Kole Calhoun has been out of the Angels’ starting lineup since Saturday with tightness in his right calf. He was able to pinch hit on Monday in Arlington, Texas — and even roped an RBI single — but the calf apparently didn’t respond too well to that.
Calhoun is out again Tuesday and told MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez that he doesn’t think he’ll be able to return to action until Friday, at the earliest. “It’s not there yet,” said the Angels’ regular leadoff man.
Erick Aybar is at the top of Anaheim’s batting order on Tuesday night against the Rangers and Collin Cowgill is playing right field.
Calhoun, 27, batted .272/.325/.450 with 17 home runs, 58 RBI, and 90 runs in 127 games last season.
Frightening scene at Cleveland’s Progressive Field.
Indians starter Carlos Carrasco had to leave on a cart Tuesday evening after getting struck in the left side of his face by a Melky Cabrera line drive. The ball first glanced off Carrasco’s right wrist and then ricocheted, but that didn’t do much to soften the blow. He was face-down in front of the mound for about a minute before trainers slowly helped him to his feet. Carrasco was able to walk to the cart under his own power, so we’ll take that as a positive sign.
Carrasco was a breakout star for the Indians in 2014, posting a spectacular 1.69 ERA and 117 strikeouts across his final 112 innings.
The 28-year-old right-hander fanned 10 over 6 1/3 scoreless frames in his 2015 debut last week in Houston.
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Yasiel Puig went 3-for-5 with a home run in the Dodgers’ win over the Mariners on Monday and he was the supplier of a Gatorade bath for 10th-inning hero Alex Guerrero, but Puig came out of the game with some hamstring discomfort and he is not in the starting lineup for Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Andre Ethier will start in right field vs. Seattle.
Puig is batting .222/.300/.481 with two home runs and three RBI in six games this season for the Dodgers, who have a record of 4-3.
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As first reported by MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich has been scratched from the starting lineup for Tuesday evening’s game against the Braves because of tightness in his back. Ichiro Suzuki will get the start in left field and bat second against Atlanta right-hander Trevor Cahill.
Yelich might also be rested Wednesday because the Fish have an afternoon game at Turner Field. They will then travel to Citi Field on Thursday for the beginning of a four-game series against the Mets.
Yelich, 23, is off to a 7-for-27 (.259) start this season.
He signed a seven-year, $49.57 million contract extension with Miami in late March.
Just moments after we posted the video of Miguel Cabrera’s first home run of the 2015 season, Miggy went and slugged this solo bomb off Indians reliever Austin Adams …
Cabrera finished the day 4-for-4 with three runs scored and four RBI. He’s batting .520/.586/.840 over his first 29 plate appearances this season and the Tigers are off to a 6-0 start.