Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich is headed to the disabeld list with a lower back strain and the team has called up first baseman Justin Bour from Triple-A to replace him on the roster.
Yelich, who agreed to a seven-year, $49 million contract this spring, was off to a slow start by hitting .200 with zero homers and a .488 OPS through 11 games. He’s had back issues since last week.
Bour is a 27-year-old who made his MLB debut with the Marlins last season. He’s hit .303 with 19 homers and an .874 OPS in 117 games at Triple-A, but has just three career games in the outfield. If the Marlins want to get him into the lineup, they’d probably need to move Michael Morse from first base to left field. More likely is 41-year-old Ichiro Suzuki picking up the most playing time in Yelich’s absence.
The loss of a close, well-pitched game is hard enough for any team to take, but when you lose two key players to injury in the process it’s gotta be damn nigh intolerable. That’s what happened to the Angels last night in their 3-1 loss to Minnesota, losing Andrelton Simmons and Shohei Ohtani. And it happened on consecutive plays in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Simmons is likely to be gone for an extended period after suffering a sprained ankle which was later deemed “severe”. Indeed, they weren’t sure it wasn’t broken until the X-rays came back negative. He sustained the injury running to first base, trying to beat out an infield hit. He came down on the ankle and it twisted in ugly fashion — there are Gifs of it on Twitter and stuff, but you don’t wanna see them — before tumbling over the bag to the ground. Simmons will have an MRI today to see how bad things really are.
Ohtani got off more easily, getting hit in the right ring finger with a pitch while striking out. His X-rays were also negative, but they will reassess him today.
Simmons is hitting .298/.323/.415 on the year while playing his usual spectacular defense. Ohtani, who just came back from Tommy John surgery as a hitter a couple of weeks ago, is hitting .250/.345/.375.