The Nationals placed outfielder Mike Morse on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a left calf injury, according to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson.
Morse had been making a push for the starting right field job in Washington until he was injured Thursday while going after a fly ball. He’s 1-for-6 on the year, as it stands, with no walks and three strikeouts.
Willie Harris and Willy Taveras are expected to platoon in right for at least the next two weeks, and perhaps longer. The Nationals aren’t overly concerned about Morse’s injury, but it’s tough for an outfielder to shake off a calf injury with so much ground to cover. That said, the 28-year-old should be back during the month of May.
MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig‘s one-game suspension has been rescinded. Instead, he will make a charitable donation. The alternative “punishment” was agreed to by Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association.
Puig was suspended one game two weeks ago after flipping off some hecklers at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Puig showed remorse after the game, saying, “I stooped to their level.”
Entering Tuesday night’s action, Puig was batting .251/.331/.458 with 14 home runs and 41 RBI in 287 plate appearances.
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre picked a good time to hit his 450th home run. With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the ninth inning, Beltre took the first pitch he saw from closer Cody Allen for a ride, sending it into the left field seats at Progressive Field to break the tie.
The Rangers would go on to win 2-1. Beltre finished 2-for-4. He now has 2,969 career hits, leaving him 31 shy of becoming the 31st member of the 3,000 hit club.
On the season, Beltre is hitting .303/.373/.562 with five home run sand 22 RBI in 102 plate appearances.