Robinson Cano smacked a ground-rule double in the eighth inning yesterday afternoon for his 1,000th career hit, which is a pretty remarkable total for a second baseman in the middle of his age-27 season.
Cano is currently on pace for another 84 hits this season and here’s how his projected total of 1,084 hits would rank among the all-time leading second basemen through age 27:
Rogers Hornsby 1486
Roberto Alomar 1329
Frankie Frisch 1303
Bill Mazeroski 1228
Eddie Collins 1221
Billy Herman 1176
Nellie Fox 1136
Bobby Doerr 1134
Larry Doyle 1133
Pete Rose 1109
Carlos Baerga 1100
ROBINSON CANO 1084
Seven of the 11 guys ahead of him on that list are Hall of Famers, an eighth (Roberto Alomar) will be eventually, and a ninth (Pete Rose) would be if only his on-field performance was considered. Plus, right behind Cano’s projected total on the list are two more Hall of Famers in Ryne Sandberg (1,056) and Rod Carew (1,048).
NEW YORK — With star outfielder Adam Jones nursing a tender hamstring, the Baltimore Orioles selected the contract of Julio Borbon from Double-A Bowie and optioned pitcher Mike Wright to Triple-A Norfolk.
Borbon was inserted in the starting lineup for Baltimore, batting ninth against hard-throwing New York Yankees rookie Chad Green.
“We had some other center field options,” manager Buck Showalter said. “Borbon is our best option at this point.”
Jones left Friday’s game in the second inning with a left hamstring strain. He departed the previous night’s game at Washington in the ninth inning with hamstring cramps and aggravated the injury hustling down the first base line on a soft grounder to third.
“I got a feeling that if he hadn’t had that first swinging bunt, it might not have been a problem,” Showalter indicated. “He’s not going to trot to first base as much as I talked to him about it before the game.”
Although Jones was unable to talk his way into Saturday’s lineup, Showalter speculated that he might be available to pinch-hit.
The 30-year old Borbon was 2 for 9 in five games with the Orioles earlier this season, but was designated for assignment on July 26. To create room for Borbon on the 40-man roster, pitcher Logan Ondrusek was designated for assignment on Friday.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.