Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus suffered a fractured right elbow when he was hit by a Keynan Middleton fastball during Wednesday night’s game against the Angels. He will miss the next six to eight weeks but won’t require surgery, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Andrus, 29, was off to a great start to the 2018 season, coming off a terrific 2017 campaign. Through 61 plate appearances, he was hitting .327/.426/.500 with a pair of home runs and five RBI.
Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Rangers will recall Ronald Guzman from Triple-A Round Rock to take Andrus’ spot on the roster. Joey Gallo will play some left field while Ryan Rua, Drew Robinson, and Isiah Kiner-Falefa will operate more in a utility role.
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.