As first reported by MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich has been scratched from the starting lineup for Tuesday evening’s game against the Braves because of tightness in his back. Ichiro Suzuki will get the start in left field and bat second against Atlanta right-hander Trevor Cahill.
Yelich might also be rested Wednesday because the Fish have an afternoon game at Turner Field. They will then travel to Citi Field on Thursday for the beginning of a four-game series against the Mets.
Yelich, 23, is off to a 7-for-27 (.259) start this season.
He signed a seven-year, $49.57 million contract extension with Miami in late March.
Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.
The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”
Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.
Now, however, Kopech has opted out.