White Sox reliever Matt Albers was placed on the disabled list April 25 after suffering a compression fracture in his right pinkie during Chicago’s brawl with the Royals on April 23 at U.S. Cellular Field.
The hope was that a little rest and rehab would heal the injury, but he hadn’t been making much progress and now Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that Albers underwent surgery on Tuesday. The 32-year-old righty is expected to be out 6-8 weeks.
Albers had allowed just one run in 5 2/3 innings of relief this season for the Pale Hose, striking out five batters and issuing only one walk. He was signed to a minor league contract in February.
George Springer has been robbing opponents all season, and he did it again Tuesday night …
But the Astros wound up falling 7-1 to the visiting Rangers and have now lost two straight games. They still have a cool 18-9 record, good enough for first place in the American League West standings.
Some very good news here for the Marlins …
According to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, outfielder Christian Yelich — who has been sidelined since April 19 with a bulging disk in his lower back — is expected to return from the disabled list this Friday. Yelich began a minor league rehab assignment on Sunday at High-A Jupiter and has tallied one hit and two walks over six plate appearances so far.
Yelich was off to a really rough start this season for Miami, batting just .200/.265/.222 with zero homers, one stolen base, and 13 strikeouts through 49 plate appearances. The 23-year-old hit .284/.362/.402 with nine homers, 21 steals, and 94 runs scored in 144 games last season and then landed a seven-year, $49.57 million contract extension in March.
Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco hasn’t started a game since April 11 due to a left hip impingement, but Cincinnati management has opted against placing him on the disabled list because they like having him around as a bench bet. He has zero hits in seven plate appearances in that role, by the way.
Mesoraco is still unable to squat and acknowledged to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer on Tuesday that he might need surgery to get over the injury — a surgery that would come with a four-month rehab.
“We’re doing everything we can to stop that from happening,” said Mesoraco. “We’ve done PRP (platelet-rich plasma injections). We did cortisone. We did lubricating injections. We’re trying to do the best we can to go out and finish the season. It’s frustrating. This isn’t what I expected going into the year.”
Cincinnati is currently seven games back of the first-place Cardinals in the National League Central standings. If that gap grows — and it probably will — the surgery will surely get more serious consideration.
Mesoraco, 26, registered an .893 OPS with 25 home runs and 80 RBI in 114 games last year.
Watch as Reds third baseman Todd Frazier slugs a solo shot on Tuesday in Pittsburgh …
Frazier’s last five hits have been home runs and he has now leapfrogged Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez for the National League lead in that category (at nine total). Frazier is probably going to be named the National League captain for this year’s Home Run Derby at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.