Blue Jays’ outfielder Steve Pearce exited Sunday’s game against the Mariners after a headfirst slide into second base went awry. In the second inning, Pearce skied a double into right field and slid around the left side of the bag to avoid the tag from Mariners’ second baseman Jean Segura. He was able to stand under his own power and appeared to be limping on the way back to the dugout. The Blue Jays have yet to announce the extent of Pearce’s injuries, but it’s not a good look for a team that has seen eight players hit the disabled list over the last two months.
Pearce, 34, entered Sunday’s contest with a .195/.247/.354 batting line, four home runs and a .601 OPS in 89 PA. He’s coming off of a fairly productive 2016 season, during which he mashed .288/.374/.492 with 13 home runs in back-to-back stints for the Rays and Orioles. He’s the second Blue Jays’ outfielder to sustain an injury in the last month after the club lost Dalton Pompey to the 60-day disabled list with a concussion.
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.