Colby Rasmus has rejoined the Cardinals’ lineup for today’s game against the Astros after missing the past four games with an abdominal injury.
I’m presuming that Rasmus isn’t fully healthy quite yet, but agreed to play anyway because the Cardinals are without both Lance Berkman and Matt Holliday, who left yesterday’s game with injuries.
Had Rasmus also not been able to play manager Tony La Russa might have trotted out a lineup crazy enough to make everyone forget that Albert Pujols started at third base the other day.
The Nationals recalled 19-year-old outfield prospect Juan Soto from Double-A Harrisburg on Sunday, per a team announcement. Soto is poised to become the youngest player in the league once he makes his official debut with the club, and the Nationals’ first teenager to enter the majors since Bryce Harper made his first appearance back in 2012.
Entering the 2018 season, Soto was ranked no. 2 in the Nationals’ system and 15th overall. He’s certainly lived up to the hype during his first two years of pro ball, blazing through Single-A, High-A and Double-A levels in 2018 alone. While he logged just eight games at the Double-A level prior to his promotion to the majors, he proved consistent across all three levels this spring and slashed a cumulative .362/.462/.757 with 14 home runs and a 1.218 OPS in 182 plate appearances.
It’s not entirely clear how soon or in what capacity the Nationals will utilize their youngest player, but Soto’s tear through the minors is sure to pave the road for a few opportunities on the big-league level. He’ll be available off the bench for Sunday’s series finale against the Dodgers.