You may recall that, before the All-Star break, Logan Morrison of the Tampa Bay Rays questioned Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez‘s home run hitting bonafides after Sanchez was added to the American League’s Home Run Derby team while Morrison, who had more homers than Sanchez at the time, was left off.
Since the break Sanchez has gone on a home run tear, hitting 18 homers to bring him up to 31 on the year, including one last night in the Yankees rout of the Baltimore Orioles. That led the Yankees twitter account to take a jab at Morrison:
The Rays Twitter account noticed it:
The Yankees account retorted:
We’ve increasingly seen club Twitter accounts having fun with one another, taking playful jabs. Usually everyone is game for it and it’s good natured in much the way you and a friend who roots for a rival may talk harmless smack. But this one seems a bit more . . . real? And not particularly good natured.
Maybe the Yankees should let it go? Maybe the Rays should grow some thicker skin? Maybe everyone dying on a hill built by Logan freakin’ Morrison of all people is not the best use of time?
Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Steven Souza dove for a ball in a spring training game last night, missed, and ended up injuring his right shoulder.
It looked bad, too. Center fielder Jarrod Dyson stood over him, frantically waving to the dugout for a trainer as Souza kicked his legs in apparent pain. Souza held his arms awkwardly as he walked off the field. At the moment the Dbacks are calling it a right shoulder strain, but he’ll get an MRI on it today after which a more specific diagnosis will come.
If Souza is out for a while it’s a pretty big blow to Arizona’s 2018 plan. Souza was acquired to help cushion the blow of losing J.D. Martinez in free agency. While not the hitter Martinez is, Souza hit 30 homers in Tampa Bay last year, stood likely to at least match that in the more hitter-friendly confines of Chase Field and, of course, plays superior defense.
Potential replacements for Souza include moving David Peralta from left to right and inserting Yasmany Tomas in left or having fourth outfielder Dyson, or perhaps a platoon of Dyson and utilityman Chris Owings, handle right. Socrates Brito is another internal option.
Obviously the Snakes will wait to hear the results of the MRI before going too deeply into replacement plans, all the while hoping that Souza’s injury is far less serious than it appeared to be last night.