Delmon Young will be one of three players added to the Tampa Bay roster on Sunday, when rosters expand, writes Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. The Rays plan to use Young as a designated hitter against left-handed pitchers and even some right-handers as well. Young was signed by the Phillies in January but released on August 14 after a disappointing season in which he posted a .699 OPS with shoddy defense.
The Rays picked up Young on a Minor League deal on August 22 and had him report to Double-A Montgomery. In seven games, he hit .233 with one home run. This will be Young’s second stint with the Rays as he was initially the organization’s #1 overall pick in the 2003 draft.
Topkin also notes that catcher Chris Gimenez and pitcher Josh Lueke will be called up along with Young on Sunday.
Mariners starter Felix Hernandez is dealing with “dead arm” and will head back to Seattle to have his shoulder examined, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. Hernandez was reportedly visibly upset and left the clubhouse quickly, declining to speak to the media, Divish adds.
Hernandez wasn’t long for Tuesday’s game against the Tigers, as he lasted just two innings, yielding four runs on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts. The Mariners went on to lose 19-9. Hernandez is now carrying a 4.73 ERA over his first five starts.
Not much else can go wrong for the Mariners, who are now 8-13 in last place in the AL West. Mitch Haniger also suffered an oblique injury on Tuesday, joining what is becoming a lengthy list of dinged-up Mariners.
Blue Jays pinch-hitter Chris Coghlan found a creative way to beat the tag from Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina in the top of the seventh inning of Tuesday night’s game.
With the score tied 2-2, the Jays had a runner on first base and one out as Kevin Pillar faced reliever Matt Bowman. Pillar drove a 1-1 fastball to deep right field. Stephen Piscotty leaped in an attempt to make the catch, but the ball caromed off the wall and back towards the field. Coghlan, who was on first, made his way around third towards home. Piscotty threw home past the cutoff man and the ball reached Molina on several bounces. As Molina went low to apply the tag, Coghlan went high, leaping into the air and somersaulting into home plate to score the go-ahead run.
The Blue Jays would go on to score two in the inning, but the Cardinals answered with two of their own in the bottom half of the seventh. As of this writing, the score remains tied at four apiece.