* Carlos Quentin switched from left field to designated hitter at Single-A last night after rain postponed the game by an hour,
but ripped an RBI double and lined out to center field in two at-bats
before exiting in the sixth inning. Quentin is now 8-for-23 (.348) with
two doubles, four walks, and just one strikeout through eight games
rehabbing his foot injury and is scheduled to play left field tonight
if the weather permits.
* Geovany Soto is receiving treatment on his injured oblique at the Cubs’ spring training complex in Arizona and said yesterday
that “hopefully we’re looking at something like 15 to 20 days” until
his return. For now the Cubs are going with Koyie Hill and Jake Fox as
Soto’s replacements, but Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune speculates that general manager Jim Hendry is working the phones for a veteran fill-in like Gregg Zaun.
* Carlos Guillen began his minor-league rehab assignment
last night, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout at Single-A. Guillen hit
just .200/.267/.244 before landing on the disabled list in early May
with a shoulder injury and the Tigers have cycled through five
different left fielders in his absence.
Mets starter Jon Niese left his start Tuesday night against the Cardinals due to left knee pain.
Niese walked two and gave up an RBI single before leaving with a trainer with one out in the bottom of the first inning. He was eventually charged with three earned runs. Robert Gsellman, just up from Las Vegas, took over, making his major league debut under unexpected circumstances.
Niese, who has not pitched well at all since coming over in a trade with the Pirates, is likely to be placed on the disabled list after the game or before tomorrow’s game.
Mark Trumbo still has many chances to hit a home run tonight — it’s only been an inning or so in the Nats-Orioles game — but his weird home run streak is over.
Coming into tonight’s game, Trumbo’s last seven hits had been homers. The all-time record had been 11, set by Mark McGwire back in 2001. The last time Trumbo got a hit that wasn’t a dong was back on August 11. Later in that game, however, he hit a grand slam. After that he went 6 for his next 34, with all those safeties dingers.
But that’s over now. In the first inning tonight he drove in a run with a two-out single. Then he was thrown out trying to stretch it to two. Good job on the RBIs, Mark. Bad job on the base running. Judgment withheld on the homer streak because, really, that’s just kind of weird and cool.