Update (8:43 PM EDT): Ichiro singled to left field to load the bases with no outs in the bottom of the fifth. The hit moves him past Palmeiro for sole possession of 26th on baseball’s all-time hits list.
Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki tripled and shortly thereafter scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the first inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Phillies. With the triple, Suzuki logged his 3,020th career major league hit, tying him with Rafael Palmeiro for 26th on baseball’s all-time hits list.
Lou Brock is Ichiro’s next target at 3,023 hits. Barring a torrid finish to the season, he’ll have to wait for next year to surpass Rod Carew at 3,053 hits.
Suzuki, who has handled right field regularly since Giancarlo Stanton suffered a groin injury, came into Wednesday’s action batting .295/.363/.375 in 320 plate appearances. He’s hitting well enough that it’s easy to see the Marlins picking up his $2 million option for the 2017 season, when he’ll be 43 years old.
Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe has a strained oblique and intercostal, Phil Miller of the Star Tribune reports. He wants to return by the end of the season, but it’s doubtful, Miller adds. Plouffe injured himself swinging in the eighth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Royals.
Miguel Sano and Eduardo Escobar should handle third base while Plouffe is out.
Plouffe, 30, has played in only 84 games this season and has a subpar .260/.303/.420 triple-slash line with 12 home runs and 47 RBI in 344 plate appearances. He’s eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time after the season, but there’s a distinct possibility the Twins trade or non-tender him rather than pay him a raise on the $7.25 million salary he earned this year.
The Nationals announced that starter Stephen Strasburg has been activated from the 15-day disabled list ahead of Wednesday night’s start against the Braves. The right-hander missed just over two weeks due to right elbow discomfort.
Infielder Stephen Drew joined Strasburg in returning from the disabled list on Wednesday as well.
Strasburg resumes with a 15-4 record, a 3.59 ERA, and a 179/44 K/BB ratio in 145 1/3 innings. He would’ve been in the National League Cy Young Award conversation, but an abysmal month of August saw his ERA balloon from 2.63 to 3.59.