Orioles DH/OF Mark Trumbo will miss the next three to four weeks with a Grade 2 strain of his right quadriceps, Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun reports. Trumbo was bothered by the quad last week and took some time off but felt renewed soreness after returning on Wednesday.
Trumbo, 32, is entering the second year of his three-year, $37.5 million contract with the Orioles. He had a disappointing 2017 campaign, batting .234/.289/.397 with 23 home runs and 65 RBi in 603 plate appearances.
With Trumbo set to miss the first week or two of the regular season, non-roster invitee Pedro Alvarez could make the Orioles’ 25-man roster.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge wasn’t in the starting lineup for New York’s regular-season finale, a day after his 62nd home run that broke Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League single-season record.
When Judge homered in the first inning Tuesday night, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. He has played in 157 games overall for the AL East champions.
With the first-round bye in the playoffs, the Yankees won’t open postseason play until the AL Division Series starts next Tuesday.
Even though Judge had indicated that he hoped to play Wednesday, manager Aaron Boone said after Tuesday night’s game that they would have a conversation and see what made the most sense.
“Short conversation,” Boone said before Wednesday’s game, adding that he was “pretty set on probably giving him the day today.”
Asked if there was a scenario in which Judge would pinch hit, Boone responded, “I hope not.”
Judge went into the final day of the regular season batting .311, trailing American League batting average leader Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315. Judge was a wide leader in the other Triple Crown categories, with his 62 homers and 131 RBIs.
Boone said that “probably the one temptation” to play Judge had been the long shot chance the slugger had to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.