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Joe Girardi has Yankees play Tuesday’s game under protest


The Yankees were finally able to begin the 2016 season after Monday’s expected season opener was postponed due to inclement weather. It only took eight innings for there to be some controversy, as manager Joe Girardi had the Yankees play Tuesday’s game under protest.

With a runner on second base and one out in the eighth inning, Dellin Betances got Carlos Correa to hit a weak tapper down the first base line. Betances retrieved it but fired an errant throw to first base, allowing Jose Altuve to score. Replays showed Correa was far inside the first base line, so much so that he was running on the grass. You can see it in a screenshot Matthew Pouliot posted to Twitter:

Girardi came out to argue, but the umpires informed the skipper that the play isn’t replay reviewable and that they wouldn’t overturn the call. After some yelling, Girardi said the Yankees would play the game under protest. Of course, it’s not a protest that is likely to amount to anything. Though Girardi may have been correct that Correa should have been called out, the umpires were also correct — unfortunately. To avoid situations like this in the future, Major League Baseball will have to make that play reviewable.

The Yankees’ pain didn’t stop there, however. Correa attempted to steal second base and was initially called out, but the Astros challenged and the call was overturned. Colby Rasmus then drew a walk, and with two outs, Luis Valbuena brought home two runs with a single to right field, boosting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.

Considering it’s just above freezing in New York, this was probably not the most fun day the club has had playing baseball.

Carlos Martínez underwent ‘small procedure’ on right shoulder

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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.