A bug is going around the Red Sox clubhouse and it’s going to cost them a couple of their best players for their game against the Tigers this afternoon.
Mookie Betts, who would’ve missed yesterday’s game against the Pirates had it not been canceled, is out of the lineup again today due to the flu. A second addition to sickbay is Hanley Ramirez, who is himself under the weather.
Betts could possibly pinch hit. Ramirez, however, is staying back at the hotel so the Sox will play a man down today. Chris Young is covering right field for Betts. Brock Holt is serving as the club’s designated hitter in Ramirez’s stead.
Everyone else on the Sox: wear a mask.
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.