Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy suffered a concussion when he was hit by a foul tip on September 8 and he was making little progress last week, but Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that he has been officially cleared to return to game action.
Lucroy won’t catch again this season for precautionary reasons. However, he’s available off the bench Thursday and could play some first base over the final week and a half of the season.
This has been a frustrating year for Lucroy, who also missed six weeks during the first half with a broken toe. The 29-year-old was finally looking more like himself prior to the concussion, but he’s batting just .259 with a .712 OPS overall this season. He had an .831 OPS from 2012-2014.
The Red Sox announced Thursday afternoon that they promoted Mike Hazen to be their new general manager. Hazen takes over for Ben Cherington, who resigned after the team hired former Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski as their president of baseball operations last month.
Hazen, a Massachusetts native, has been with the Red Sox organization for a decade in a number of different roles. He was named senior vice president/assistant general manager this January. The Angels recently interviewed him for their general manager opening.
According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, Dombrowski said this afternoon that he had a list of about 30 candidates for the open position. However, he only interviewed Hazen and Astros director of player development Quinton McCracken. He ultimately decided to stay in-house.
While Hazen has the title of GM and will be the pointman as the Red Sox attempt to get back on the winning track, he acknowledged this afternoon that Dombrowski “is going to be making the decisions in the end.”
Behind seven scoreless innings from David Price and a heck of late-inning escape from Brett Cecil, the Blue Jays beat the Yankees 4-2 on Monday night in the first game of a critical AL East showdown at Rogers Centre.
Price gave up just two hits and one walk while striking out seven batters. The Blue Jays got most of their offense early, scoring three runs in the first inning. Adam Warren didn’t make it out of the fourth inning for New York.
The Yankees finally got something going in the eighth, as Didi Gregorius walked and Dustin Ackley singled off Aaron Sanchez to begin the frame. Cecil took over from there and gave up an RBI single to Jacoby Ellsbury, but the southpaw escaped the jam by striking out Brett Gardner, Alex Rodriguez, and Brian McCann in succession. Young closer Roberto Osuna gave up a solo homer to Greg Bird with two outs in the ninth, but he was able to finish off the victory for his 17th save.
Price improved to 17-5 with the win and leads the American League with a 2.34 ERA. The southpaw has a 1.95 ERA over 10 starts with the Blue Jays. By the way, four of those starts have been against the Yankees. He has a 1.71 ERA in those outings. Talk about a difference-maker.
The Blue Jays lead the Yankees by 3 1/2 games in the American League East with 12 games to play. Their magic number sits at ten.
David Ortiz became the 27th player in MLB history to join the 500-home run club on September 12. After finishing a nine-game road trip, the Red Sox celebrated the accomplishment in a pre-game ceremony tonight at Fenway Park.
Ortiz was presented with a number of gifts, including a luxury SUV which was driven in from the outfield. Inside the vehicle were some of his old buddies, including Pedro Martinez, Jason Varitek, and Tim Wakefield.
You can watch the ceremony below:
Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com has more coverage from Ortiz’s special night.