After missing two games with an ankle injury, Adam Jones is back in the Orioles’ lineup as the designated hitter tonight against the Astros.
Jones sprained his left ankle on a slide into home plate on Thursday night and hasn’t played since Friday, but the swelling has subsided and he told Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com that he felt fine after running in the outfield this afternoon. While he’d rather be playing center field, he acknowledged that he shouldn’t “try to be Superman right now.”
Jones is off to another strong start this season, batting .304/.343/.457 with six home runs and 26 RBI across 48 games.
After seeing his team lose three out of four to the Indians over the weekend — including an extra-inning loss on Sunday — Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon has decided to shake things up for Monday’s game against the Yankees.
The big change, aside from Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz each moving up a spot in the order, is Logan Morrison at the top. This will be his first start out of the leadoff spot in his career. Morrison doesn’t offer the speed most usually associate with a leadoff man, but he’s been doing a nice job getting on base recently. While he has a .240/.321/.389 batting line on the year, he posted a .379 on-base percentage in May to go along with just as many walks (16) as strikeouts (16). It’s worth a shot, especially since Austin Jackson has a lowly .303 on-base percentage dating back to the start of 2014.
Jose Fernandez isn’t the only pitcher working his way back for the Marlins. According to Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald, Mat Latos threw a bullpen session today at Marlins Park and is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment later this week.
Latos has been sidelined since May 21 due to left knee inflammation. After watching today’s bullpen session, Marlins manager Dan Jennings said that it “looks like his knee is definitely feeling stronger.” The plan calls for him to make two rehab starts before the team considers bringing him back.
It’s been a struggle for Latos so far this season. The Marlins were expecting him to be a big piece in their rotation after acquiring him from the Reds over the winter, but he owns an ugly 6.12 ERA and 36/16 K/BB ratio in 42 2/3 innings over nine starts.
As for the other sidelined Fish, Jarred Cosart pitched in an extended spring training game today after hitting the disabled list due to vertigo earlier this month. Henderson Alvarez is likely the furthest away in the group, as he’s still dealing with shoulder inflammation and isn’t expected to play catch again for another week.
David Ortiz is back in the starting lineup for the Red Sox tonight after getting two days off to work on his swing. The veteran slugger will bat third against Rangers right-hander Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez, who will be making his major league debut.
Ortiz is currently mired in a 1-for-20 slump. The 39-year-old is batting just .216/.303/.377 with six home runs and 18 RBI through 43 games this season.
According to Cody Stavenhagen of MLB.com, Ortiz spent the past two days going through a normal routine and has been trying to figure out his swing by working in the cage and watching video. Will it work? Take it away, Professor Ortiz…
The Dodgers have activated catcher Yasmani Grandal from the 7-day concussion disabled list. He’s back in the starting lineup for tonight’s game against the Cardinals.
Grandal suffered a concussion when he was hit by the backswing of Padres infielder Yangervis Solarte last Friday, so he ended up missing exactly seven games. He went 3-for-10 with a double and five walks over three minor league rehab games with Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Acquired from the Padres over the winter in the Matt Kemp deal, Grandal was off to an excellent start prior to hitting the disabled list, putting up a .291/.403/.466 batting line with four home runs and 17 RBI over 33 games. He nearly has as many walks (20) as strikeouts (23).