Once upon a time Julio Borbon looked like he might be the Rangers’ long-term answer in center field, but he fell behind Leonys Martin and Craig Gentry on the depth chart and today they designated the former first-round pick for assignment.
Borbon is still just 27 years old and actually fared pretty well at Triple-A last season, hitting .304 with 10 homers, 20 steals, and a .783 OPS in 126 games. He’s also held his own reasonably well in the majors, batting .283 with a .681 OPS in 216 games, although he hasn’t played regularly in the big leagues since 2010.
He no longer looks like a starting-caliber player, but a speedy 27-year-old center fielder with a decent track record should draw some trade interest or at least get scooped up off the waiver wire quickly.
Pirates center fielder Starling Marte was carted off the field during the eighth inning of Friday’s contest against the Giants. Marte was racing in to field a fly ball from Yangervis Solarte when he collided at full speed with shortstop Erik González. The two were knocked down by the impact and quickly attended to by the Pirates’ staff, who helped Marte sit up on a cart and removed him from the game.
The extent of either player’s injuries, if any, have yet to be revealed. Following the incident, both Marte and González were officially removed from the lineup, with JB Shuck shifting from left to center field, Jung Ho Kang moving over to shortstop, Colin Moran covering third base, and Jason Martin in the left field corner.
The Pirates currently lead the Giants 4-1 in the ninth.