Red Sox DH Hanley Ramirez hit the second-longest home run of the 2016 season on Tuesday night facing Athletics starter Sean Manaea. Manaea surrendered a leadoff home run to Mookie Betts. Ramirez came to the plate with a runner on first base and one out when he absolutely demolished a first-pitch fastball from Manaea.
If you’re into exit velocity, Ramirez’s rocket came off the bat at 114 MPH. Giancarlo Stanton-esque.
After the dinger, his fourth of the season, Ramriez owns a .292/.336/.450 triple-slash line with 19 RBI. Compared to last season
Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta is out of the starting lineup for a third consecutive day as he’s battling a right wrist injury. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Peralta will visit with Dr. Ron Sheridan, a hand specialist, on Thursday.
Peralta, 28, has been hit in the wrist area three times this season including twice on back-to-back days against the Giants in San Francisco, which led to both teams’ benches emptying.
Though Peralta had played in every game until Monday, he was struggling at the plate. After a hot start, Peralta is hitting .260/.321/.439 as a result of a meager 7-for-33 stretch with six singles and a home run in his last 10 games.
Royals starter Chris Young was rather hittable during Monday’s loss to the Yankees. The right-hander recorded only eight outs while surrendering five solo home runs, bumping his major league-leading total to 13. MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that Young will fly back to Kansas City to undergo an MRI on his arm.
Young said he has been dealing with forearm pain since the end of spring training, per Flanagan. Young said, “I’ve had to change how I take off my shoes, brush my teeth, take off my shirt…” to deal with the pain.
Young was slated to start on Saturday against the Braves, but Dillon Gee will pitch in his place.
Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper made yet more headlines on Monday night when he was thrown out of his team’s game against the Tigers in the bottom of the ninth inning by home plate umpire Brian Knight. As fate would have it, Clint Robinson immediately drilled a walk-off home run. As he ran onto the field to celebrate with his teammates, Harper appeared to shout “F— you!” at Knight.
Harper, the defending NL MVP, has seemed to embrace his role as someone people love to hate. He was featured in an ESPN the Magazine article before the start of the season in which he lamented how baseball stifles younger players’ ability to express themselves. Hall of Famer Goose Gossage and Giants reliever Sergio Romo were two of many who excoriated Harper for the remarks. Teammate Jonathan Papelbon choked Harper in the dugout at the end of last season because he didn’t like Harper’s lack of effort.
Will veteran manager Dusty Baker, in his first year with the Nationals, have to keep Harper in line? It sounds like it. Via Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post, Baker said he doesn’t mind Harper’s emotion, but added, “Will I have to spank him sometimes? Maybe.”
Certainly, Baker was speaking metaphorically. But someone, somewhere is cooking up some spicy slash fiction with that imagery.
Update (5:18 PM EDT): MASN’s Mark Zuckerman reports that the Nationals are receiving cash considerations in return. Exciting times.
The Angels have acquired shortstop Brendan Ryan in a trade with the Nationals, MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez reports. It’s not known yet what the Nationals are getting in return, but Gonzalez surmises it won’t be much.
Andrelton Simmons needs surgery on his left thumb to repair “a full thickness tear of the ulnar collateral ligament”, which will keep him out for at least a couple of months. The Angels chose to acquire help from outside of the organization rather than relying completely on Cliff Pennington to hold down the shortstop position.
Ryan, 34, has spent the season with Triple-A Syracuse, the Nationals’ minor league affiliate. In 83 plate appearances, he has hit .263/.305/.382. The veteran of 10 seasons is underwhelming offensively, but plays great defense and can move around the diamond if the Angels want to play Pennington as well.