As announced on the official transactions feed of Major League Baseball …
Soler wound up missing over a month with a sprained left ankle. He was just 2-for-13 on his four-game minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa and the 23-year-old returns Sunday to a relatively underwhelming .724 OPS. But he feels like a player who’s capable of breaking out in a huge way in the second half.
Soler put up a .903 OPS, five home runs, and 20 RBI over his first 24 major league games last year.
From the official Twitter account of the Baltimore Orioles …
Schoop originally landed on the disabled list on April 18 after being diagnosed with both a PCL tear and MCL strain in his left knee. So this was nearly a three-month absence.
The 23-year-old second baseman had three home runs in his first nine games this season.
Schoop smacked 16 home runs in 137 games last season despite a .598 OPS.
Josh Hamilton has a .954 OPS in 10 games with the Rangers. The problem is he’s only played in 10 games.
Hamilton had to be placed on the disabled list on May 31 — just a week after rejoining Texas — because of a Grade 2 left hamstring strain and now he’s probably headed back there with a groin problem.
“This is a guy we’d like to have for an extended period of time,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister told Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Saturday night. “I’m trying my best to figure this whole thing out with him and what is best for Josh.”
Texas lost 13-0 to the visiting Angels on July 4, dropping to 6 1/2 games back of the Astros in the American League West standings.
The best fireworks on July 4 came from the Angels.
Anaheim’s offense combined for five doubles, two homers, and 15 total hits Saturday in a 13-0 rout of the host Rangers. The only position player who didn’t manage a hit was a Mike Trout, though he did draw a walk in the top of the second inning and score a run after a hit-by-pitch in the top of the sixth.
Angels left-hander Hector Santiago cruised over seven innings, yielding just three hits and a walk to lower his already-shiny season ERA to 2.40.
Anaheim will be chasing a sweep Sunday night in Arlington, Texas. The club is four games back of the American League West-leading Astros.
Your box scores and AP recaps from Saturday’s slate …
Giants 3, Nationals 9
Rays 2, Yankees 3
Blue Jays 3, Tigers 8
Astros 1, Red Sox 6
Orioles 2, White Sox 3
Padres 1, Cardinals 2
Mariners 0, Athletics 2
Indians 0, Pirates 1
Twins 5, Royals 3
Phillies 5, Braves 9
Marlins 2, Cubs 7
Brewers 7, Reds 3
Mets 3, Dodgers 4
Angels 13, Rangers 0
Rockies 3, Diamondbacks 7