UPDATE: According to Chad Jennings of the Journal News, the Yankees have decided to place Alex Rodriguez on the disabled list due to his lingering right calf injury.
“We’re going to play it safe,” Joe Girardi said. “We don’t think he’s any worse than the time before.”
Barring a trade, Eduardo Nunez, who notched his first major league hit — a go-ahead single in today’s 9-5 win over the Mariners — and Ramiro Pena figure to fill in at third base during his absence.
23-year-old right-hander Ivan Nova will take A-Rod’s place on the active roster and start against the Blue Jays on Monday.
8:42 AM: Alex Rodriguez was back in the starting lineup as the designated hitter on Friday night after missing three straight games with a right calf injury, however he was only able to make it through one at-bat before being pulled.
According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Rodriguez said he felt something when he grounded out to third base in the third inning.
“My swing, and probably that first step out of the box, I felt
something,” Rodriguez said. “I don’t think it’s any worse [than before].
I think it’s probably the same.”
If you watched the game or saw the replay, it looked like there was some obvious discomfort as soon as he prepared to run to first base. He actually stayed in the game until Austin Kearns pinch-hit for him in the bottom of the fourth.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Rodriguez will probably miss the next few days, however he doesn’t believe he will need a trip to the disabled list. No further tests have been scheduled.
After the Yanks are done with the Mariners this weekend, they’ll travel to Toronto for a three-game series beginning Monday. One would think we’d have to see some rapid improvement for him to play on artificial turf.
When he’s not throwing baseballs, Twins pitcher Trevor May is an active gamer. He streams on Twitch, a very popular video game streaming site, fairly regularly and now he’s officially on an eSports team. Luminosity Gaming announced the organization added May last Friday. It appears he’ll be streaming and commentating on Overwatch, a multiplayer first-person shooter made by Blizzard Entertainment.
May is the only current athlete to be an active member of an eSports team. Former NBA player Rick Fox owns Echo Fox, an eSports team that sports players in games including League of Legends, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Street Fighter V, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Mortal Kombat X. Jazz forward Gordon Hayward is also a known advocate of eSports.
The NBA in particular has been very active on the eSports front. Kings co-owners Andy Miller and Mark Mastrov launched NRG eSports in November 2015. Shortly thereafter, Grizzlies co-owner Stephen Kaplan invested in the Immortals eSports team. Almost a year later, the 76ers acquired controlling stakes in Team Dignitas and Team Apex. The same month, the Wizards’ and Warriors’ owners launched a group called Axiomatic, which purchased a controlling stake in Team Liquid, a long-time Starcraft: Brood War website which has since branched out into other games. And also in September 2016, Celtics forward Jonas Jerebko bought team Renegades, moving them to a group house in Detroit. In December 2016, the Bucks submitted a deal to Riot Games in order to purchase Cloud9’s Challenger league spot for $2.5 million. The Rockets that month hired someone specifically for eSports development, focusing on strategy and investment. Last month, the Heat acquired a controlling stake in team Misfits.
Once an afterthought, eSports has grown considerably in recent years and now it should be considered a competitor to traditional sports. League of Legends, in particular, is quite popular, reaching nearly 15 million concurrent viewers at its peak in the most recent League of Legends World Championship. That championship featured a prize purse of $6.7 million with $2 million of it being split among winner SK Telecom T1’s members.
The Orioles have re-signed outfielder Michael Bourn to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league camp, MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports.
Bourn, 34, joined the Orioles last year in a trade from the Diamondbacks on August 31. Though he compiled a meager .669 OPS with the Diamondbacks, Bourn hit a solid .283/.358/.435 in 55 plate appearances with the O’s through the end of the season.
Bourn, a non-roster invitee to camp, will try to play his way onto the Orioles’ 25-man roster. If he does make the roster, Bourn will receive a $2 million salary, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports points out.