Connor Grossman of KNBR is reporting that the Giants have signed infielder Ruben Tejada to a minor league contract, pending a physical. He will provide infield depth for the Giants, who are lacking in that department.
Tejada, 26, was released by the Cardinals at the beginning of June after hitting .176/.225/.235 in 40 plate appearances. He was intended to fill in at shortstop for Jhonny Peralta, but he suffered a strained left quadriceps late in spring training. That opened the door for rookie Aledmys Diaz and veteran Jedd Gyorko. Diaz in particular took advantage of the opportunity, carrying an .868 OPS into Monday’s action. As a result, when Peralta returned from the disabled list, Diaz kept his position at shortstop, Peralta moved to third base, and Matt Carpenter moved to second base.
With a ninth-inning solo home run off of Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes on Sunday, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a new National League rookie record for home runs in a single season. He now has 40 with 36 games left in the regular season.
Cody Bellinger, currently the home run leader with 42, hit 39 home runs in his rookie season in 2017, holding the record until today. The major league record is 52, set by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge also in 2017. Judge had broken Mark McGwire’s record of 49 hit in 1987.
Alonso went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored along with the homer. He’s now batting .271 with a .979 OPS with 40 homers and 95 RBI on the season.
With their 11-5 win over the Royals, the Mets improved to 64-60. They have the same exact record as the Phillies and Brewers, sitting 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card.