Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus was hit on the right elbow with a 97 MPH fastball from Angels reliever Keynan Middleton on Wednesday night. He left the game and Isiah Kiner-Falefa came in to pinch-run. After the game, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reported that Andrus suffered a fractured right elbow. Andrus is headed to the disabled list. The Rangers should pass along an update with a timetable for his recovery.
Andrus was 0-for-3 with a walk before his final at-bat. In 61 plate appearances, he’s hitting .327/.426/.500 with two home runs, five RBI, and seven runs scored.
Jurickson Profar could slide into a regular role at shortstop while Andrus is out. Profar has been functioning as a utilityman so far this season.
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.