Mookie Betts sat out a few games due to a bum hamstring. Alex Cora felt he was good enough to go today, so Betts was penciled in at the top of the order against the Royals. As I’m writing this the game is only in the eighth inning, but I’d say it has gone well so far.
Betts has hit three homers so far — all solo shots — in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings. He’s 4-for-4, having singled to center field to lead the game off. The Red Sox currently lead 5-4.
On the year, that gives Betts 11 homers in 26 games and a line of .365/.451/.823, pending perhaps one more plate appearance this afternoon. Here are the first two:
LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.
Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.
Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.
Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.
Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.
New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.
Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.