Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro‘s season could be over, as he has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 strained right hamstring, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports. He suffered the injury running the bases on a double hit in the fifth inning of Saturday’s loss to the Red Sox.
Hoch notes that a Grade 1 strain is the least severe type of strain, but it requires at least two weeks of recovery. That would take him to the end of the regular season. Manager Joe Girardi considers it “a bonus” if Castro appears in a regular season game this year. The Yankees should be expected to utilize Ronald Torreyes and Rob Refsnyder at second base in Castro’s absence.
The Yankees entered Sunday’s action 3.5 games out of the second Wild Card slot in the American League, and 4.5 games out of the first slot. They would have to fend off at least five other teams to have even a 50/50-ish shot to get into the ALDS.
Twins second baseman Brian Dozier already has the American League single-season record for home runs in a season by a second baseman with 41. Now he’s on a 22-game hitting streak, extending it with a 1-for-5 effort in Sunday afternoon’s loss to the Mets.
During Dozier’s 22-game streak, he’s hitting .351/.425/.766 with 11 home runs in 94 at-bats. On the season overall, he’s hitting .280/.353/.573 with 98 RBI and 99 runs scored as well as the 41 round-trippers.
If we all went by Wins Above Replacement, Mike Trout would be the runaway favorite for the American League Most Valuable Player Award. But a lot of people are still skeptical of WAR — some for valid reasons, others not so much — which gives Dozier a chance to win himself some hardware after the season. Dozier’s other competition at second base, Jose Altuve, is batting .222 in September.
Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler took a Trevor Bauer fastball off of his helmet in the third inning of Sunday’s game against the Indians. Kinsler was shaken up but stayed the game initially.
During his at-bat in the sixth, Kinsler was ejected by home plate umpire Jordan Baker for arguing balls and strikes. Andrew Romine pinch-hit for Kinsler, then stayed in the game at third base, forcing Erick Aybar to move from third to second.
MLB.com’s Jason Beck reports that Kinsler was showing concussion symptoms following the game. According to manager Brad Ausmus, Kinsler was “a little dizzy” and “certainly” has concussion symptoms. He passed an in-game concussion test from trainer Kevin Rand.
Ausmus also noted that Kinsler’s ejection may have been a misunderstanding. He says Kinsler was motioning to teammate Miguel Cabrera to communicate about a stolen base attempt, but Baker thought Kinsler was being disrespectful towards him.
The Tigers have Monday off, which is nice, giving them some extra time to decide what to do with Kinsler.