Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich made an Aaron Rowand-esque catch during Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Mariners. Jarrod Dyson, leading off the bottom of the first inning against Edinson Volquez, hit a fly ball to deep center field. Yelich raced towards the warning track, stuck out his glove, and slammed face-first into the center field fence. One can even see an imprint of his body where he crashed into the wall. Fortunately, Yelich was not injured making the grab.
Coincidentally, all three players were involved in a very similar play last August. With Volquez on the mound for the Royals against the Marlins, Yelich sent a fly ball of his own to straightaway center field. This time it was Dyson in center field racing back to make the catch at the ball.
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.