Marlins second baseman Rafael Furcal injured his left hamstring after trying to beat out a double play in the bottom of the third inning in Saturday afternoon’s game against the Mets. He did not take the field for the top of the fourth, and was instead replaced at his position by Jeff Baker.
Although nothing has been made official, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports that Furcal is headed to the 15-day disabled list. The club will recall Derek Dietrich from Triple-A New Orleans.
Furcal, 36, made his 2014 debut on June 13 after missing the first 65 games of the season with a strained left hamstring. It was his first appearance in the major leagues since August 30, 2012 when he was with the Cardinals. Furcal slashed .171/.216/.229 with no home runs or stolen bases and only two RBI in 37 plate appearances.
Every now and then, The Players’ Tribune runs a “five toughest” feature. In 2015, David Ortiz listed the five toughest pitchers he ever faced. Last month, Christian Yelich wrote up the five toughest pitchers in the NL East. Now, it’s Ian Kinsler‘s turn with the five toughest pitchers in the AL Central.
Kinsler goes into detail explaining why each pitcher is difficult to face, so hop over to The Players’ Tribune for his reasoning. His list
Presumably, Kinsler intentionally omitted his Tiger teammates from the list. He has faced Justin Verlander a fair amount earlier in his career, and he has only a .176/.333/.235 batting line in 42 plate appearances against the right-hander. Verlander’s stuff is often described as tough to hit in one phrase or another. Kinsler has also struggled against Indians starter Carlos Carrasco (.590 OPS), but one can understand why he would be omitted from a list of five given who was already listed.
Angels first baseman C.J. Cron hit a grand slam against the Mets on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to keep his spot on the major league roster as the club announced his demotion to Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday. Infielder Nolan Fantana has been promoted from Salt Lake.
Cron, 27, was hitting a disappointing .232/.281/.305 with one home run and RBI in 90 plate appearances. I guess you can say that wasn’t the kind of Cron job the Angels were expecting. Cron was an above-average hitter in each of his first three seasons, finishing with an OPS+, or adjusted OPS, of 111, 106, and 115 (100 is average).
While Cron is figuring things out in the minors, Luis Valbuena, Jefry Marte, and Albert Pujols could each see some time at first base.