File this under Things You Don’t See Very Often. Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd somehow broke his bat despite swinging and missing at Mets starter Jon Niese’s 89 MPH fastball in the sixth inning of Sunday’s game. The stub of the bat remained in Byrd’s hand while the remaining 90 percent of the bat was flung about 70 feet, in between first base and the pitcher’s mound.
Byrd finished 1-for-5 with a solo home run in the Phillies’ 4-3, 11-inning loss to the Mets.
The Red Sox-Yankees game scheduled for this afternoon has been moved to this evening because of weather, but there are still happenings in the Bronx: the Yankees have called up top pitching prospect Justus Sheffield.
Sheffield, 22, is the Yankees’ highest-ranked prospect, per MLB Pipeline. The lefty was acquired in the Andrew Miller deal back in 2016. In 2018 he made the jump from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with a cumulative 7-6 record in 20 starts and a 2.87 ERA, 3.9 BB/9 and 9.5 SO/9 through 116 innings.
The Yankees reportedly plan is to keep Sheffield in the bullpen for the time being, with his late season shift to a relief role at Scranton designed to get him used to helping out for the Yankees stretch run and, possibly, a playoff run. He’ll likely have a shot at the Yankees’ rotation next spring.