Mets center fielder Juan Lagares left tonight’s game with a hyper-extended right elbow.
No word yet on how much time the team expects him to miss, but this late in the year obviously any injury could be season-ending.
Lagares has dramatically out-performed expectations offensively this season, hitting .283 with four homers and a .706 OPS in 115 games, and his defense in center field has always been Gold Glove caliber.
Based on Wins Above Replacement–which combines offensive and defensive contributions–he rates as the seventh-best center fielder in baseball this season.
Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo, who signed a $72.5 million contract with the Red Sox on August 22, will make his MLB debut Wednesday night against the Pirates.
Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Castillo will start in center field for the Red Sox after playing for Pawtucket in the Triple-A championship game tonight.
Castillo played a total of 10 games in the minors, participating in the playoffs at three different levels while hitting a combined .297 with four doubles and two steals.
Boston will have 11 games remaining after tonight.
UPDATE: Castillo swung at the first pitch he saw for Pawtucket tonight and hit a solo homer.
Bryce Harper, who left Monday night’s game in the fourth inning due to lightheadedness from flu-like symptoms, is back in the Nationals’ lineup tonight.
James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that Harper received a bag if IV fluids after Monday’s game and will be monitored throughout tonight’s game to make sure he’s feeling fine.
Nate Schierholtz, who replaced Harper mid-game Monday, will be on stand-by again with the Nationals able to clinch the NL East division title tonight.
Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, already out for the season following August surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow, went under the knife again to repair torn cartilage in his ankle.
T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Choo’s ankle surgery carries a 6-8 week recovery timetable, so he’ll have plenty of time to get healthy before spring training.
Choo’s ankle apparently bothered him for most of the season, which helps explain why he hit just .242 with 13 homers and a .714 OPS in the first year of a seven-year, $130 million contract.
Mark Teixeira’s latest injury is pain in his surgically repaired wrist, which will keep the first baseman out of the lineup for tonight’s game and possibly the remainder of the season if the Yankees simply decide to shut him down.
Teixeira initially played well after returning from an April disabled list stint, but he’s been a mess since the All-Star break while hitting .179 with 43 strikeouts in 42 games.
An assortment of injuries–most of them minor in terms of games missed–have plagued Teixeira all season and his overall numbers include a .218 batting average and .723 OPS in 115 games. By comparison, he topped an .800 OPS every season from 2003 to 2012 before missing all but 15 games last year.
Teixeira, who’ll be 35 years old in 2015, is owed $22.5 million in each of the next two seasons.