Alcides Escobar was removed from yesterday’s lineup and is expected to sit out today’s game as well with an infection on his arm from a bug bite that he scratched.
According to manager Ned Yost the shortstop “scratched it and now he’s got red streaks and it’s swollen and warm.”
Yost added that it’s “nothing major” and said Escobar is on antibiotics to clear up the infection, so presumably he’ll be back in the lineup at some point later this week.
No word yet on if the bug in question is of the “bed” variety, and further whether Escobar knew to sleep tight and not let them bite.
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.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: