Astros second baseman Jose Altuve hasn’t played since Friday due to a strained right hamstring, but Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that he’s available for tonight’s game against the Rockies and could return to the starting lineup tomorrow afternoon.
Altuve exited Friday’s game against the Mariners after he tweaked his hamstring trying to run out a ground ball in his second at-bat of the first inning against Felix Hernandez. He downplayed the severity of the issue, so a stint on the disabled list wasn’t deemed necessary, but the Astros are trying to play things safe in order to avoid a setback.
After his monster 2014, the 25-year-old Altuve is batting .290/.330/.395 with five home runs, 27 RBI, and 17 steals through 61 games this season.
After losing Josh Hamilton to a hamstring injury earlier this month, the Rangers had to place outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. on the 15-day disabled list today with a left hamstring strain.
DeShields, who is batting .269/.358/.386 with 12 RBI and 13 steals in 48 games this season, suffered the injury yesterday while trying to track down a fly ball off the bat of Twins outfielder Shane Robinson in the sixth inning. According to Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest, he’s expected to miss around three weeks.
The Rangers have called up second baseman Rougned Odor to replace DeShields on the active roster. The 21-year-old was demoted last month after batting just .144 with one home run and a .486 OPS over his first 29 games this season, but he put up a monster .352/.426/.639 batting line with five home runs and 19 RBI in 30 games with Triple-A Round Rock.
With DeShields out, Joey Gallo is making his first major league start in left field tonight against the Dodgers. He made six starts in left field during his time with Double-A Frisco this season and it’s possible he could stick there when Adrian Beltre returns from his thumb injury.
Russell Martin played hero for the second straight day as the Blue Jays defeated the Red Sox 5-4 in 11 innings this afternoon at Fenway Park in Boston. Toronto extended their winning streak to 10 games in the process while Boston have now lost five in a row.
Flipping the script from last night, the Blue Jays grabbed an early 4-0 lead against Clay Buchholz with three runs in the top of the third inning and one in the fourth. The Red Sox quickly battled back against R.A. Dickey with three in the fourth inning and a game-tying solo homer from David Ortiz in the sixth.
The game remained tied until Martin hit a long go-ahead solo homer off Matt Barnes in the top of the 11th. You can watch the home run here. Brett Cecil sat down the Red Sox in order in the bottom of the 11th for his second save in as many days.
Thanks to their recent surge, the Blue Jays are 33-30 on the year and sit just 1 1/2 games behind the Yankees for first place in the American League East. They are riding their longest winning streak since they won 11 straight in 2013.
With the Athletics looking like one of the few obvious sellers leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, reliever Tyler Clippard figures to be a popular name. One surging team in the AL East has already reached out to express interest in a deal:
The Blue Jays were reportedly interested in Clippard over the winter, so it’s easy to understand why they are revisiting the possibility. The 30-year-old has functioned as Oakland’s closer this season, posting a 3.20 ERA and 22/13 K/BB ratio over 25 1/3 inning while going 9-for-11 in save opportunities. He’s making $8.3 million this season and will be a free agent this winter.
Brett Cecil is Toronto’s closer right now, but they haven’t needed him much in that capacity recently. He notched his first save since May 4 last night.
Just a few days after signing Sergio Santos to a minor league contract, the Yankees have promoted the right-hander to the major league bullpen.
Santos once saved 30 games for the White Sox in 2011, but he has dealt with injuries and ineffectiveness since. The 31-year-old is still capable of missing bats, but the problem is that he also misses the strike zone on the regular. He had an ugly 8.57 ERA with 18 walks in 21 innings with the Blue Jays last season and was designated for assignment by the Dodgers late last month after posting a 4.73 ERA with 15 strikeouts and seven walks over 13 1/3 innings.
Santos made one appearance with Double-A Trenton prior to his call-up. He’s replacing Esmil Rogers in New York’s bullpen.