Yankees No. 2 prospect Clint Frazier could join the club in Houston as soon as Saturday, according to reports from MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch and the Pawtucket Times’ Brendan McGair. The club hasn’t made any official moves to bring up the hot-hitting outfielder yet, but Frazier reportedly got the call on Friday evening when the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders got rained out of their series opener against the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Whether the Yankees push Frazier’s debut forward tomorrow or reserve that moment for another day, the 22-year-old appears to be doing well for himself in Triple-A. He’s batting .257/.345/.474 with 12 home runs and an .819 OPS through his first 319 PA, improving on the sub-.250 average he generated during his first run with the RailRiders last season.
The club is hurting for outfield help after losing rookie outfielder Dustin Fowler to a season-ending knee injury on Thursday night. Fowler was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Friday and underwent surgery to repair a rupture of the right patella tendon, which will require a full six-month recovery period. The Yankees recalled infielder Miguel Andujar and right-hander Bryan Mitchell from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and optioned right-hander Ronald Herrera to Triple-A prior to Friday’s 13-4 blowout against the Astros.
Jaime Garcia has been at the center of trade talks for several days now, but on Friday night, he commanded center stage for an entirely different reason. The Braves’ southpaw went head-to-head with Dodgers’ lefty Alex Wood and mashed his first career grand slam: a two-out, 399-foot blast that cleared the wall in right field and put the Braves up 9-0 in the fifth inning.
The bases-loaded knock was the third career home run for Garcia, whose contributions at the plate have been few and far between over his nine-year track in the major leagues. Not only did the homer mark an impressive career first for the 30-year-old, but it was just the second pitcher grand slam in Braves’ history and the first since 1966.
Garcia looked almost as impressive on the mound during Friday’s series opener, issuing one run, four hits and three strikeouts through his first six innings. The Braves currently lead the Dodgers 12-1 in the top of the seventh inning.
As for whether the slam will affect negotiations between the Braves and Twins? MLB.com’s Mike Petriello put it best:
Athletics’ first baseman Ryon Healy had a scary moment during Friday’s loss to the Mets. Lucas Duda smacked a single to the first base side, where the ball took a high hop and caught Healy in the left temple. He crumpled to the ground after getting struck by the one-hopper, but was eventually able to stand and walk off the field with assistance from a trainer.
Prior to the injury, Healy went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI single in the first inning. He was replaced by Yonder Alonso, who finished off the rest of the night’s 7-5 loss with a walk in two plate appearances.
Following the game, manager Bob Melvin told reporters that Healy did not appear to have sustained a concussion as a result of the hit. Healy said he thinks he’ll be good to go for Saturday’s game, though a final decision likely won’t be made until tomorrow.