Rays first baseman James Loney has been placed on the disabled list with a broken left middle finger.
Initially the Rays diagnosed Loney with a sprain, but further exams revealed a fracture and he’s expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
Logan Forsythe is starting at first base today, but as usual the Rays figure to mix and match a lot. Loney hasn’t produced much offensively for a second straight season, hitting .275 with two homers and a .698 OPS in 30 games.
Despite starting (out of position in left field) for the Giants during last year’s World Series-winning playoff run first baseman Travis Ishikawa began this season at Triple-A and now he’s been designated for assignment.
Ishikawa is off the 40-man roster and will either be traded or exposed to the waiver wire. He was off to a decent start at Triple-A, but the 31-year-old journeyman is a bit of a tweener in that his bat isn’t quite good enough to really be an asset at first base and his defense isn’t quite good enough to handle a corner outfield spot regularly.
He’s a career .259 hitter with a .719 OPS in 444 games as a big leaguer, including a .731 OPS in 47 games for the Giants last year.
Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie had a miserable start against the Yankees today, allowing 11 runs–all of them earned–while recording just three outs.
He was asked to come out for the second inning after giving up eight runs in the first inning and then gave up three more runs without getting an out.
Guthrie’s overall ERA jumped from 4.75 to 6.70.
Some other tidbits from a day Guthrie would like to forget:
– He’s the first pitcher to allow 11 or more earned runs in one inning or fewer since Jason Jennings of the Astros on July 29, 2007.
– He’s the first pitcher to allow four home runs while recording fewer than four outs since Travis Harper of the Rays on June 21, 2005.
– His teammate, reliever Wade Davis, has allowed a grand total of eight earned runs in 91 innings since the beginning of 2014.