The Dodgers and Giants got into a bench-clearing altercation on Tuesday night in Los Angeles, after a Yasiel Puig bat slap angered Giants catcher Nick Hundley.
During the fracas, San Francisco starting pitcher Dereck Rodriguez reportedly suffered a hamstring injury and is going on the disabled list.
Giants say Dereck Rodriguez injured his hamstring during Tuesday’s on-field altercation.
— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) August 17, 2018
Rodriguez hurt the hamstring during the altercation Tuesday. #sfgiants
— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) August 17, 2018
Rodriguez, 26, has been having a tremendous rookie season for the Giants. The right-hander — and son of Hall of Fame catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez — has a 2.25 ERA and has been worth 2.6 WAR in 80 innings.
Dereck Rodriguez has pitched 6+ innings and given up 2 runs or less in his last 8 starts. Yesterday, @DereckrodRF3 tossed another quality start. [powered by @Biofreeze] https://t.co/3oTExNxv2R#SFGiants pic.twitter.com/0WfGc5d6Fs
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) August 13, 2018
The 61-61 Giants already had slim playoff hopes (5% chances according to Five Thirty Eight, 2.8% chances according to FanGraphs), and losing Rodriguez for at least two turns through the rotation certainly isn’t going to help things.