The Giants acquired Marlon Byrd from the Reds earlier this month after Hunter Pence went down with an oblique injury, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports they aren’t done trying to make some tweaks to their roster.
De Aza really struggled with the Orioles earlier this year, but he’s batting .292 with 18 extra-base hits (including four home runs), 25 RBI, and an .831 OPS in 60 games since joining the Red Sox in June. Boston is understandably running Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, and Jackie Bradley, Jr. out there on most days right now, but De Aza could be a useful piece for a contender in a part-time or bench role.
The clock is ticking on the possibility, as the Giants must get a deal done by the end of the day today in order to have De Aza eligible for the postseason. Stay tuned.
Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that the Dodgers have placed outfielder Yasiel Puig on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring injury. Infield prospect Jose Peraza has been recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Puig left Thursday night’s game against the Reds after trying to leg out an infield single against Aroldis Chapman. The hamstring injury is his second of the season, as he also missed time between April 25 and June 5 with a left hamstring strain. He hits the shelf batting .256/.324/.440 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI in 306 plate appearances.
Peraza, acquired from the Braves on July 30 as part of a three-team trade that also included the Marlins, batted .167 over six at-bats in his first stint in the majors earlier this month. MLB.com rated him the 38th-best overall prospect in baseball entering the 2015 season.
Dodgers utility man Enrique Hernandez did his best to catch up to the heat from Reds closer Aroldis Chapman this afternoon. It didn’t go so well initially, as he nearly swung out of his shoes. Check it out below:
Hernandez picked himself up, dusted himself off and eventually put the ball in play, reaching on an error by Brandon Phillips. That qualifies as redemption in my book.
Hernandez took to Twitter after the game to explain his swing against Chapman.
Sounds reasonable to me. Somebody should really look into that.
This afternoon’s game against the Reds could be a costly one for the Dodgers, as first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and right fielder Yasiel Puig both exited with injuries.
Gonzalez fouled a ball off his left knee and, after initially remaining in the game, eventually exited with what the Dodgers are calling a contusion.
Puig re-tweaked his right hamstring beating out an infield single off Aroldis Chapman in the ninth inning and immediately the game.
Great moments in Playing the Game the Right Way. During and after last night’s shellacking at the hands of the Astros, Yankees manager Joe Girardi and catcher John Ryan Murphy suggested that Carlos Gomez do just that after Gomez got mad at himself for popping up a pitch.
“I just told him, ‘Play the game the right way. They’re kicking our rear ends. Show a little professionalism to the pitcher. I know you missed a pitch and are frustrated by it, but I just think it’s a little too much.”
“I don’t think there’s any place for that, especially in a 9-0 game,” Murphy said. “He’s an energetic guy. Everybody knows that. We respect him as a baseball player, just, there’s a right way and a wrong way to play the game.”
Gomez being Gomez should not, at this point, be the cause of consternation. But heck, even if it wasn’t Gomez, I still don’t understand the rules about when it’s OK or not OK to be mad at themselves for not doing what they planned. Pitchers have, for years, yelled at the top of their lungs, gestured wildly, sunk to their knees, shouted into their gloves and any number of other things when they’ve given up a homer or failed to make the pitch they want. No one ever says boo to that.
But if a hitter gets mad at himself for not putting a good swing on a pitch, it’s a crisis of ethics. Madison Bumgarner and Chris Carpenter are famous for taking issue with hitters who are disappointed in themselves. The Yankees entire bench last night did too. It makes zero sense.
Play your own damn game. Let Carlos Gomez play his.