Yankees right-hander Bryan Mitchell has been placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list after being hit in the face by an Eduardo Nunez line drive in Monday’s start against the Twins.
It was an incredibly scary moment, as Mitchell left the field holding a towel to his bloody face and was later diagnosed with a nasal fracture, but he was released from the hospital without an overnight stay.
Mitchell goes to the disabled list with a 3.38 ERA and 29/9 K/BB ratio in 32 career innings for the Yankees, so hopefully he’ll avoid a lengthy absence and rejoin the pitching staff for a September role.
The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?
Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.