Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis was lifted early from Thursday’s game against the Orioles after jamming his hip while trying to break up a double play. He’s been able to stay active and productive, but that hip discomfort still remains.
According to associate reporter Evan Drellich of MLB.com, Youk had to be pulled in the seventh inning of Saturday evening’s 2-0 loss to the Mariners and is likely to rest on Sunday.
Here’s Red Sox manager Terry Francona:
“It’s the same hip. It got stiff again. We’re going to have to check him out again. We don’t want it to linger, and I don’t think it will as long as we keep an eye on it.”
In situations like this, safe is usually smart. Youkilis, 32, is batting just .218 on the season but boasts a solid .879 OPS, five home runs and 15 RBI through 102 plate appearances. He’ll be back on Monday.
The Yankees fell behind early to the Orioles on Sunday afternoon, a day after dropping both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader. Their game, as did every other game on Sunday with the exception of the Braves-Cardinals doubleheader, started at 3:05 or 3:10 EDT, a change Major League Baseball recently made to create fairness on the final day of the season.
Girardi is not a fan. Per the Associated Press:
It was cloudy at Camden Yards at 3:05 p.m., but late-afternoon games often make it difficult for batters to see pitches.
Girardi said, “Here’s the thing that bothers me: If it’s a sunny day you’re playing in shadows.”
He added, “If it’s the most important game of the year to get in, I don’t think that’s right.”
Understanding the idea is for every team to play at the same time, Girardi said, “Then play all night games.”
One wonders if MLB had scheduled Sunday’s slate of games for the night, if Girardi would have instead complained about batters losing fly balls in the stadium lights. Furthermore, both teams have to play in the same conditions.
Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was given an opportunity to play a new position in Sunday’s series finale against the Phillies. After the Phillies rallied to take a 6-2 lead in the seventh, the Marlins let Suzuki take the hill in the eighth. And, in news that surprises no one, he was impressive.
Though Suzuki gave up a run on two hits, he flashed a fastball that hit the mid-80’s and a breaking ball with some bite.
Suzuki, who turns 42 years old later this month, is 65 hits of 3,000 in his major league career. The Marlins are interested in bringing him back in 2016.