Giancarlo Stanton’s wrist is no longer an issue after being hit by a pitch on March 11, but he remains out of the lineup with knee soreness that hasn’t gotten any better in a week.
Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that the Marlins believe Stanton would play if Opening Day was tomorrow, but the 22-year-old right fielder seemed less confident when asked about his chances, saying: “It’s kind of tough to make sure your legs are in shape without being able to run.”
Stanton appeared in just four spring games before the wrist and knee problems, but he’s been taking batting practice while waiting for the swelling in his knee to subside. Capozzi notes that he was limited to just seven games last spring because of quadriceps and hamstring issues, and then went on to play 150 games while hitting .262 with 34 homers and an .893 OPS.
The Orioles announced, prior to Sunday’s game against the Yankees, that the club signed pitcher Tommy Hunter to a major league contract. In related roster moves, the club recalled pitcher Oliver Drake from Triple-A Norfolk and designated pitcher T.J. McFarland and outfielder Julio Borbon for assignment.
The Indians released Hunter on Thursday after he struggled in a rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus. Hunter was recovering from a non-displaced fracture in his lower back. The right-hander put up a respectable 3.74 ERA with a 17/5 K/BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings for the Indians.
This will be Hunter’s second stint with the Orioles. The O’s had acquired him along with first baseman Chris Davis at the trade deadline from the Rangers in 2011 in the Koji Uehara trade.
The Orioles are only responsible for paying Hunter the prorated major league minimum.
Orioles DH Mark Trumbo drilled a two-run home run to left-center field off of reliever Ben Heller in the eighth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Yankees. In doing so, he became the first player to reach the 40-homer plateau this season.
Trumbo finished 1-for-4 on the afternoon. Along with the 40 dingers, he’s hitting .257/.317/.541 with 96 RBI. He has already set a career-high in homers and is four RBI away from tying his career high in that regard.
Trumbo is eligible for free agency after the season. Needless to say, his performance in 2016 bodes well for his ability to secure a hefty contract.