The Cardinals hosted the Nationals in Sunday afternoon’s exhibition tilt at Roger Dean Stadium. A funny thing happened in the fifth inning. With two outs and runners on first and second, minor league infielder Aledmys Diaz hit a Burke Badenhop offering so hard — or so perfectly — that he ripped the seams off of the ball.
The 25-year-old Cuban made it to Triple-A for the first time last year, earning a late-August promotion. In 58 plate appearances with Triple-A Memphis, Diaz hit .380/.448/.620 with three home runs.
Diaz inked a four-year, $8 million deal with the Cardinals in March 2014.
White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson needed help leaving the field after suffering an ankle injury in the fifth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Anderson was fielding a ball hit up the middle by J.D. Martinez, appearing to twist his ankle in the process.
Leury García moved from center field to shortstop and Ryan Cordell entered the game to play center field. Anderson was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored on the night.
The White Sox should be able to provide more information later tonight or tomorrow. Anderson is in the midst of his best season, entering Tuesday batting .313/.338/.485 with 11 home runs, 37 RBI, 38 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases in 278 plate appearances.