Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan suffered a fractured finger on his right hand in Friday night’s game against the Yankees, when he was hit on his non-glove hand when he was behind the dish. The injury required surgery, and as a result, manager John Farrell doesn’t expect to get Hanigan back before the All-Star break, per MLB.com’s Ian Browne.
The Red Sox called up catching prospect Blake Swihart for Saturday afternoon’s game with the Yankees. The rookie went 1-for-3 with an infield single and a walk. The Red Sox, however, will still keep their eyes peeled for catching help elsewhere, though Jarrod Saltalamacchia — recently designated for assignment by the Marlins — doesn’t appear to figure into their plans.
Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has launched what appears to be the beginning of an auspicious career, made all the more notable by the 50 home runs he’s produced for the Mets so far this season. The All-Star slugger pushed his home run streak to four straight games on Friday, collecting no. 50 on an eighth-inning fastball from the Reds’ Sal Romano.
It’s just the latest of a long line of accomplishments for the 24-year-old infielder. Entering Friday’s series opener against Cincinnati, the first-time All-Star carried a .266/.366/.590 batting line with a league-leading 49 homers, 113 RBI, a .956 OPS and 4.9 fWAR through 648 plate appearances. Among those who are still rounding out their rookie seasons in 2019, he ranks first in home runs and fWAR by a long shot: the White Sox’ Eloy Jiménez is second in home runs with 28 dingers, while the Astros’ Yordan Álvarez plays second fiddle in fWAR with 3.7 Wins Above Replacement.
Even more remarkable: Alonso is the second rookie in MLB history to deliver at least 50 home runs in a single season. The first? Aaron Judge, who clubbed a jaw-dropping 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017.