From beat writer T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com comes word that Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin aggravated his sprained left wrist Monday night when he got jammed by an inside pitch. Martin is not in the Rangers’ lineup on Tuesday against the Royals and he could be looking at an extended absence.
Martin missed four straight games last week with the same injury and it obviously hadn’t fully healed. The 27-year-old was batting just .209/.246/.278 through his first 123 plate appearances this season.
Delino DeShields Jr. is playing center field and batting ninth for the Rangers on Tuesday night.
Big story here from Joel Sherman of the New York Post …
One of the most vital moments of this season will occur Thursday at a breakfast meeting in Los Angeles between Troy Tulowitzki and his longtime agent, Paul Cohen.
The two will decide whether it is time to ask Rockies management for a trade.
“To say that it is not a possibility would be silly,” Cohen told The Post by phone.
Tulo hinted pretty loudly last year that he wanted out of Colorado, and the Rockies again look like a non-contender.
So it sounds like the volume might be ready to pick up from the star shortstop’s camp.
In a followup, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal says the Rockies are not ready to talk about a Tulowitzki trade and are instead searching for pitching that would come at a “low acquisition cost.” Good luck with that.
Tulowitzki began the 2015 season with six years and $118 million left on his contract.
The 30-year-old is batting .307/.317/.495 with two homers and 10 RBI in 28 games.
Astros right fielder George Springer was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list May 6 after ramming his head into the outfield wall at Minute Maid Park while making a spectacular grab on the night of May 5. But there’s good news on that front.
According to beat writer Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, Springer has been cleared to play in a minor league rehab game on Tuesday evening at Double-A Corpus Christi and is expected to rejoin the Astros on Wednesday in Houston for the second game of a two-game series against the Giants.
Springer had tallied four home runs, 10 stolen bases, and 14 runs scored in 27 games before landing on the 7-day disabled list. The 25-year-old had 20 homers and 51 RBI in 78 games last season as a rookie.
Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen broke out an interesting ritual Sunday after a lineout …
McCutchen doubled in his next at-bat and then came around to score as the Pirates defeated the division-rival Cardinals 4-3, taking two of three games from St. Louis in the big weekend series. Whatever works.
Michael Pineda hurled eight scoreless innings in a win last Tuesday against the Blue Jays, striking out six batters and issuing only one walk to move to 4-0 on the season. He was arguably even more dominant on Sunday, tallying a career-high 16 strikeouts and walking none over seven innings of one-run ball as the Yankees beat the Orioles 6-2 in The Bronx.
Pineda is the first pitcher in Yankees history to register a 16-strikeout, zero-walk game and it’s just the 22nd pitching line of that kind in the history of Major League Baseball. The franchise record for most strikeouts in a game belongs to Ron Guidry, who whiffed 18 on June 17, 1978.
Pineda is now 5-0 with a stellar 2.72 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 54/3 K/BB ratio in 46 1/3 innings this season.
And the Yankees are in first place in the American League East with a record of 20-12.
Jesus Montero, meanwhile, is playing first base for the Mariners’ Triple-A team.