Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus suffered a fractured right elbow when he was hit by a Keynan Middleton fastball during Wednesday night’s game against the Angels. He will miss the next six to eight weeks but won’t require surgery, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Andrus, 29, was off to a great start to the 2018 season, coming off a terrific 2017 campaign. Through 61 plate appearances, he was hitting .327/.426/.500 with a pair of home runs and five RBI.
Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Rangers will recall Ronald Guzman from Triple-A Round Rock to take Andrus’ spot on the roster. Joey Gallo will play some left field while Ryan Rua, Drew Robinson, and Isiah Kiner-Falefa will operate more in a utility role.
Back in May, Yankees starter CC Sabathia said he’d retire if the Yankees won the World Series. That still may be the plan, but he recently told MLB.com that he’s going to try to pitch in 2019, health willing:
“I’m start to start. I go out one start and feel like I can pitch five more years. I go out another start and I’m done. But if I can stay healthy — if my knee holds up — hopefully I’ll play one more.”
Sabathia is enjoying a nice late-career renaissance, having transformed himself from the dominant lefty he used to be to a crafty one over the past several seasons. Sabathia will turn 38 on Saturday, but he’s having another solid season. He has a 3.51 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 18 starts.
Will a World Series decide whether he hangs ’em up? Will his knee? Guess we’ll know by November.