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Frogs in the Pros: September 1-6, 2017

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As teams push to get to October, Arrieta and Carpenter face injury, while Cashner continues to carry the Rangers.

MLB: Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Jake Arrieta (P/Chicago Cubs) – Arrieta faced the Pirates on the road on September 4. The Pirates struck early with a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 1st. In the bottom of the 3rd, Arrieta allowed a second home run. Two batters later, he was clearly in pain. He tried to stretch his right leg and attempted a warm-up pitch, but pulled up. He had to leave the game. (I apologize for the sound quality of this video, but it’s the only one that shows everything)

Jake didn’t seem too concerned about the injury immediately after the game.

After an MRI, it’s been determined he has a Grade 1 hamstring strain. The Cubs are delaying his next start, but he’s hoping to be back on the mound by mid-September.

By the way, the Cubs lost that game 12-0. Regardless, Arrieta was still named the NL Pitcher of the Month for August. Congrats, Jake!

Jake currently has a ERA, with a WHIP. To follow Jake Arrieta this season, click here.

Matt Carpenter (3B/St. Louis Cardinals) – On September 1, the Cardinals were continuing a series against the Giants in San Francisco. Carpenter was batting 4th in the lineup, a change from his #1 spot this season. He struck out swinging in the top of the 1st. In 3 more at-bats, he had a pop out and 2 fly outs. The Cardinals still won the game 11-6.

September 2-3, Carpenter wasn’t in the lineup. He returned to face the Padres in San Diego September 4 in San Diego. He was back in the #1 spot in the lineup. He struck out in the 1st, ground into a double play in the 3rd, and struck out swinging in the 5th. He was pulled from the game after that with right shoulder tendinitis. He later admitted that his shoulder has been bothering him all season. He had an MRI, which revealed bursitis and had a cortisone shot Tuesday night. He’s expected to return to the lineup after several days rest.

Carpenter currently has 106 hits, 75 runs, and 63 RBIs, including 18 home runs. He has a .239 AVG. For all the stats during Carpenter's 2017 season, click here.

Andrew Cashner (P/Texas Rangers) – Most pitchers aren’t known for their hitting. In the National League, it’s common to see Pitchers get up and strike out/ground out/fly out. Hitting just isn’t their job. Jake Arrieta is known for having a powerful bat, but what about Andrew Cashner? On September 4, the Rangers played the Braves on the road. Cashner was pitching, but it was this hit in the top of the second that took fans by surprise.

Additionally, Cashner limited the Braves to a 2-run home run in the bottom of the 4th. He allowed a total of 6 hits in 6 innings pitched. He struck out 5 and walked 2. The Rangers won 8-2.

Cashner currently has an ERA of 3.29 and a WHIP of 1.29. He’ll pitch September 10 at home against the Yankees. For more of Cashner's stats, click here.

Brandon Finnegan (P/Cincinnati Reds) – Finnegan is still out on injury.

Finnegan currently has a 4.15 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP in the MLB. We wish him a speedy recovery.

For more on Finnegan's 2017 season, you can go here.