C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports that Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez suffered a fractured right thumb when he was hit by a Jameson Taillon pitch in the fourth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game. It’s not yet known how long Suarez will be out.
Suarez entered Sunday’s action batting .308/.419/.654 with a pair of home runs in 31 plate appearances. He’s been the best-performing hitter for the Reds in the early going.
It sounds like the Reds may be calling up prospect Alex Blandino to fill the void at third base as he was removed early from Sunday’s Triple-A game. Blandino is the No. 18 prospect in the Reds’ system, according to MLB Pipeline. Last season, between Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville, Blandino hit a combined .265/.382/.453 with 12 home runs, 51 RBI, and 60 runs scored in 473 plate appearances.
Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.
Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.
Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”
Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.