you have that many, it’s on purpose.

First rookie starter Jaime Barria hit Robinson Chirinos with a pitch. It was probably an accident. He was pretty wild and, this being his first major league start, was filled with adrenaline.

But, just in case, you have to retaliate. So, “coincidentally” Matt Bush hit the Angels catcher Rene Rivera with a pitch. The last time Matt Bush “accidentally” hit someone with a pitch was Jose Bautista, as retaliation for the Bat Flip. And that led to The Punch.

What led to the pitch that eventually sidelined Elvis Andrus happened in the seventh inning.

Attempting to break up a double play, Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons slid hard into Jurickson Profar at second, knocking him to the ground.

Well, how dare he?

That kind of action demands a reaction. Every baseball man knows that. And there are no more quintessential baseball men than the managers in both dugouts last night.

You cannot do that to my guy without expecting us to do something to your guy. It’s the Baseball Code.

The Rangers made sure the retaliation was aimed at the Angels’ best guy.

In the top of the ninth inning, Tony Barnett “accidentally” hit Mike Trout with a pitch.

In the mafia-want-to-be world of Major League Baseball, that needed to be paid back.

The payback happened in the bottom of the ninth when Angels closer Keynan Middleton hit Elvis Andrus in the arm with a fastball.

And just like that this Sesame-Street-level tit for tat ended up sending Elvis Andrus to the disabled list.

There are a lot of things to love about baseball. There are a lot of things to hate.

Grown men throwing tantrums and executing grudges with baseballs thrown at 90-plus miles an hour is certainly a dark part of the game.

And it’s always the same. The next day, everyone is shocked that the other team had the audacity to do that to our team. How dare they?

And the other team will be offended that anyone even suggested they do such a thing to besmirch their honor. How dare they?

And the next time they meet, the stupidity will resume.

That’s childish.

That’s baseball.

 

  • GoRangers23

    This is so awful! I hope Elvis is able to get over this with no lingering effects.

    • Gregor_S

      I sure hope so. If it was just a fracture he should heal pretty completely, though it will take awhile. But if it got him where the bones meet, which is to say where the elbow ligaments are, that could potentially affect his throwing. After all, that’s the joint that goes bad when pitchers need TJ. We should have a better idea after they do a catscan and whatever other studies they plan on today.

  • Gregor_S

    Certainly everything that happened in the game prior to the Elvis HBP, and all of baseball tradition as you point out, suggest that this was intentional. But if it was, then from looking at the replay I don’t think the pitcher executed it very well. The pitch was a foot or a foot and a half inside but Elvis didn’t try to back out of the way. I guess he’s become such an aggressive hitter that he actually looked as though he was about to swing. If he had raised his arm above the pitch it wouldn’t have hit him on the chest, let alone his head. So while the pitcher was probably throwing at him he didn’t do it with as much obvious malign intent as you often see. It was the result that was awful.

    I suppose we’ll now see Profar at SS, and he’s no Elvis. A team that was going nowhere will now become close to unwatchable. I was looking forward to DD’s return but with no Elvis in the #3 slot it makes less difference if DD gets on. It’s a lineup of Beltre (who has been struggling when hitting with runners on), Choo, and a bunch of young and unproven hitters. Maybe things will look brighter when the shock wears off but it’s hard to digest this news now.

  • von_todwin

    I’ve always found retaliation throws childish, but if you’re gonna do them, it’d be nice if your pitcher were at least competent enough to plunk them on the butt (which, of course, only reinforces the pointlessness of it all). HBP injuries are so frustrating. Up there with pitchers getting hit by comebackers and stupid off-field injuries.

  • von_todwin

    Elvis has never been on the disabled list?! Wow.

    • Gregor_S

      He’s much tougher than you’d expect from his appearance and demeanor.

  • Yudabest

    I’d be okay with both managers being fired.

    • GoRangers23

      It’s been a while since you stopped by hasn’t it? Unless I have just been missing you. I’m glad you’re back! Don’t be a stranger!

  • calntom

    Elvis has been a stalwart in the lineup for this team since day one.
    Looking deeper into this unfortunate injury to EA…. If there was ever a season when an injury to a veteran player really is not going to effect the ultimate outcome of the season, 2018 is the year. Perhaps 2019 may fit into that category as well.

    On the bright side of the incident, Profar’s biggest chance with the Rangers falls right into his lap. Barring injury to Profar, this looks like an extended opportunity for him to show what he has at the ML level. A chance to pizz or step away from the proverbial potty and the Rangers, once and for all.

    The darker side of the coin looks like there will not be a chance to trade EA before the deadline.

    • Yudabest

      Brighter side of the coin is that we may get to keep Elvis?

      • calntom

        If EA comes back strong, he may opt out of his contract after this year or next, depending upon the market for his services. That does not help the Rangers in 2020 or 2021. There is just not a lot of value there imo, with EA holding the best cards.

        • Yudabest

          Ah shucks, I didn’t know he had two opt outs.

        • elkaba

          Another dark side: this gives cover to JD and Banister, which is a shame. I want them both in the frying pan all year. Then straight into the fire. As in fired.

  • elkaba

    What a disaster. The one guy we can’t afford to lose is lost.

  • Rod Harper

    Do think the Rangers will eventually retaliate against the Angels for loss of Elvis in the next series in June? Do you think the slide on Profar by Simmons was dirty as well as the HBP on Elvis by Anaheim relief pitcher Middleton being malicious? I don’t know. The Angels had the series and the game won, so why rub salt on a wound? :/

    https://twitter.com/Evan_P_Grant/status/984287358853017600

    • elkaba

      I don’t know. It looked to me like Profar set his foot in front of the bag. That’s not a good place to make your stand with a guy sliding for the bag. The runner didn’t alter his trajectory at all or set a hook with his leg. He just started a slide and went in a straight line at the bag. That means there’s an obvious lane of real estate that the 2B should avoid standing in.

    • WhoKnowscs

      I bet the real fear is that the Rangers will retaliate, and it will be against Ohtani. Which would bring all the fears of pitchers hitting to the forefront.

    • dearmidol

      Of course they threw at Trout on purpose, because of the slide. That’s how guys like Banister play it. Banister wouldn’t address if Elvis’s HPB was payback for Trout because that would force him to admit Trout’s HBP was payback for the slide. Stupid stupidity.

      • Rod Harper

        I do admit Banister is the type of manager who will stand up for his players and is not afraid to retaliate at times or be a complete pushover unlike Washington. That might also be his flaw.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Don’t get the comparison as Wash was a players Mgr by far.

    • GoRangers23

      When I saw the hbp of Trout, I thought, man, I hope they don’t think that was on purpose and retaliate. ( I had forgotten all about the slide on Profar at the time.) I think it is possible that it was on purpose. I also think that the hit to Elvis was probably on purpose because we hit their best player, so they would want to hit our best player in turn, who is currently Elvis. It’s absolutely disgusting, but I suppose it is part of baseball as far as the players are concerned. I wish there were penalties for it. It is very childish. There is absolutely no reason to hurt a player so badly that they can’t play the game. If they are going to continue to allow it, it should never be allowed anywhere but the butt.

      Also, I thought at the time that Profar should have gotten out of the way, but if I remember correctly, the ball came to him late, so I’m not sure he had that choice. Having said that, the guy that was sliding could have tried to go to the other side instead of plowing into Profar, but he didn’t. That was his choice.
      I don’t remember where Profar was standing, but he should have had the top part of his foot on the base, and nothing else.

      I also wonder why Elvis didn’t jump back out of the way?

  • calntom

    Yesterday, after spreading 180 lbs. of ant/flea granules and 10 lbs. of Echobran grasshopper goodies over 1.5 acres while suffocating with a respirator on, I am destined to the outside world once again today. I hate this time of year…… Time to finish watering the goodies into the soil amongst other tasks. If I have to cover all the plants (~75) again this weekend due to a chance of frost, I may not be remotely close to sane by early next week.
    All the best to my fellow Rounders today. Have a great weekend, —- calntom

  • WhoKnowscs

    Who’s next, Beltre? We’ve had 4 series, and lost 4 people. Not one in each series, but at this rate. The Rangers will be the Round Rock Roster by Mid May.

    • elkaba

      We were already struggling to win a quarter of our games. This could be a race to the bottom now, as in the worst Texas Rangers record ever now.

    • GoRangers23

      Let’s not borrow trouble. No ones next! I’m putting my foot down and simply will not allow it!…..That’s good mom talk, right there.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Now the inevitable reshuffling of the lineup. Maybe losing all these players will force a regular lineup with only 1 change per game for days off.

  • GoRangers23

    NashvilleCat, are you out there somewhere??

  • FlappingGums

    Well, I’m just sick about Elvis being injured.

    • GoRangers23

      Me too Flap! I get sick to my stomach every time I see the video of the hbp.

    • TD30

      Me too😭😭😭

    • calntom

      Hang in there Flap

      • FlappingGums

        Thank you calntom

  • TD30

    Great article Kevin. Yesterday seemed to be a very immature and angry day across baseball. 2 benches clearing brawls and then this mess. Teams will lose players to suspension from the fights, and poor Elvis pays the price with missed time. Our team wasn’t good this year, but it just got worse, and a lot less fun to watch. 😭😭

    • JacobMcCandles

      Yep…..silver lining I guess Profarless gets SS and Elvis prob doesn’t opt out now

      • dearmidol

        Why would this keep him from opting out?

        • JacobMcCandles

          Wont be able to compile larger stats…teams might be skiddish. I also think it would be foolish for him to do it….most all the teams that have the money do not need a SS.

          • Rowdy Yates

            If he’s looking at the chaos that is the Texas Rangers organization he may just want out, particularly after his hero and buddy Beltre goes away at AS break.

          • JacobMcCandles

            That is a good point. If AB doesnt get some of his power back he may not bring much in return

  • GoRangers23

    To console me in our time of great sadness, Mr Go is bringing me back kolachys from West, on his way back from Austin. I’m pretty sure that not even a kolachy can make this better though.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Too notch….always stop there on the way to Waco or Killeen

    • dearmidol

      These are dark times indeed.

  • Gregor_S

    Some good news on the website: Elvis won’t need surgery. He’ll be out 6-8 weeks but I think most of us expected worse.

    Profar will be the main sub in his absence, and I suspect he won’t be a very good Elvis impersonator. But this is his chance; if he muffs it, his career with the Rangers and in the majors will be in doubt.

    By the time Elvis gets back, JD will have had a chance to audition most of his top prospects: Gallo last year when Beltre was out, Profar now, Drew Robinson in DD’s absence, and Rua (who in effect is postponing the call-up of Calhoun, although getting the Rangers an extra year of control may be a bigger factor there, and Willie has gotten off to a slow start in RR anyway). JD as we know likes to audition people and views injuries partly as an opportunity to do that. I suppose that’s his job, but it will be nice if the Rangers can just put their best team on the field without worrying about auditions. Of course, their best team now isn’t very good so maybe it doesn’t matter.

    • Rowdy Yates

      RR is off to an even worse start than the Rangers with a 1-6 start. They’ve been outscored 69-27 in those 7 games with the opposition averaging 10 runs a game. The Express has already lost by scores of 19-1, 11-6, and 17-4. The Texas Rangers Minor League system is not going to come to the rescue over the next couple yrs with Calhoun and maybe Guzman the only guys I think will be ready this year … or next.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Got to see Guzman play about a dozen times. He didn’t really jump out at me….athletic and more of a line drive hitter, Brinson was on the same team and he looked special….but has struggled in the majors,,,,,,never know I guess

    • WhoKnowscs

      Anytime Calhoun is described, the person I think of him being most like . . . is Mazara. And we know that while Mazara’s bat is pretty good, He also has a way about looking fast while being slow. And he occasionally takes bad routes in the outfield.

  • TD30

    https://twitter.com/StevensonFWST/status/984565782964330496?s=19
    You know how the Rangers always seem to make roster moves that make absolutely no sense? They are doing it again…
    Gallo to left, Rua to center, Kiner-Felefa to 2nd, Guzman called up to play 1st, and Profar to 2nd. 🤦‍♂️

    • JacobMcCandles

      I know it seems silly TD….but Gallo plays a decent LF and I would like to see Guzman play. This year is all about eval

      • TD30

        I just hate to see them keep jacking Joey around. He’s earned that spot at 1st and deserves to keep it and get even better there. He already had to move from his position at 3rd, and that makes sense, but 1st should he his, unless he does something to warrant a move.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Yeah, good point but Guzman is not as versatile

        • GoRangers23

          AGREE

          • FlappingGums

            Me too.

    • WhoKnowscs

      There’s going to be a mighty big hole where Elvis would be if there are 2 2b.

      • TD30

        Oops profar to ss

    • GoRangers23

      GOOD GRIEF!!

    • FlappingGums

      Odd.

  • JacobMcCandles

    For those interested….Darvish goes tomorrow at 120pm…..had a good start last time out, bad before….usual

    • FlappingGums

      Thanks!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Shortly after Odor pulled a hammy, I saw an article on the Rangers site that said he opted to not take paternity leave. Maybe he’s being told something.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Anyone not see the pic in a tweet I posted last night of the Rays-White Sox game?

  • FlappingGums

    Bozos are beating Yankees 6-0 in the bottom of the 4th. (@7:35)

    • FlappingGums

      Bozos should have been Bosox

      • GoRangers23

        I was about to say, why don’t you really tell us how you feel? Ha!

    • FlappingGums

      It’s now going into a rain delay.

  • CoMentor_Rounding3rd

    Are we on our way to a 2014 season, with less talent to begin with? Scary thought.

    • azrangerfan

      We could be on our way to one of the worst seasons in Rangers history. As I said below I would hope some of these guys take the ball and run with it.

      • CoMentor_Rounding3rd

        Yep. Problem is there aren’t too many guys with the talent to step in. The list is Rua, Robinson, Profar, Guzman, Calhoun, and that’s about it for bats.

        Yohander Mendez and a few relievers on the pitching side. The rest are journeyman types at AAA.

        • azrangerfan

          Couldn’t agree more but it’s baseball and you never really know. I don’t have the rose colored glasses on it’s just the best I can hope for.

          • CoMentor_Rounding3rd

            Yep. There are some guys who could jump straight from Frisco like Kiner-Falefa. And I do like Calhoun and Mendez.

          • azrangerfan

            Truthfully I think we all know this is not the year. We are not going anywhere. As soon as Beltre can be moved he should be. He needs to get hot and stay hot. Sooner or later someone is going to need a 3 rd baseman who is a leader to go thru the playoff run. For Beltres sake I hope it happens.

          • CoMentor_Rounding3rd

            Yup, hopefully he goes and wins a World Series and we get 2 solid prospects in return.

            Then, Gallo at 3rd and the tryout boys at 1st- Rua, Guzman, Robinson when DeShields returns.

          • azrangerfan

            That’s the perfect result.

  • azrangerfan

    The bottom line is there really isn’t much help in the minors. One of the best things that could happen during this year is for Profar to take the ball and proves he’s as good as he and everyone else thought he was. I for one hope he has matured to the point that he does take the ball and run with it. This team needs young blood. No doubt in my mind that Gallo can handle LF and I hope he does. I would love to see Guzman take 1st base and make it his. If any of that happens those are things that makes this team better in the future.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Except that next year Profar is a Free Agent.

      • azrangerfan

        And the sky is falling. If he proves he belong maybe they work something out. Totally out of our control as fans.

      • CoMentor_Rounding3rd

        No, he’s got arbitration for 2 more seasons.

        • azrangerfan

          Regardless if he does put it together he could be worth something by the trade deadline. Being honest right now he’s worth nothing.

          • CoMentor_Rounding3rd

            Yep. Moot point if he doesnt improve quite a bit. I’m still expecting he might be an okay player.

          • azrangerfan

            I do to and with regular playing time we should find out.

          • JacobMcCandles

            I have seen enough…glad he’s getting another shot….but most likely he’s a bust

        • WhoKnowscs

          Wonder why this shows him as a free agent then. http://www.spotrac.com/mlb/texas-rangers/yearly/payroll/

          • CoMentor_Rounding3rd

            Because he doesnt have a contract for 2019 yet, spotrac’s weird.

            Scroll down a little and it says UFA 2021.

          • CoMentor_Rounding3rd

            Guess you gotta click on him then scroll a little.

        • GoRangers23

          Hey Co! How have you been doing?

  • WhoKnowscs

    2 Weeks in and the Best Record in the Majors belongs to . . . you got it the New York . . .

    METS! Okay you probably didn’t get. But at 10-1 they have the best record. Not the Astros, the Nationals, The Yankees, The Dodgers, or The indians.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Starting pitching

      • WhoKnowscs

        Yep, just more a joke about who you would predict it being, and that probably wouldn’t be the Mets.

        • JacobMcCandles

          I liked the Mets didn’t see 10-1 though…lol

      • WhoKnowscs

        All 5 of their starters have below 4.00 ERAs. Even Harvey, who we(some of us at RR3rd) didn’t like the Idea of trading for
        because he’s too erratic and thought JD would get fleeced is doing okay(3.60 ERA) but he is only getting 5 innings a start though(sad when that’s better than about half of our starts so far)..