As if hitting .143 wasn’t a bad enough start to his Angels career, outfielder Matt Joyce was scratched from yesterday afternoon’s game against the Blue Jays because … well, he thought it was a night game.
He showed up at the ballpark during batting practice and was fined for being late in addition to being pulled from the starting lineup by manager Mike Scioscia. His fill-in, Marc Krauss, went 0-for-2 with a walk and the Angels lost 10-6.
Joyce told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times:
It’s a mistake that should never happen. I feel terrible about it. It won’t happen again.
DiGiovanna suggests giving Joyce some “props” because he fessed up rather than trying to make another excuse for the late scratch.
Three-time All-Star shortstop Rafael Furcal has decided to retire at age 37 after injuries derailed numerous comeback attempts in recent years.
Furcal debuted for the Braves in 2000, winning the Rookie of the Year award, and spent the next decade as one of the league’s best all-around shortstops, but he last topped a .700 OPS in 2011 and has played a grand total of just nine games in the big leagues since 2013.
A switch-hitting, 5-foot-8 speedster with good on-base skills and a rocket arm, Furcal batted .281 with a .346 on-base percentage and .402 slugging percentage in 1,614 games, stealing 314 bases and smacking 113 home runs.
Among all MLB shortstops since 2000 he ranks fourth in Wins Above Replacement with 39.0, trailing only Derek Jeter, Jimmy Rollins, and Miguel Tejada. He played 14 seasons for the Braves, Dodgers, Cardinals, and Marlins, earning $97 million in salary and winning one World Series with St. Louis in 2011.
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis has been designated for assignment by the Mets.
Nieuwenhuis has been a part-time player for the Mets in each of the past four seasons, hitting a combined .230 with 13 homers and a .676 OPS in 226 games while starting in all three outfield spots. This season he’s 3-for-38 with 17 strikeouts.
His numbers in the minors are better, but still nothing special, so at age 28 the Mets felt comfortable in exposing him to the waiver wire. Triple-A outfielder Darrell Ceciliani, who was hitting .336 in 37 games for Las Vegas but has an underwhelming track record, replaces Nieuwenhuis on the roster.