Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez exited Tuesday’s start in the fifth inning with a groin injury and now he’s been placed on the disabled list.
Baltimore manager Buck Showalter indicated that the team is hoping Gonzalez will be able to return when his 15-day minimum stay on the DL is up, but he does have a previous history of groin problems.
Mike Wright will step into the rotation for Gonzalez, who has somewhat quietly and under-the-radar posted ERAs of 3.25, 3.78, 3.23, and 3.33 in his four seasons with the Orioles.
With a ninth-inning solo home run off of Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes on Sunday, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a new National League rookie record for home runs in a single season. He now has 40 with 36 games left in the regular season.
Cody Bellinger, currently the home run leader with 42, hit 39 home runs in his rookie season in 2017, holding the record until today. The major league record is 52, set by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge also in 2017. Judge had broken Mark McGwire’s record of 49 hit in 1987.
Alonso went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored along with the homer. He’s now batting .271 with a .979 OPS with 40 homers and 95 RBI on the season.
With their 11-5 win over the Royals, the Mets improved to 64-60. They have the same exact record as the Phillies and Brewers, sitting 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card.