David Ortiz wanted Mark Teixeira for one of the three openings for next week’s Home Run Derby, but the Yankees first baseman has decided to stay home after being snubbed from the AL roster for the All-Star Game.
Teixeira had indicated that he would have taken part in the Derby if he were making the trip to Phoenix anyway. However, since he wasn’t named to the AL squad today, it’s hard to blame the guy for preferring to take a few days off.
With Teixeira out of the mix, Ortiz could turn to fellow Yankee Curtis Granderson. Granderson ranks third in the AL with 22 homers, three behind Teixeira and five behind Jose Bautista in first place. Another possibility is Ortiz’s own teammate, Adrian Gonzalez.
It’d also seem to make it more likely that Josh Hamilton will be asked to join Ortiz and Bautista among the AL’s four representatives.
Pirates right-hander Joe Musgrove is done for the year after suffering an abdominal wall muscle strain and stress reaction in his pelvic bone. While he isn’t expected to undergo surgery or miss additional time in 2019, he’s been prescribed six weeks of rest before resuming any baseball-related activities.
Musgrove, 25, finished out his third year in Pittsburgh with a 6-9 record in 19 starts, backed by a 4.06 ERA, 1.8 BB/9, and 7.8 SO/9. Despite logging a career-high 115 1/3 innings at the major league level, he’s also been dogged by a string of injuries, from the shoulder strain that robbed him of eight weeks at the start of the season to an index finger infection that kept him sidelined for a minimum 10-day stay on the disabled list in June.
While he works his way back up to full strength yet again, rookie right-hander Nick Kingham is expected to cover for him and will make a spot start during the Pirates’ series finale against the Brewers on Sunday. The 26-year-old righty hasn’t started a single game for the team since August 1, and currently carries a 4.69 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.1 SO/9 over 71 innings out of the rotation and bullpen.