Tigers to call up 2010 supplemental first-round pick Chance Ruffin

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Chance Ruffin, the 48th overall selection in the 2010 MLB draft, will be the second player from last year’s class to make his major league debut after the Tigers call him up Monday.

Detroit announced the move after Sunday’s game.  Lester Oliveros will be sent down to make room for Ruffin in the pen.

Ruffin, a University of Texas product, was just promoted to Triple-A Toledo at the end of last month.  He had a 2.00 ERA and seven saves in eight appearances there, and he was 3-3 with 17 saves, a 2.09 ERA and a 55/20 K/BB ratio in 43 innings for the season.

Chance is following the same path to the majors as his father, Bruce Ruffin, who was taken in the second round out of the University of Texas in 1985 and reached the majors just a year later.  Bruce went on to amass a 4.19 ERA and 63 saves in 12 big-league seasons.

Chance Ruffin joins the White Sox’s Chris Sale as the only 2010 draft products currently in the majors.

Aaron Judge has a “pretty significant strain” of his oblique

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In case you missed it over the weekend, the New York Yankees suffered yet another huge blow when another huge star went on the injured list. The star: Aaron Judge, who strained his oblique during Saturday’s 9-2 win over the Royals.

Yesterday the Yankees placed him on the injured list. In so doing, Yankees manager Aaron Boone called it a “pretty significant strain in there.” The team did not offer a timeline, but Boone said they’ll monitor Judge for a couple of weeks to see where he is. Oblique strains, however, can cause a player to miss a lot of time. Four to six weeks is not unheard of for even moderate oblique strains. Guys with major strains have missed months.

Judge is the Yankees’ 13th player currently on the injured list and is the 14th Yankees player to visit it overall on the young season. Joining him there at the moment :

It’s an All-Star team’s worth of injuries. It’s such a good group of players that Ellsbury couldn’t even make the starting lineup of the all-injured team.

Though we often ignore it in season-long narratives of successful and unsuccessful teams, choosing to focus on great or poor performances, the fact of the matter is that team health is almost always a big, big factor in who wins and who loses. No one is going to cry for the Yankees here, of course, but at some point there are just too many injuries to overcome. One has to wonder if New York has reached that point yet.