Searching for some offense, the Angels have called first baseman/designated hitter C.J. Cron back up from Triple-A after demoting him earlier this month.
Cron hit well at Triple-A, batting .323 with six homers and a 1.014 OPS in 23 games, but the poor plate discipline that previously hurt him with the Angels continued to be an issue. He drew just four walks in 98 trips to the plate after walking 12 times in 367 plate appearances for the Angels.
Cron has plenty of power and has posted some big numbers in the minors, but designated hitters who walk once every two weeks generally don’t turn into impact players.
Today is the final All-Star game voting update for the National League before the starters are announced Sunday and it looks like only two spots are still realistically up for grabs.
Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals has a narrow lead over Todd Frazier of the Reds at third base and Matt Holliday of the Cardinals has a narrow lead over Norichika Aoki of the Giants for the third outfielder spot. Of course, Aoki has a fractured fibula, Holliday may still be on the disabled list for the All-Star game, and the second-ranked outfielder, Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins, is out for two months with a wrist injury. So … who knows.
Here are the position-by-position numbers:
Hanley Ramirez remains on the Red Sox’s active roster, but he’s out of the starting lineup tonight for the fifth consecutive game with a hand injury.
Ramirez was hit on the left hand by a line drive while running the bases Wednesday and left the team over the weekend to undergo further testing. He’s back with the team for their road trip to Toronto, which is seemingly good news, but Ramirez isn’t ready to rejoin the lineup yet.
Alejandro De Aza is starting in his place in left field, with Jackie Bradley Jr. in right field.