Carlos Gomez killed a baseball during the first inning of yesterday’s Brewers-Phillies game. Unfortunately for him it went foul. Fortunately for the rest of us, Gomez either didn’t watch it or didn’t look to the umpires, because he thought it was a homer and trotted all the way around the bases anyway:
Best part: he struck out on the very next pitch. That’s some high-quality entertainment right there.
The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league deal with outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr.
Upton, 33, battled a torn thumb ligament and a shoulder issue last season, limiting him to only 12 games with Triple-A Sacramento, the Giants’ affiliate. In those 12 games, he hit .244 with one double and one home run. Upton last played in the majors in 2016 with the Padres and Blue Jays with which he posted an aggregate .693 OPS.
Given the injuries suffered by Indians outfielders in the past couple of seasons it can’t hurt to have some options for organizational depth. If he has anything left in the tank, stash him on the bench or down in Columbus. If not, no harm done.