Jose Reyes has been trying to play through a small crack in his left rib, but he’ll now get an extended absence, as the Blue Jays have announced that the veteran shortstop has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. Jonathan Diaz was called up from Triple-A Buffalo to take his place on the active roster.
Reyes sat out last weekend due to the injury. A switch-hitter, he’s been limited to hitting from the right side since his return and he’s just 3-for-23 (.130) with zero extra-base hits over his last six games. The results haven’t been there and the discomfort has apparently lingered, so rest sounds like the best course of action.
Ryan Goins, who started Sunday in place of Reyes, and Diaz figure to see most of the playing time at shortstop for now.
Christian Yelich simply can’t be stopped. The Brewers outfielder (and defending NL MVP) entered Saturday’s game with a league-leading 11 home runs after swatting two against the Dodgers on Friday night, then clubbed another two homers in the first six innings of Saturday’s game.
The first came on a 2-1 pitch from the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu, who lobbed a changeup toward the bottom of the strike zone before it was lifted up and out to center field for a solo home run in the third inning.
While Chase Anderson and Alex Claudio held down the fort against the Dodgers’ lineup, Yelich prepared for his second blast in the sixth inning — this one a 421-foot double-decker on a first-pitch curveball from Ryu.
Yelich’s 13 home runs not only gave him a stronger grip on the league’s leaderboard, but helped him tie yet another franchise record, too. Per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, he’s tied with Prince Fielder for the most home runs hit by a Brewers player in a single month, and sits just one home run shy of tying Álex Rodríguez’s 2007 record for most home runs hit within any club’s first 22 games of the season.
It may be far too early to predict which players will finish first in the MVP races this fall, but there’s no denying Yelich has already set himself apart from the competition. Through Saturday’s performance, he’s batting .361/.459/.880 with a 1.329 OPS and MLB-best 31 RBI across 98 PA so far.