Yankees outfield prospect Mason Williams made his major league debut on Friday night at Camden Yards against the Orioles. Batting ninth, he struck out in his first major league at-bat against Ubaldo Jimenez. He had much more success the second time around.
With a runner on second base and one out in the fourth inning with the Yankees trailing 5-1, Williams drove a 0-1 fastball from Jimenez into the seats in right-center for a two-run home run.
Williams was considered one of the top outfield prospects a few years ago, but struggled in 2013 and ’14. He hit will with Double-A Trenton to start the season before earning a promotion to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on May 21. He hadn’t homered in 235 combined minor league plate appearances this season.
Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.
Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.
Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.