A two-run homer by Junior Lake and some subsequent taunting set off a minor benches-clearing fracas between the host Marlins and visiting Cubs on Wednesday night in Miami …
HardballTalk’s official stance on bat flips and home run trots is well known — do them, have fun, baseball is supposed to be fun — but shushing the opposing dugout when you’re still down four runs deserves a little comeuppance. That was Lake’s first home run of the year. Maybe he was making a “No. 1” symbol.
Miami went on to defeat Chicago by a score of 7-3. Here’s a better look at Lake’s shush …
From J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News …
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is going out on a second minor-league rehabilitation stint Thursday with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. The Quakes are scheduled to begin a seven-game road trip through Lancaster (Thursday-Sunday) and Modesto (Monday-Wednesday).
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Puig should be able to return to the active major league roster sometime next week if he’s able to avoid further setbacks. Puig first began a rehab assignment on May 7, but he reaggravated his left hamstring a day later and got shut down for over three weeks. He hasn’t played in a game for Los Angeles since April 24.
Puig’s return creates some issues with Andre Ethier, Joc Pederson, and Alex Guerrero all playing well. But that is a good problem to have, and injuries and production levels usually sort these things out.
Puig, 24, was batting .279/.380/.465 through his first 50 plate appearances this season.
It sure sounds like the Yankees are going to be without Brian McCann for an extended period …
MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that McCann had to be removed from Wednesday afternoon’s 3-1 victory in Seattle after experiencing renewed soreness in his right foot. The foot has been giving him trouble for a couple of weeks, and McCann acknowledged after the game Wednesday that it especially gives him fits when he squats to catch. Which is, you know, a big problem for a guy who plays catcher.
McCann will undergo an MRI on Thursday back in New York City to determine if there’s structural damage in his right foot. John Ryan Murphy took over behind the plate on Wednesday. Gary Sanchez or Austin Romine could be on the way up from the minors ahead of Friday’s series opener against the Angels.
McCann, 31, is batting .248/.315/.452 with eight homers and 33 RBI in 45 games this season.
He is in the second year of a five-year, $85 million free agent agreement with the Yankees.
Jose Abreu had not appeared in a game for the White Sox since making an early exit last Friday night with lingering irritation in his right index finger. But he is starting at DH and batting third in his return to action Wednesday night against the Rangers.
Abreu has dealt with the finger injury on and off for much of the 2015 campaign and it may continue to bother him for the rest of the summer. The 28-year-old Cuban slugger is batting .282/.340/.481 with eight home runs and 29 RBI in 46 games this season after batting .317/.383/.581 with 36 home runs and 107 RBI in 145 games last season. He was named the 2014 American League Rookie of the Year.
Quite a splash here for the early-June market …
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Mariners — who were just swept at home by the Yankees — have acquired slugger Mark Trumbo and left-hander Vidal Nuno from the Diamondbacks in exchange for catcher Welington Castillo, right-hander Dominic Leone, middle infielder Jack Reinheimer, and outfielder Gabby Guerrero.
The six-player swap has been confirmed by the Diamondbacks, who needed to clear a spot in their outfield for Yasmany Tomas with third baseman Jake Lamb due back next week from a foot injury.
Trumbo adds some more power to a Mariners lineup that has greatly underperformed in 2015. The 29-year-old had registered a .506 slugging percentage with nine home runs and 23 RBI in 46 games this season for Arizona, though that has come alongside a weak .259 batting average and .299 on-base percentage.
Trumbo is a somewhat overrated player — the dingers can blind you — but it’s not like the Mariners gave up much to get him. Castillo was an expendable catcher and Leone has struggled mightily this year at the major league level. The two prospects in the deal — Reinheimer and Guerrero — are not of the top-100 variety. Of note, perhaps: Guerrero’s uncle is Vladimir Guerrero. Gabby has had a rough year at Double-A.
Trumbo is making $6.9 million this season and he’s arbitration-eligible for the final time in 2016.