The Braves scratched infielder Alberto Callaspo from tonight’s lineup against the Dodgers and now we have an explanation on the reason for the last-minute change:
Chris Johnson has been rehabbing a left hand injury and is expected to come off the disabled list later this week, so Bowman speculated earlier tonight that Callaspo’s days with the Braves were likely coming to an end. That Gonzalez is talking about it so openly means it’s inevitable, whether we’re talking about a trade or him being designated for assignment.
Callaspo signed a one-year, $3 million contract with Atlanta over the winter, but he showed up to spring training out of shape and has struggled as a part-time player this season. The 32-year-old is batting just .206 with one home run and a .545 OPS over 123 plate appearances. He has just three hits in his last 28 at-bats. He struggled last season as well, so it’s hard to see much of a market for him right now unless the Braves eat the great majority of his contract.
Good news for the slumping Mets offense, as Mike Vorkunov of the Newark Star-Ledger writes that catcher Travis d’Arnaud is on track to return from the disabled list next week.
D’Arnaud has been sidelined since he suffered a fractured right pinkie finger when he was hit by a pitch on April 19, but he’s set to play five innings in an extended spring training game tomorrow. Barring any setbacks, he’ll advance to Triple-A Las Vegas within 5-6 days. This gives him a chance to rejoin the Mets during a three-game series against the Padres early next week or during a four-game series against the Diamondbacks later on in the week.
D’Arnaud was off to an excellent start prior to the injury, batting .317/.356/.537 with two home runs and 10 RBI over 11 games. Kevin Plawecki has served as the primary catcher during his absence, but he’s hitting just .200 with two home runs and a .548 OPS over 24 games during his first stint in the majors.
We usually post videos of Giancarlo Stanton hitting long home runs because he has a penchant for doing that on a regular basis and it’s a lot of fun to marvel over them. However, he can also get it done with the glove. Check out this leaping catch he made against the Pirates tonight to rob Josh Harrison of extra bases:
By the way, Stanton also has his 13th home run of the season tonight.
Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista hasn’t been able to play in the field since April 21 due a nagging shoulder injury, but he hopes to change that soon.
According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca, Bautista received a cortisone shot in his shoulder on Sunday. The injury has been described as a “right shoulder strain” until now, but Bautista revealed to reporters on Monday that he’s dealing with “inflammation inside the shoulder joint which causes an impingement.” Options for treatment include rest and exploratory surgery, but he determined that a cortisone shot was “the least invasive but most aggressive next step.”
Bautista has missed the last two games and will resume a throwing program on Tuesday to see if the cortisone shot did its job. The Blue Jays play three games next week against the Nationals under National League rules and have a two-game series against the Mets in New York from June 15-16, so the Blue Jays won’t have the luxury of using him in the DH spot.
Bautista is batting just .215 through 40 games this season, but he has seven home runs and a .364 on-base percentage to go along with an .817 OPS.