We’ve had a number of instances of players saying bad things about old managers or teammates lately. The last one was the Blue Jays’ Adam Lind, who over the weekend blamed ex-Jays manager John Farrell for sending him mixed signals about hitting last year:
“You guys (the media) were around last year,” Lind said Saturday at spring training. “The manager telling you one thing was a problem, it was tough. He was from Boston where they were selective (on hitting pitches) but coming up through this organization we were taught to be aggressive, so sometimes you get confused who you want to please.”
I’m sure this had nothing to do whatsoever with Farrell calling out Lind for being out of shape last year and sending him to Las Vegas for a while. Nope.
Anyway, Jays’ GM Alex Anthopoulos heard these comments and said that, if there was a problem, it was Lind’s fault:
“He has been in the league long enough now and it’s up to him to say I’m a little confused, I need a little help and what not … I always try to stress, if you’re confused, if you’re not sure, it’s on you to say something. We can’t do anything to help you if you don’t express how you’re feeling.”
Always a good rule to not air your grievances publicly.
Rays’ right fielder Steven Souza Jr. left Saturday’s game after getting hit on the left hand by a pitch from Blue Jays’ right-hander Joe Biagini in the seventh inning. The pitch appeared to hit the top of Souza Jr.’s hand, causing the outfielder to crumple at the plate and requiring assistance from assistant athletic trainer Paul Harker as he exited the field. Postgame reports from the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin revealed that Souza Jr. sustained a left hand contusion and is scheduled to undergo further evaluation on Sunday.
While the diagnosis isn’t as bad as it could be, it’s still a tough break for the right fielder, who missed 40 days of the 2015 season after sustaining a fracture in his left hand on another hit by pitch. The team has yet to announce any concrete timetable for Souza Jr.’s return, though manager Kevin Cash indicated that they’ll be taking things day to day for the time being.
Souza Jr. is batting .326/.398/.543 with four home runs and 17 RBI through 104 PA in 2017. He went 1-for-2 with a base hit and a walk prior to his departure during Saturday’s 4-1 loss.
It’s been a slow start to the season for Yankees’ outfielder Brett Gardner, who entered Saturday’s matinee against the Orioles with a .188/.316/.234 batting line, three doubles and five stolen bases in his first 76 PA of the year. That all changed in the first inning of Saturday’s game, when Gardner skied a leadoff home run to right field:
Orioles’ right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez couldn’t find his footing against the Yankees in the second inning, either. Gardner returned for his second home run of the season, a three-run shot to lift New York 5-0 over Baltimore:
Measured at 411 feet in the right field bullpen, the left fielder’s blast marked the seventh home run hit by a Yankee this series. According to the club’s PR department, it’s also the first multi-home run game Gardner has recorded since September 2015. The Yankees currently lead the Orioles 7-0 through four innings.