Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports that Paul Konerko was scratched from tonight’s lineup against the Tigers after having a loose fragment removed from his left wrist earlier today. While he won’t start the game, he will be available off the bench.
As Merkin notes, the minor procedure is likely related to chronic wrist soreness experienced by Konerko in the early part of May. The 35-year-old first baseman is batting .310/.380/.516 with 12 homers and 44 RBI over his first 247 plate appearances this season, so the issue hasn’t dramatically affected his production in any way.
Adam Dunn, who was originally out of Friday’s lineup, will start in his place against left-hander Andy Oliver. Dunn is still in search of his first hit against a left-handed pitcher this season. He enters Friday’s contest 0-for-38 with 17 strikeouts against southpaws.
Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger left Tuesday night’s game against the Tigers with a strained oblique, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. Haniger suffered the injury running after hitting a single in the third inning. He was 2-for-2 when he exited the game.
Haniger will almost certainly be placed on the 10-day disabled list as a result of the injury. It’s a big loss for the Mariners, as he entered the night batting .321/.430/.590 with four home runs and 16 RBI in 93 plate appearances.
Danny Valencia, who pinch-ran for Haniger and stayed in the game to play right field, is likely to take Haniger’s spot in the lineup and in the outfield during his absence.
Astros second baseman Jose Altuve and outfielder Teoscar Hernandez collided attempting to catch a shallow fly ball hit by Indians catcher Yan Gomes in the bottom of the eighth inning during Tuesday night’s game.
Hernandez, who was called up earlier on Tuesday, had just come into the game as a defensive replacement for Carlos Beltran. George Springer entered the game in right field in Hernandez’s place after Hernandez was carted off the field. Altuve was replaced at second base by Marwin Gonzalez.
The Astros should have updates on the conditions of both players after the game. Losing Altuve would be a big deal for the first-place Astros, as he entered the game batting .324/.393/.459 with seven stolen bases.