MLB.com shares this highlight reel from Masahiro Tanaka’s first start since April 23 …
Tanaka allowed just three hits and one run over seven innings, striking out nine Seattle hitters. He probably could have gone the distance — his final pitch count was just 78 — but you can understand why Yankees manager Joe Girardi opted to play it safe. Tanaka missed five weeks with a right forearm strain and tendinitis in his right wrist. And the Japanese hurler also still has a partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.
From the official Twitter account of the Cincinnati Reds …
Byrd suffered a fractured right wrist on Tuesday night when he was struck by a pitch. He’s had previous fractures in that same area, and the Reds are still determining how much time he might miss. Brennan Boesch and Skip Schumaker will presumably share the playing time in left field for Cincinnati going forward.
Byrd got off to a sluggish start this season, but he was sporting a .953 OPS in 105 plate appearances since the beginning of May. The 37-year-old outfielder was acquired from the Phillies over the offseason for right-hander Ben Lively. Byrd is earning $8 million this season and carries an $8 million option for 2016.
Some positive news here for the Diamondbacks …
According to television play-by-play man Steve Berthiaume, third baseman Jake Lamb has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday with the Triple-A Reno Aces. Lamb has been out since April 21 with a left foot injury — he progressed much slower than expected — so the rehab assignment figures to last over a week.
Lamb was off to a tremendous start before the injury, batting .414/.514/.690 with one home run, four doubles, and nine RBI in 10 games.
The 24-year-old should be back in action for Arizona around the middle of June.
Veteran righty Justin Verlander was hoping to join the Tigers after making just one minor league rehab start, but he got shelled for three runs on six hits and two walks Sunday in a Triple-A outing that didn’t stretch beyond three innings. So Detroit will ask him to take one more turn on the farm.
Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Verlander is scheduled to make a second minor league rehab start this Saturday with the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens. It’s a near certainty that he will join the Detroit rotation after that, unless there’s some sort of physical setback.
Verlander has been out all season because of a right triceps strain.
The 32-year-old posted a disappointing 4.54 ERA and 1.40 WHIP across 206 innings in 2014.
Matt Holliday had reached base in 45 straight games to open the 2015 season — both a National League and Cardinals franchise record. That ended in the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday night at Busch Stadium when he struck out looking on a questionable call and then got tossed …
Holliday probably deserved to be ejected after all those theatrics, though the shooing motions from umpire Joe West were uncalled for. It was probably going to be Holliday’s final plate appearance of the night anyway.