Covering the bases
LEADING OFF: There was some potential bad news Friday as SS Cole Tucker came out of the game with a hand injury in the second inning. Tucker tried to steal third base in the first inning, slid head first and was thrown out. He hurt his hand on the slide. He stayed in the game on defense for the bottom of the first but did not come back out for the second. He went to a local hospital for X-rays.
SAFE AT FIRST: Manager Michael Ryan, after the game, on Tucker’s status. “Don’t know yet. Sliding into third, hurt his hand, we don’t know the extent yet. Waiting for him to come back.” Ryan said he thought it was Tucker’s left hand. “Probably won’t know anything until (today),” the manager said. “The slide didn’t look good. And he went out on defense, and he knew he hurt it. That’s why we removed him.”
STEALING SECOND: The good news on the injury front is that 2B Kevin Kramer will be back with the Curve today, although his playing status is unclear. He hasn’t played for Altoona since suffering a broken hand June 10. Kramer has been back rehabbing with the short-season West Virginia Black Bears, however.
ROUNDING THIRD: Under normal circumstances, Kramer would not be eligible to play for the Curve in this series because he was not on the roster beforehand. But he can be added to the roster and play if they advance to the EL Championship Series. However, if there’s an injury, he potentially could be added to the active roster for the current series. If Tucker is injured and cannot play, that seemingly would mean Kramer could take that roster spot and play against the Baysox.
HEADING HOME: Trenton leads Binghamton in the Eastern Division series, 2-1, and threw a no-hitter in Friday’s 2-0 win over the Rumble Ponies. Justus Sheffield pitched the first four innings and Taylor Widener the final five in the Thunder’s no-no.