Lost in the excitement of Anthony Hatch’s walkoff home run in the ninth was the night that Sixers catcher Tony Delmonico had in the 2-1 win over the Mavericks on Saturday.
Delmonico, a converted catcher who has struggled with defensive consistency, had a solid night behind the plate.
He threw out two runners attempting to steal (one on a high inside pitch), and did a good job catching two popups near the screen behind home plate.
At one point, he got something in his eye and needed to have it washed out. Then, when he was batting in the seventh inning, he apparently hurt his hand while swinging. The injury was serious enough that Matt Wallach replaced him in the middle of an at-bat.
Although the severity of the injury is not known, Delmonico is being placed on the 7-day disabled list. Fumimasa Ishibashi, who has spent most of the season inactive, is being activated to take Delmonico’s spot on the roster. Wallach should get the majority of starts behind the plate in Delmonico’s absence.