Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. left Sunday’s game against the Red Sox with an apparent leg injury.
The injury occurred while Acuña was attempting to beat out a ground ball to shortstop in the top of the seventh inning. He extended his leg towards first base and landed awkwardly before falling. Acuña was credited with an infield single on the play.
In addition, Rasmus made an outstanding throw from right field to the plate, nailing Wilmer Difo on a tag-up play in the seventh inning with the score tied.
Orioles: RHP Chris Tillman (back) will next pitch for Class A Delmarva after allowing three runs in two innings for lower Class A Aberdeen on Wednesday night.
Nationals: RHP Brandon Kintzler (flexor strain) is close to coming off the DL. Martinez hopes the reliever can pitch an inning on a rehabilitation assignment before being is activated. … Martinez said RHP Jeremy Hellickson (right hamstring strain) will soon go on a rehab assignment and pitch five or six innings.
Orioles: Alex Cobb (2-9, 7.14 ERA) helps Baltimore open a three-game series on the road Friday night against the Braves, who lead the NL East.
Nationals: Tanner Roark (3-7, 3.87) takes the mound in the opener of a three-game set against the visiting Philadelphia Phillies, who entered play Thursday in a second-place tie with Washington.
If there are any real drawbacks to Mize as a prospect, they lie in his medical history and his relatively low ceiling.
Though he’s never had major surgery on his right arm, Mize was shut down last summer for what was described as arm fatigue, leading some scouts to question how well he would hold up over the course of a major league season.
There is also the issue of how much better an organization could expect Mize to get as a player after signing him. Unlike other pitchers in the draft, Mize has already filled out physically and likely would not add any velocity with further weight gain. The question for teams considering Mize in the top few picks of the draft is whether they feel that his current skill set is good enough to get batters out in the big leagues.
Relatively speaking, the concerns about Mize’s health and lack of further development are small compared to everything he brings to the table for whichever team drafts him. Because of his dominance in one of the most talented and competitive conferences in the country, Mize is a low-risk pick at the top of the draft, which is why it is likely the Detroit Tigers will take him first overall on June 4.