MLB.com’s Jamie Ross reports that shortstop Jose Reyes is expected to return to the Blue Jays’ lineup on Monday. He hadn’t played since April 27 due to a cracked rib.
In three rehab games with Triple-A Buffalo, Reyes recorded four singles in 13 plate appearances. Prior to the injury, he was batting .250/.266/.300 with seven RBI and three stolen bases.
Ryan Goins had been handling the shortstop position in Reyes’ absence, batting .248/.300/.347 with one home run and 11 RBI. With regular second baseman Devon Travis out, Goins is expected to help out there along with Steve Tolleson.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone has been suspended and fined for his actions during Thursday’s doubleheader against the Rays. Boone was ejected from Game 1 after making contact with home plate umpire Brennan Miller and will not be available to manage the Yankees during their series opener against the Rockies on Friday.
The ejection was triggered by a missed strikeout call in the second inning of Game 1, prompting Boone to run out to home plate and deliver one of his lengthier and more bizarre rants of the season. Incensed by Miller’s shaky grasp of the strike zone, Boone repeatedly referred to his players as “f***ing savages” and told the umpire to “tighten this s**t up.”
Exactly when the illicit contact came into play remains unclear, but crew chief Gerry Davis later commented on the situation and said Boone had crossed some boundaries during his tirade. Per MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch: “You’re not allowed to argue balls and strikes, so yeah. Yes he did [go too far]. That will all be in the report.”
In his own statements to the press, Boone defended his use of the word “savages,” claiming, “I always just want our guys all the time controlling the strike zone and making it hard on the pitchers. That’s something those guys take a lot of pride in as a lineup.” Several Yankees players, including Luke Voit and Aaron Judge, backed up the skipper’s decision to confront Miller as well, though Voit was the only player to explicitly support Boone’s use of the term.