The Blue Jays placed closer Roberto Osuna on the 10-day disabled list to open the regular season, as the right-hander is dealing with a cervical spasm. Veteran closer Jason Grilli, as expected, will serve as the primary closer while Osuna is out.
Jon Morosi, however, reports that Joe Biagini may also get some save chances, along with Grilli, during Osuna’s absence. The 26-year-old impressed last season as a rookie, finishing with a 3.06 ERA and a 62/19 K/BB ratio in 67 2/3 innings. He’s certainly a good fallback option as Grilli is 40 years old and coming off of a comparatively mediocre season, as he put up a 4.12 ERA with the Braves and Jays.
MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig‘s one-game suspension has been rescinded. Instead, he will make a charitable donation. The alternative “punishment” was agreed to by Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association.
Puig was suspended one game two weeks ago after flipping off some hecklers at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Puig showed remorse after the game, saying, “I stooped to their level.”
Entering Tuesday night’s action, Puig was batting .251/.331/.458 with 14 home runs and 41 RBI in 287 plate appearances.
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre picked a good time to hit his 450th home run. With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the ninth inning, Beltre took the first pitch he saw from closer Cody Allen for a ride, sending it into the left field seats at Progressive Field to break the tie.
The Rangers would go on to win 2-1. Beltre finished 2-for-4. He now has 2,969 career hits, leaving him 31 shy of becoming the 31st member of the 3,000 hit club.
On the season, Beltre is hitting .303/.373/.562 with five home run sand 22 RBI in 102 plate appearances.