Giants’ left fielder Jarrett Parker was forced to leave Saturday’s Giants-Rockies game after he made a warning track catch in the fourth inning and collided with the left field wall, breaking his clavicle in the process. Parker fell to his knees after the collision and had to be helped off the field. Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy doesn’t have a timetable for Parker’s return, but expects him to miss some time during the recovery process.
According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, there is currently no replacement slated to take Parker’s place in left field. Most of the Giants’ outfield backups are unavailable or injured, including Mac Williamson (quadriceps injury) and Mike Morse (hamstring injury). That leaves Aaron Hill, who subbed in for Parker during Saturday’s 5-2 loss, as well as Chris Marrero and Gorkys Hernandez, though none have played well enough to earn a permanent starting role this year. It’s possible that the Giants will solicit outside help, which could lead them back to veteran left fielder Angel Pagan, who remains unsigned after electing free agency last November. NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic also speculates that the club could utilize 40-man options like Kelby Tomlinson or Orlando Calixte, though that would require putting Parker on the 60-day disabled list.
Parker was hitless at the plate on Saturday while Colorado right-hander Tyler Chatwood worked 5 2/3 innings of a perfect game. He’s 3-for-21 on the season with one triple in nine games with San Francisco.
Yankees first baseman Greg Bird gave his team tons of confidence to hand him the everyday job at first base to start the 2017 regular season, batting .451/.556/1.098 with eight home runs in 51 spring at-bats. But he’s followed that up by hitting .107/.254/.214 through the first month of the regular season.
GM Brian Cashman doesn’t have any intent to demote Bird back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports. Cashman said, “It’s not even an option for me in my mind right now, at all.”
Bird didn’t start Sunday’s game against the Orioles, a 7-4 loss in 11 innings. Lefty Wade Miley started for the Orioles, prompting manager Joe Girardi to put Chris Carter into the lineup at first base. If Bird isn’t able to figure things out, Carter might have an increased role on the team.
Rays starter Chris Archer threw his first pitch to Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista behind the slugger’s back with one out in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Toronto. Bautista and Archer then had a staredown. Home plate umpire Jim Wolf issued warnings to both teams. Bautista ultimately flied out to right field and he appeared to have a quick word with Archer on his way back to the dugout.
Archer could have been exacting revenge — euphemistically known as “protecting his teammate” — because Jays reliever Joe Biagini hit Rays outfielder Steven Souza in the seventh inning of Saturday’s game. Souza was forced to leave the game and underwent an X-ray, which came back negative. He was held out of Sunday’s lineup. Biagini’s pitch did not appear to be intentional.
The Jays won Sunday’s contest 3-1 with no further incident. The two clubs meet again in Tampa for a three-game series starting on May 5, so we’ll see if Sunday was the last of the bad blood between them.