The Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers big offseason acquisitions — Robinson Cano and Shin-Soo Choo, respectively — came into play today with zero homers and slugging percentages of .315 and .358, respectively. Each has remedied that to some degree this afternoon as both Choo and Cano have hit their first homers of the year in the Rangers-Mariners game. In the second and third innings, respectively. That raises Cano’s slugging percentage to .358 as of the top of the sixth inning this afternoon and Choo’s to a hefty .411.
Cano is being paid for ten years, of course so less than three weeks’ production is not something to worry about. Choo is being paid to get on base and he’s been doing that quite well even if he hasn’t been hitting the ball with any authority before today.
The Yankees have activated shortstop Didi Gregorius from the 10-day disabled list, the club announced on Friday. Infielder Pete Kozma was designated for assignment to clear roster space.
Gregorius, 27, suffered a strained right shoulder while playing in the World Baseball Classic last month. He’s in Friday’s starting lineup, batting sixth against the Orioles.
Last season, Gregorius hit .276/.304/.447 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI in 597 plate appearances.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Mets will place outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Cespedes left Thursday’s game after suffering the injury running the bases.
Things keep going poorly for the Mets, who are in last place in the NL East with an 8-13 record. Cespedes will join a lengthy list of names in the infirmary, including David Wright, Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores, Steven Matz, Seth Lugo, and Noah Syndergaard.
Cespedes is batting a very productive .270/.373/.619 with six home runs and 10 RBI through his first 75 plate appearances.
With Cespedes out, Michael Conforto should be cemented as an everyday player and Juan Lagares will handle center field with Granderson moving back to right field and Jay Bruce covering first base.