Cubs right fielder Jorge Soler is absent from the starting lineup Tuesday night against the Marlins because of an ankle injury that he suffered late Monday while running out a ball to first base.
There’s no word yet on the severity of the injury, though beat reporter Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago says an MRI is scheduled for Wednesday.
Junior Lake is starting in right field and batting cleanup on Tuesday versus Miami, and Kris Bryant is drawing his first major league start in left field.
Soler entered the 2015 season to great hype after posting a .903 OPS with five home runs and 20 RBI over his first 24 major league games in 2014. The 23-year-old has batted just .265/.322/.402 so far this season.
Rangers prospect Joey Gallo punched a two-run single past White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche in his first career major league plate appearance. An argument could be made that it should have been ruled an error. There will be no such argument from the result of his second major league plate appearance …
The official distance on that two-run bomb was 418 feet. Gallo registered a pair of 40-homer seasons in the minor leagues and is now having an immediate impact as Adrian Beltre’s temporary fill-in at third base.
Rangers third base prospect Joey Gallo is making his major league debut on Tuesday evening at Globe Life Park and he smacked a two-run single in his first major league plate appearance …
That probably could have been scored an error, but he did hit it very hard. Gallo was batting .314/.425/.636 with nine home runs and 31 RBI in 34 games this season at Double-A Frisco when the Rangers decided to promote him to cover for Adrian Beltre’s thumb injury. Gallo had 42 home runs last year in the minors.
Check out this first-inning diving catch Tuesday from Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton …
It looked like he might keep sliding there, right on into the infield dirt. Hamilton entered play Tuesday night with a weak .223 batting average and .262 on-base percentage, but his defense has remained excellent.
As expected, the Padres have activated Yonder Alonso from the disabled list following a four-week absence due to a bone bruise in his right shoulder.
Alonso is starting at first base and batting fifth for the Friars on Tuesday night against the visiting Mets.
It will be his first major league game since May 7.
The 28-year-old was off to a very promising start before the injury, slashing .333/.427/.437 with one home run, 10 RBI, and 11 runs scored in 26 games. Yangervis Solarte served as San Diego’s primary first baseman while Alonso was on the shelf. Solarte is out of the starting lineup Tuesday.