This news comes as a major relief after Alonso was hit flush on the wrist and removed from Tuesday's game against the Marlins -- his first since being sidelined with a sore knee over the weekend. While X-rays were negative, he is still dealing with a contusion, so there's still the possibility of Alonso sitting out Wednesday with an off-day looming before the A's weekend set with the Yankees. Look for a further update on Alonso's status during the day Wednesday, but if he's unavailable for the series finale, Ryon Healy would likely fill in at first base.
He and Pederson collided at full-speed in right center field, and though Pederson bore the brunt of the impact, Puig still caught an elbow on his ribcage. Puig was due up fourth in the bottom of the 10th inning and did get into the on deck circle before the inning ended, and he went back out to his spot in right field for the top of the 11th. However, Puig still appeared to be favoring his side while in the on deck circle. It'll be worth monitoring whether Puig is able to take his next at-bat as the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the 11th inning.
There was a scary moment in extra innings Tuesday when Pederson bore the brunt of a full-speed collision between him and Puig and went head-first into the outfield wall. Pederson also appeared to take an elbow to the side of the head in the collision and he was bleeding from his forehead as he left the field. Chris Taylor came on to pinch-hit for Pederson, and it's unclear whether Pederson will be in Wednesday's lineup. The Dodgers will have more information on Pederson's injury late Tuesday or early Wednesday.
This is a tough turn of events as Alonso was making his return from a four-game absence and had clubbed his 13th home run earlier in the contest. He was hit by a Jarlin Garcia offering and briefly stayed in the game to run for himself, but was replaced by Mark Canha at first base for the top of the seventh inning. There's no word yet on the extent of Alonso's injury, but this will be something to monitor throughout the day Wednesday. Ryon Healy would likely fill in at first base if Alonso has to miss additional time beyond Tuesday.
Malkin was all over the ice in this one, launching a game-high seven shots, including the lone Pittsburgh shot in 46 tries to beat Anderson. Unfortunately for him and the Penguins, Malkin's tally 4:51 into the second ended up being for naught when Bobby Ryan and Mike Hoffman both answered with goals of their own for the Senators. The Russian sniper should be a major force in Game 7 after racking up seven goals and 24 points through 18 playoff games.
Although he's likely still out for another month, Hamels starting to throw again is a positive sign of his progress. According to Fletcher, pitching coach Doug Brocail was impressed with the zip Hamels was getting on his tosses Tuesday. The next step of Hamels' rehab process will likely be decided after the club sees how his oblique responds to the increased activity in the coming days.
Murray's performance was good enough to win on most nights given Pittsburgh's offensive success, but Craig Anderson was able to beat him with a tremendous 45-save effort. The 22-year-old netminder has allowed five goals in just under four games since replacing Marc-Andre Fleury in the first period of Game 3, and is favored to get the nod in Game 7 despite Fleury's shutout performance in the decider against Washington.
Things looked like they were getting away from Ottawa when Evgeni Malkin opened the scoring early in the second, but Ryan did well to provide the answer less than 10 minutes later. Three of Ryan's six goals this postseason have come on the power play, surpassing the two extra-man tallies he managed in 62 regular-season games. His six points through six games this series suggest the veteran winger should be a major factor in Game 7.
Hoffman rocketed one from the top of the circle past the outstretched glove of Matt Murray to break a 1-1 tie 1:34 into the third period, then let goalie Craig Anderson and the Ottawa defense do the rest. The skilled winger also brought a physical element, leading the Senators with five hits as they staved off elimination. Four of his 11 points this postseason have come in the past four games.
Bruce had reportedly been dealing with a stiff back throughout the day Tuesday before exiting the contest in the sixth inning. Curtis Granderson slid over to right field and Juan Lagares took over in center when Bruce was removed. If Bruce is unable to play Wednesday, the Mets would likely use that same outfield pairing in addition to starting Michael Conforto in left.
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