Nick Swisher hadn’t played a game for the Indians since June 12, but a day after being traded he’s in the starting lineup for the Braves tonight in Atlanta. Of course, prior to landing on the disabled list, the 34-year-old was hitting just .198/.261/.297 with two homers and eight RBI in 30 games, so I guess we’ll see how he does. He’ll be playing first base, batting fifth.
The Braves also added Michael Bourn to the 25-man roster. He’ll lead off and play left field tonight. Todd Cunningham and Daniel Castro were optioned to Triple-A to make room.
Pirates center fielder Starling Marte was carted off the field during the eighth inning of Friday’s contest against the Giants. Marte was racing in to field a fly ball from Yangervis Solarte when he collided at full speed with shortstop Erik González. The two were knocked down by the impact and quickly attended to by the Pirates’ staff, who helped Marte sit up on a cart and removed him from the game.
The extent of either player’s injuries, if any, have yet to be revealed. Following the incident, both Marte and González were officially removed from the lineup, with JB Shuck shifting from left to center field, Jung Ho Kang moving over to shortstop, Colin Moran covering third base, and Jason Martin in the left field corner.
The Pirates currently lead the Giants 4-1 in the ninth.