As speculated Thursday, Carlos Gonzalez has been forced onto the disabled list after aggravating his right wrist during a swing against the Braves.
The Rockies called up Eric Young Jr. to replace him Friday.
An MRI Thursday detected inflamed ligaments in the wrist, and though Gonzalez had mostly been able to play through the soreness since injuring the wrist running into an outfield wall on July 3, the decision was made to try to get him healthy now.
With the Rockies having fallen 10 games back of the Giants in the NL West, this seems like a good of time as any to raise the white flag. Gonzalez had been the team’s best player over the last three months, having hit .312 with 14 homers and 50 runs scored in 250 at-bats since the end of April. Now his at-bats are set to go to Ryan Spilborghs, Ty Wigginton, Ian Stewart and Young.
Young spent about five weeks in the majors before being sent down at the beginning of the month, hitting .229 with no extra-base hits and just two walks in 48 at-bats.
The Rays acquired minor league reliever Drew Smith from the Tigers on Friday, per a team announcement. The move will close the loop on the trade the two teams began in January for backup outfielder Mikie Mahtook.
Smith, 23, pitched his first full season in Single-A West Michigan in 2016, turning in a 2.96 ERA, 4.3 BB/9 and 11.5 SO/9 in 48 2/3 innings. The right-hander is still several levels away from making any impact on the Rays’ major league roster, but appears to be progressing steadily in two seasons of pro ball and has delivered two runs, four walks and 12 strikeouts in his first 11 2/3 innings at High-A Lakeland this season. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that he’ll be reassigned to the Rays’ High-A Charlotte this week.
The Yankees have activated shortstop Didi Gregorius from the 10-day disabled list, the club announced on Friday. Infielder Pete Kozma was designated for assignment to clear roster space.
Gregorius, 27, suffered a strained right shoulder while playing in the World Baseball Classic last month. He’s in Friday’s starting lineup, batting sixth against the Orioles.
Last season, Gregorius hit .276/.304/.447 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI in 597 plate appearances.