It took until his 10th game, but Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton finally collected his first home run of the season with an opposite-field two-run shot against Mets right-hander Dillon Gee this evening. Check it out below:
Tonight’s blast had some extra meaning, as Stanton passed Dan Uggla to become the Marlins’ new all-time home run leader. He’s already at 155 career home runs. This is the 23rd season in franchise history and they haven’t had many good players stick around for long, so that explains the low number. Still, this is a damn impressive accomplishment for someone who just started his age-25 season. It’s safe to say Stanton is going to create lots of distance on that list.
By the way, you’ll notice that Stanton was wearing the protective face mask on helmet. He ditched it against against a left-hander on Tuesday night, but it looks like he’ll be using it regularly against right-handers.
Bad news here for the Blue Jays, as shortstop Jose Reyes was forced to leave tonight’s game against the Rays after the first inning due to soreness in his left rib area.
Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com notes that Reyes has been trying to play through an oblique injury of late. That usually doesn’t end well. He was “very frustrated” after leaving the game and slammed his helmet before going into the clubhouse, so one wonders if a trip to the disabled list could be next.
Reyes was limited to 93 games in 2013, but he managed to stay mostly healthy last season while batting .287/.328/.398 with nine home runs, 51 RBI, and 30 stolen bases over 143 games. The 31-year-old is hitting .324 (12-for-37) through 10 games this season.
Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez tweaked his right hamstring while running to first base in the ninth inning last night and Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that he’s now headed to the 15-day disabled list.
Gomez is dealing with a slight “defect” or “tear” in his hamstring and was given a cortisone shot. Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said that he’ll be reevaluated next week to see if he’ll need to miss more than the minimum 15 days.
Missing Gomez for any length of time is a tough blow for the Brewers, who are off to a disappointing 2-7 start to begin the year and have been struggling offensively. Gerardo Parra figures to see most of the playing time in center field during his absence.
Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner hasn’t played since he suffered a bone bruise in his right wrist when he was hit by a pitch in Monday’s game against the Orioles, but Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that he is expected to return to the starting lineup tomorrow night against the Rays at Tropicana Field.
Gardner said Wednesday that he was “happy” with how he felt and was “headed in the right direction,” but he underwent an MRI today in Tampa which confirmed the initial diagnosis from Monday’s X-rays. That should be enough to clear him to return.
Gardner, who set career-highs with 17 homers and 58 RBI in 2014, is batting .261 (6-for-23) with one home run and a .393 on-base percentage over six games so far this season.
While it took a little bit longer than he would have liked, Evan Gattis finally has his first hit with the Astros.
Gattis entered tonight’s action 0-for-20 with 12 strikeouts through his first five games this season. He lined out, grounded out, and struck out in his first three at-bats tonight against the Athletics to extend his hitless streak to a ghastly 0-for-23, but he was finally able to get off the schneid with a single to left field in the top of the ninth inning. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Gattis elicited the biggest cheers of the night from the home crowd at Minute Maid Park. That has to feel good after he was booed for striking out in eight straight plate appearances last week.
Taking things back even further, this was actually Gattis’ first hit since last September 6. Brian McTaggart of MLB.com notes that he was 0-for-36 during that time.