Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera will test his injured left calf by running the bases and taking live batting practice on Tuesday, MLB.com’s Alejandro Zúñiga reports. Cabrera has been out since July 4 with a Grade 3 calf strain.
Manager Brad Ausmus doesn’t care much how Cabrera fares hitting; he’s more focused on the running.
“The important thing is that he comes through the baserunning portion,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Sunday morning. “He’s been hitting on the field, so I’m not really concerned about the live batting practice.
“It’s the baserunning that we need to get him past before the next step can be taken.”
If all goes well, Ausmus says Cabrera could rejoin the Tigers towards the end of their eight-game road trip which concludes on August 19, or for the beginning of a four-game homestand starting August 20 against the Rangers.
Cabrera hit the disabled list batting .350/.456/.578 with 15 home runs and 54 RBI. Despite a relative decline in power, the batting line is otherwise reminiscent of his 2013 line when he won the AL MVP Award in a second consecutive season.
Justin Masterson allowed a solo home run to Jefry Marte in his one inning of relief in Sunday’s win against the Tigers. The Red Sox designated him for assignment after the game, as Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.
The Red Sox signed Masterson to a one-year, $9.5 million deal in December despite his struggles in 2014 with the Indians and Cardinals. The right-hander had put together a few solid seasons, including in 2011 and 2013, but he never could get going.
Masterson compiled a 5.61 ERA with a 1.60 WHIP and a 49/27 K/BB ratio over 59 1/3 innings — split between nine starts and nine relief appearances — for the Red Sox this season.
If the Blue Jays are going to make a move on the Yankees for the AL East, this is the weekend in which they should get moving. And so far, so good: Jose Bautista homered with one out in the 10th inning to give the Jays their sixth straight win and to pull them to within three and a half games of the Bronx Bombers.
All the runs scored in the game came on homers: Bautista’s in the tenth and one each from Mark Teixeira and Josh Donaldson. The dingers not withstanding, it was a pitching duel, with R.A. Dickey allowing only one run over seven innings and Nate Eovaldi allowing the same while pitching into the seventh. Dickey was the second knuckleballer the Yankees faced in two days and they’re likely happy to be done with them.
Of course, they have to face David Price this afternoon, and it’s not like that’s leaps and bounds better, right?
Blue Jays 2, Yankees 1
Cubs 7, Giants 3
Pirates 5, Dodgers 4
Rockies 5, Nationals 4
Red Sox 7, Tigers 2
Twins 10, Indians 9
Mets 4, Rays 3
Braves 6, Marlins 3
Royals 3, White Sox 2
Cardinals 6, Brewers 0
Diamondbacks 2, Reds 0
Angels 8, Royals 4
Athletics 3, Astros 1
Mariners 4, Rangers 3
Phillies 4, Padres 3
Update (10:18 PM EST): Here’s video of the altercation, via MLB.com.
TV cameras caught a disagreement between Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias and catcher James McCann, among others. McCann, it seems, was upset that Iglesias appeared to give up on a Rusney Castillo single with two outs in the sixth inning. The Red Sox scored two runs on the next play, a double by Xander Bogaerts, which increased the Tigers’ deficit to 7-2.
Iglesias and McCann were seen yelling at each other, and Iglesias shoved McCann. The two were separated by teammates Nick Castellanos and Ian Kinsler. Anthony Gose had some words with Iglesias in the dugout later.
It’ll be interesting to see what comes of this after the game.
The Detroit Free Press reports that former Detroit Tigers pitcher Evan Reed was sentenced following his acceptance of a plea deal in the sexual assault case against him. Last month he pleased no contest to a lesser assault charge — not considered a sex crime — and today was sentenced to a year of probation, 120 hours of community service and $4,480 in restitution for medical expenses.
This marks the end of a long and drawn-out case arising out of the March 2014 assault. Rape charges were initially dismissed by a judge but reinstated on appeal. The plea, which prosecutors considered to be “in the best interests of justice” was strongly opposed by the victim who continues to maintain that she was forcibly raped by Reed.
Reed was released by the Tigers following the the 2014 season. He has not pitched anywhere this year.
(thanks to Historiophiliac for the heads up)