MLB News & Moments You Should Know – June 26

Mark Appel gets the call-up but Bryce Harper goes down.

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Mark Appel’s call-up to the Phillies was later overshadowed by a brutal blow to the club’s reigning MVP Bryce Harper, who may have seen his season end last night after breaking his thumb on a pitch from Blake Snell. In the Bronx, Cristian Javier and the Astros made history by no-hitting the Yankees.

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A three-pitcher no-no for the Astros.

Gerrit Cole pitched well, but he allowed a solo home run to rookie J.J. Matijevic, and that would turn out to be all the Astros needed. Cristian Javier was nearly flawless as he allowed just one walk across seven innings while piling up 13 strikeouts on a career-high 115 pitches. Hector Neris pitched the eighth, and Ryan Pressly closed it out in the ninth. With Nestor Cortes on the mound today, the Yankees will try and salvage a series split. The Astros will counter with Jose Urquidy.


Shohei Ohtani.

Logan Gilbert has been phenomenal for the Mariners this year, but Shohei Ohtani got the best of him last night for his 16th of the year. It was the hardest-hit home run of his career at 118 MPH. And it was also the hardest-hit home run by an Angel since the Statcast era began in 2015.

And we’re waiting here in Allentown. 

An odyssey nine years in the making. Mark Appel was drafted by the Astros first overall in 2013. Four years later, he was designated for assignment. In 2018, he quit baseball. He was considered one of the biggest busts in baseball history. But he returned last year. And on Friday while in Allentown, Pennsylvania, he learned of his promotion to the big leagues.

Bryce Harper’s Injury. 

If you’re a Phillies fan, you may want to avert your eyes. Bryce Harper got plunked on a wild pitch from Snell and went down immediately in pain. He left the game after the play, but on his way to the dugout, he turned to Snell to acknowledge that he knew it wasn’t intentional.

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An assist from the mask.  

O’s catcher Robinson Chirinos needed a little help from his mask to corral an errant pitch from Spenser Watkins, and he did so just in time to throw out Gavin Sheets trying to steal second base.

Greener pastures.

Future star Riley Greene made an unbelievable grab on a line drive from Buddy Kennedy.

A bat flip in the Bronx. 

Rookie J.J. Matijevic crushed the second home run of his career against Gerrit Cole and followed it with an emphatic bat-flip.

Beau Dowling, we’re rooting for you. 

A beautiful moment at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago. Beau Dowling, a seven-year-old who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and recently underwent treatment, got to run the bases before the Orioles and White Sox game with all the players there on the field cheering him on. Trey Mancini, a cancer survivor, spoke to him too.



Awful news for the Phillies as Bryce Harper broke his left thumb on an errant 97 MPH fastball from Blake Snell. He left the game immediately, and the fracture was confirmed by initial tests. Phillies’ President of Baseball Operations, Dave Dombrowski, told reporters it was too early to tell if surgery will be required. Jean Segura broke his finger in late May and was given a timetable of 10-12 weeks after surgery. So this could certainly end his season.

Ronald Acuña Jr. left last night’s game early after fouling a ball off his foot. The club called it precautionary, but he’ll get checked out this morning.

Scans confirmed a torn ACL for Dodger reliever Daniel Hudson. He’s done for the year.

Jonathan India was plunked on the hand, but x-rays revealed no fracture. 

Jacob deGrom threw 20 pitches of live batting practice to minor leaguers at Port St. Lucie, and it went well.

Max Scherzer will not make his return to the Met rotation just quite yet. He’ll make another minor league rehab start, most likely on Tuesday.

Jeremy Pena should be returning to the Houston lineup today. He had been dealing with a left thumb injury.

Articles You Should Read


Armed with hope, Appel finds new path to MLB debut in pen – Kelsie Heneghan, MLB.com.

Yankees star Aaron Judge avoided arbitration. His next set of jurors? The 30 MLB owners. – Andy McCullough, The Athletic.


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Ryan Amore

A proprietor of the Ketel Marte Fan Club, Ryan Amore has been writing things at Pitcher List since 2019. He grew up watching the Yankees and fondly remembers Charlie Hayes catching the final out of the '96 WS. He appreciates walks but only of the base on ball variety.

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