Aaron Harang threw a bullpen session yesterday as he recovers from a foot injury, but manager Bud Black told Dan Hayes of the North County Times that the right-hander is unlikely to rejoin the Padres’ rotation before the All-Star break.
Harang provided a nice return on the Padres’ modest $4 million offseason investment by throwing 80 innings with a 3.71 ERA and 55/25 K/BB ratio before being placed on the disabled list three weeks ago, posting a 7-2 record after going 18-38 in his final three seasons with the Reds.
Harang told Hayes that he’s “itching to get back” but also understands why the Padres would play it safe in an effort to get him at full strength for the second half, when they may look to trade him to a contender in need of some short-term rotation help. He’s under contract for $3.5 million year, with a $5 million option or $500,000 buyout for 2012.
Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres was born on December 13, 1996. That year, Bartolo Colon (who turns 45 years old on Thursday) was wrapping up a season he spent with Double-A Canton-Akron and Triple-A Buffalo. He would debut in the majors the following April.
In a clash of generations, the 21-year-old Torres and Colon squared off on Monday as the Yankees visited the Rangers. Torres won the battle twice, drilling a two-run home run off of Colon in the second inning and a solo shot off of Colon in the fourth. Colon wound up giving up six runs in total on eight hits (including four homers) and a walk with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
Here is video of the first homer Torres hit:
Torres is the second-youngest Yankee in club history with a multi-homer game. Mickey Mantle was 20 years and 296 days old when he went yard twice on August 11, 1952. Torres is 21 years, 159 days old. Joe DiMaggio was 21-212 when he hit two on June 24, 1936.
So much for respecting one’s elders. We’re currently seeing a youth movement in baseball. 19-year-old Juan Soto hit his first major league homer on Monday against the Padres. 20-year-olds Ronald Acuña and Mike Soroka debuted for the Braves earlier this year. Could 19-year-old Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. join them soon?