Aaron Judge has gotten all the headlines in New York this year, but there’s another young player who was supposed to lead the Baby Bombers in 2017: Gary Sanchez. He has only played five games due to a strained right biceps. The Yankees activated Sanchez from the disabled list today, and he’ll bat third against the Cubs as New York opens its series against the Cubs at Wrigley.
Sanchez, of course, burst onto the scene late last season hitting .299/.376/.657 with 12 doubles, 20 homers and 42 RBI in just 53 games. He didn’t do much in the first week of this season, but he was hot on his recent minor league rehab assignment, going 5-for-13 with a homer and a couple of doubles.
Rays catcher Wilson Ramos had to exit Monday night’s game against the Orioles in the fifth inning after suffering a head injury. Ruben Tejada broke his bat on a ground out and the barrel hit Ramos in his helmet. Rich Dubroff reports that Ramos needed six staples to close a laceration on his head.
Ramos will continue to be evaluated under MLB’s concussion protocol. He may wind up on the seven-day concussion disabled list.
Ramos, 29, entered Monday’s action batting .222/.259/.426 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 59 plate appearances. He was 0-for-2 before being replaced by Jesus Sucre.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado and second baseman Jonathan Schoop teamed up to turn an impressive 5-4-3 double play in the bottom of the first inning of Monday night’s game against the Rays.
Steven Souza, Jr. led off the frame with a single. Corey Dickerson struck out, bringing Evan Longoria to the dish. Longoria sharply grounded a 1-2 fastball from Kevin Gausman to Machado, who showcased his strong arm with a perfect feed to Schoop at the second base bag despite his momentum taking him towards into territory. Schoop made an off-balance throw to first to complete the twin-killing.
The Orioles took the lead in the top of the third when Adam Jones hit a solo home run off of Ian Snell.