Rangers might lose catching prospect Jorge Alfaro for the season

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Rangers catching prospect Jorge Alfaro was placed on the seven-day disabled list at Double-A Frisco on Friday due to an injury to a ligament in his left ankle. They’re facing the possibility he could miss the remainder of the season, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Rangers director of player development Mike Daly said, “He could be out for some meaningful time.”

Alfaro turned 22 years old on Thursday. He was rated the 31st-best prospect in baseball heading into the 2015 season according to Baseball Prospectus. In 207 plate appearances with Frisco, Alfaro was batting .253/.314/.432 with five home runs and 21 RBI.

Aaron Judge out of Yankees starting lineup for finale after No. 62

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge wasn’t in the starting lineup for New York’s regular-season finale, a day after his 62nd home run that broke Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League single-season record.

When Judge homered in the first inning Tuesday night, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. He has played in 157 games overall for the AL East champions.

With the first-round bye in the playoffs, the Yankees won’t open postseason play until the AL Division Series starts next Tuesday.

Even though Judge had indicated that he hoped to play Wednesday, manager Aaron Boone said after Tuesday night’s game that they would have a conversation and see what made the most sense.

“Short conversation,” Boone said before Wednesday’s game, adding that he was “pretty set on probably giving him the day today.”

Asked if there was a scenario in which Judge would pinch hit, Boone responded, “I hope not.”

Judge went into the final day of the regular season batting .311, trailing American League batting average leader Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315. Judge was a wide leader in the other Triple Crown categories, with his 62 homers and 131 RBIs.

Boone said that “probably the one temptation” to play Judge had been the long shot chance the slugger had to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.