Interesting lineup note for the Rangers today, as rookie Joey Gallo is starting in center field against the Blue Jays. Let’s just say that he doesn’t have much in the way of experience at the position…
Gallo has appeared in 13 games in left field this season between the majors and the minors, but otherwise he has exclusively played third base. However, he’s getting the nod over the struggling Leonys Martin in center field this afternoon.
Adrian Beltre returned from his thumb injury this week and the Rangers are close to getting Josh Hamilton and Delino DeShields, Jr. back from the disabled list, so Gallo could be headed down to the minors soon. The 21-year-old is batting .224/.306/.461 with five home runs and 10 RBI over his first 22 games in the majors. He has struck out in 42.4 percent of his plate appearances.
UPDATE: According to the Mets’ official Twitter account, manager Terry Collins said he’s hopeful Murphy will return on Tuesday.
11:33 a.m. ET: The Mets have scored two runs or fewer in five straight games and eight out of their last nine, but they are about to get some help for their struggling offense.
No, I’m not talking about a trade, but Daniel Murphy is close to returning from the disabled list. Out since June 4 with a strained quad, Murphy went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI on Friday in his second minor league rehab game with High-A St. Lucie. He also played eight innings at third base.
According to Kieran Darcy of ESPN New York, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said yesterday that Murphy would be re-evaluated on Saturday morning, so it’s possible he could be activated as soon as today. If not, his return will come Sunday or early next week.
With David Wright’s status in limbo due to a back injury, Murphy will take over as the starting third baseman. The Mets are also expected to move Wilmer Flores over to second base and play Ruben Tejada at shortstop.
Murphy, 30, is batting .283/.335/.414 with four home runs and 29 RBI over 55 games this season.
The Dodgers signed left-hander Brett Anderson to a one-year, $10 million contract over the winter even though injuries had limited him to a total of 123 innings at the major league level between 2012-2014. It has proven to be a wise gamble thus far.
Anderson struck out a season-high 10 batters over seven innings of one-run ball in a 7-1 win over the Marlins last night. He gave up just five hits and one walk, with the only run scoring on a ground out from Adeiny Hechavarria in the first inning. Amazingly, he allowed just one fly ball in the 25 batters he faced while inducing 13 grounders.
Anderson now has a 3.13 ERA and 62/24 K/BB ratio in 89 innings across 15 starts this season. Meanwhile, his ground ball rate of 68.7 percent is the highest among major league starters. The 27-year-old has allowed two earned runs or fewer in six out of his last seven starts and has gone at least seven innings in four of them. He has already logged his most innings in a season since his age-22 season in 2010 with the Athletics. His career veered off track after that due to a long list of injuries, but not only is he healthy right now, he’s thriving. It’s easy to get overlooked on a staff which also includes Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, but his steady presence has been important for a rotation which has lost Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy to injury.
UPDATE: Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that Stanton needs surgery for a broken hamate bone and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. This confirms a report from ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian.
9:30 a.m. ET: Troubling news here for the Marlins, as FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that slugger Giancarlo Stanton has a broken bone in his left hand. Exact details aren’t yet known, but Stanton was set to undergo X-rays after feeling pain in his hand during last night’s game.
According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, Stanton said he began feeling discomfort in the sixth inning last night when he swung and missed against Dodgers left-hander Brett Anderson. He could be seen shaking his hand before continuing the at-bat, which ended with a strikeout:
“It’s just pain where I grip the bat,” Stanton said. “I think it just kind of got worse and worse.”
Stanton stayed in the game and struck out again in the ninth inning, this time against right-hander Pedro Baez. He was in obvious pain. You can watch the initial injury and his ninth-inning at-bat below:
You can’t help but be worried about a possible hamate bone injury, which would likely put him out for several weeks. It’s also the kind of injury that is known to sap a player’s power upon their return. Stanton is a ton of fun to watch regardless of your rooting interest. It’s a big loss for baseball in general.
Stanton currently leads the majors with 27 home runs and 67 RBI.
It stinks that Giancarlo Stanton is going to be out for a while with a broken bone in his hand, so let’s watch a neat play from Rays outfielder Steven Souza Jr. to try to cheer ourselves up:
This is in a completely different category than the Josh Donaldson catch from the other day. In fact, it’s a lot closer to the Derek Jeter play, where the momentum took him into the stands. Still, the concentration needed to make this play and hang on to the ball while not seriously injuring himself was pretty impressive.