A lot of things make me feel old lately. My hairline. The fact that I can’t seem to sleep plast 7:30AM no matter how late I stay up. The fact that teenagers frighten and confuse me. Happens to everyone, I guess. Time really does move faster for a person when they get older.
But nothing has made me feel quite as old this week as reading that Ken Griffey Jr.’s son Trey is old enough to be playing in a high school all-star football game:
Trey Griffey was officially named as a participant to play in the Under Armour All-American Game at a ceremony held at Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Fla.) on Wednesday. Griffey will play for the East team in the game, which will be played Jan. 5 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.
He’s a pretty great receiver, apparently. Which is fairly amazing considering that, in my mind, Ken Griffey Jr. is still 23 years-old.
The Dodgers have reinstated first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from the 60-day disabled list after his recovery from a herniated disc. To make room for him they have optioned Rob Segedin to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Gonzalez last played on June 11. Since then the Dodgers have gone an astounding 46-9, with shoe-in rookie of the year candidate Cody Bellinger handling first base duties and posting a .978 OPS. When Gonzalez went down he was hitting .255/.304/.339 and only one homer in 49 games.
It’ll be interesting to see what kind of playing time he gets going forward. The Dodgers, of course, have a comfortable lead in the NL West, so they could afford to allow Gonzalez to play a good bit to see if his bat sharpens up while simultaneously giving Bellinger, who has never played more than 137 games in a season, a bit of a breather. Beyond that, though, the Dodgers ain’t broke, so it’s hard to see why anyone would want to tinker with things.
The Tampa Bay Rays have activated outfielder Kevin Kiermaier from the 60-day disabled list.
Kiermaier, who fractured his hip in early June, is batting leadoff and playing center field in tonight’s game against the Mariners. He was just 3-for-24 on his rehab assignment, but those aren’t usually predictive of anything. He was hitting .258/.329/.408 when he went down. Getting his bat — and, more importantly, his glove — back in the lineup will boost the struggling Rays in their quest for a playoff spot.