Eric Hosmer’s 2-run homer to center field pads San Diego’s lead over Miami in the 6th inning.

Braves: LHP Sean Newcomb (7-1, 1.52) has won seven of the last eight games he’s started. In his last outing against the Padres, he allowed no runs and just three hits in six innings.
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Dodgers: RHP Ross Stripling (4-1, 1.52) has been fantastic, especially over his last four starts all wins. During that stretch, he’s given up a combined two runs in 24 2/3 innings. He’s been the most stable starter in an injury-ravaged rotation.Richard takes no-hit try into 7th, Padres beat Marlins 3-1

Richard (5-6) took a shutout into the seventh, but Miguel Rojas grounded a clean single up the middle to spoil Richard’s no-hit try.

Bummer, Richards said. I wish I could have kicked it or done something to stop it. It was a decent pitch, he put a pretty good swing on it, and did enough to get through the infield. No regrets. I executed the pitch.

It would seem that even if Ohtani’s arm does not allow him to throw again this season, he could potentially remain involved Jake Fisher Jersey as a hitter. Of course, should he ultimately require surgery, remaining on the active roster as a hitter would delay the operation. With the average recovery time following Tommy John surgery hovering around 14 months for pitchers, a postseason surgery for Ohtani would translate to a potential resumption Jacques Plante Womens Jersey of pitching in 2020.

But consider this: Should it be determined at the end of a trial of conservative treatment that Ohtani requires surgery, the soonest he likely would be ready to return to pitching would be the start of the 2020 season. Hmm.

Notice that the 14-month timeline post-operatively refers to a return to pitching. But what about hitting? For the same reason Ohtani could potentially remain on the roster as a hitter before surgery, he could also return sooner to the roster as a hitter post-surgery. Position players return to their full pre-injury level of participation following Tommy John surgery more quickly than pitchers. Given that their positional demands place less stress on the elbow; they are specifically cleared even sooner to resume hitting, potentially as early as six months. Could Ohtani potentially contribute in one dimension while continuing to work his way back in another? At the very least it would present an interesting option for the Angels should he be a candidate for surgery.

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