C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports that Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez suffered a fractured right thumb when he was hit by a Jameson Taillon pitch in the fourth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game. It’s not yet known how long Suarez will be out.
Suarez entered Sunday’s action batting .308/.419/.654 with a pair of home runs in 31 plate appearances. He’s been the best-performing hitter for the Reds in the early going.
It sounds like the Reds may be calling up prospect Alex Blandino to fill the void at third base as he was removed early from Sunday’s Triple-A game. Blandino is the No. 18 prospect in the Reds’ system, according to MLB Pipeline. Last season, between Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville, Blandino hit a combined .265/.382/.453 with 12 home runs, 51 RBI, and 60 runs scored in 473 plate appearances.
Astros DH Evan Gattis unwittingly helped the Mariners complete a triple play in the fourth inning of Thursday afternoon’s game at Safeco Field. The Astros put runners on first and second on consecutive singles by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, bringing Gattis to the plate.
Gattis check-swung at a first-pitch curve from Marco Gonzales, hitting a grounder to third base. Kyle Seager stepped on the third base bag and then threw to second base for the second out. There was not nearly enough time for Robinson Cano to get the throw to first base to complete a triple play. Gattis ostensibly lost track of the number of outs in the inning, so he just circled back to the dugout and the Mariners completed their triple play since Gattis went out of the baseline.
That’s the first triple play of the 2018 season. It’s the Mariners’ first triple play since July 26, 2015 against the Blue Jays.