After missing the past month with a sprained right thumb, Giants catcher Andrew Susac is back from the 15-day disabled list and will start behind the plate tonight for the start of a three-game series with the Cardinals in St. Louis. Hector Sanchez, who was serving as Buster Posey’s backup, was sent back down to Triple-A Sacramento to clear a spot on the active roster.
As Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com points out, Posey started 21 out of 26 games behind the plate while Susac was sidelined and got just one start at first base during that time. Posey is getting a day of rest Monday, but he should see some more playing time at first base now that Susac is back to full health. It should help keep him fresh for the stretch run.
Susac, 25, is batting .241/.309/.411 with three home runs and 11 RBI over 123 plate appearances this season.
It’s been a year of highlight reel plays for Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar. He added to his resume tonight with this diving catch to rob Twins rookie Miguel Sano of extra bases:
The Blue Jays finished off four-game sweep of the Twins with a 9-3 victory tonight. Winners of five straight and eight out of their last nine, they are now in the driver’s seat for the Wild Card spot in the American League. The Blue Jays sit 4 1/2 games behind the first-place Yankees in the American League East and will attempt to make up some ground with a three-game series in the Bronx this weekend.
This flew under the radar a bit with the news that Chase Utley is coming off the disabled list tomorrow, but the Phillies also announced this afternoon that Adam Loewen is headed back to the majors as a pitcher.
Loewen began his career as a pitcher with the Orioles, posting a 5.38 ERA over 29 starts and six relief appearances from 2006-2008 before suffering a pair of stress fractures in his throwing elbow. He made the conversion to position player from there and appeared in 14 games as an outfielder with the Blue Jays in 2011 while batting .188 (6-for-32) with one home run and four RBI. After bouncing around the minors for a couple of years, he decided to make the move back to the mound late last season. Now 31 years old, he has posted a 2.15 ERA with a 60/32 K/BB ratio over 46 relief innings in Triple-A this year while notching 10 saves.
Assuming Loewen ends up pitching in a game, he will have gone seven years between appearances. He’s quite an interesting story to follow.