It sure sounds like the Yankees are going to be without Brian McCann for an extended period …
MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that McCann had to be removed from Wednesday afternoon’s 3-1 victory in Seattle after experiencing renewed soreness in his right foot. The foot has been giving him trouble for a couple of weeks, and McCann acknowledged after the game Wednesday that it especially gives him fits when he squats to catch. Which is, you know, a big problem for a guy who plays catcher.
McCann will undergo an MRI on Thursday back in New York City to determine if there’s structural damage in his right foot. John Ryan Murphy took over behind the plate on Wednesday. Gary Sanchez or Austin Romine could be on the way up from the minors ahead of Friday’s series opener against the Angels.
McCann, 31, is batting .248/.315/.452 with eight homers and 33 RBI in 45 games this season.
He is in the second year of a five-year, $85 million free agent agreement with the Yankees.
Today the Angels introduced their newest big star, Anthony Rendon, who just signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to play in Orange County.
And it is Orange County, not Los Angeles, Rendon stressed at the press conference. When asked about the Dodgers, who had also been reported to be courting him, Rendon said he preferred the Angels because, “the Hollywood lifestyle . . . didn’t seem like it would be a fit for us as a family.”
What “the Hollywood Lifestyle” means in that context could mean a lot of things I suppose. It could be about the greater media scrutiny Dodgers players are under compared to Angels players. It could mean that he’d simply prefer to live in Newport Beach than, I dunno, wherever Dodgers players live. Pasadena? Pasadena is more convenient to Dodger Stadium than the beach. Who knows. They never did let Yasiel Puig get that helicopter he wanted, so traffic could’ve been a consideration.
But maybe it’s a subtle allusion to political/cultural stuff. Orange County has trended to the left in some recent elections but it is, historically speaking, a conservative stronghold in Southern California. And, based on something else he said in his press conference, Rendon seems to be pretty conscious of geographical/political matters:
A shoutout to the notion of Texas being Trump country and an askance glance at “the Hollywood Lifestyle” of Los Angeles all in the same press conference. That’s a lot of culture war ground covered in one press conference. So much so that I can’t decide if I should warn Rendon that both Texas and Orange County are trending leftward or if I should tell him to stick to sports.