Yan Gomes has been sidelined since April 11 due to an MCL sprain in his right knee, but Indians manager Terry Francona told Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer today that he’s on track to be activated from the disabled list for Sunday’s game against the Reds.
Gomes was originally expected to miss 6-8 weeks with the injury, so he’s going to be back at the low end of that timetable. The 27-year-old has three hits in nine at-bats with two walks over four minor league rehab games and is gradually being stretched out to nine innings behind the plate.
Gomes batted .284/.325/.476 between 2013-2014, good enough for a 124 OPS+. Getting him back in the lineup and behind the plate is going to be huge for Cleveland.
More health issues for Shane Victorino, as Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com was told by Red Sox manager John Farrell that the veteran outfielder was scratched from tonight’s lineup against the Rangers due to “general overall soreness” which is “centralized somewhat” in his left calf. That’s a pretty specific description for something so general. At least it isn’t his back or hamstring again. The hope is that he’ll be ready to go soon.
Victorino hasn’t started a game since Sunday against the Mariners, but that’s because he’s only been playing against lefties. He was slated to do that tonight with Wandy Rodriguez on the hill for Texas, but now Daniel Nava will play right field. The wait for Rusney Castillo continues.
Victorino is 8-for-19 (.421) with a homer and a double since returning from the disabled list earlier this month.
The first night of the Dan Jennings experiment ended in a loss, as the Diamondbacks topped the Marlins 3-2 in 13 innings tonight in Miami.
The Marlins were held to six hits all night and their only offense came on a game-tying two-run homer by J.T. Realmuto in the seventh. Dan Haren gave up two runs over eight innings of work for Miami while Arizona’s Rubby De La Rosa went nine.
After pitching a scoreless 12th inning, former Marlins closer Steve Cishek gave up a one-out single to Chris Owings in the 13th. Owings stole second and moved over to third on a ground out before David Peralta hit a go-ahead double into right field. For a moment, it looked like the Marlins had something going in the bottom of the 13th, as Ichiro Suzuki drew a one-out walk against Enrique Burgos before stealing second base. However, the call was overturned on replay on Jeff Baker struck out to end the game.
The Marlins have now lost four in a row and seven out of eight. They sit at a disappointing 16-23 on the year and fell into last place in the National League East after the Phillies’ win over the Rockies tonight.
There was nothing too noteworthy about Jennings during the game, but there was an entertaining moment prior to the game, as Ichiro gave him a tie to wear over his uniform. It was a fitting joke to lighten the mood and Jennings appeared to get a kick out it:
Check out these awesome Batman cleats that Lance McCullers, Jr. wore in his major league debut tonight against the Athletics.
This is apparently within MLB rules. Matt Harvey, who has “Dark Knight” carved into his bats, is probably kicking himself for not thinking of this idea first.
As for how McCullers fared on the mound, he allowed one run on three hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings while striking out five. You can watch video of his first major league strikeout here.
Bud Norris has been sidelined since May 10 due to bronchitis and the Orioles have finally decided to place him on the 15-day disabled list.
According to Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that Norris has lost “significant weight” while battling the illness. He’ll be eligible to return on May 26 if he’s feeling better by then.
Norris has really struggled to begin the season, posting an ugly 9.88 ERA with 18 strikeouts and 13 walks in 27 1/3 innings over six starts. Mike Wright filled in on Sunday against the Angels and tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings in his major league debut. He deserves another opportunity.