Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said on Thursday that third baseman Jake Lamb will undergo season-ending rotator cuff surgery, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.
Lamb, 27, landed on the disabled list last week with what was described as a left shoulder contusion. It was later revealed that he had “fraying” in his left rotator cuff. Lamb hit a lackluster .222/.307/.348 with six home runs and 31 RBI in 238 plate appearances on the season.
The D-Backs recently acquired Eduardo Escobar from the Twins and have started him at third base in three out of the last four games. He figures to continue getting the lion’s share of playing time at the hot corner. Escobar is hitting .276/.339/.511 with 15 home runs and 65 RBI in 422 PA on the year.
Twins DH Nelson Cruz hit his 400th career home run, a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Royals. The blast padded the Twins’ lead to 8-6, and was also No. 40 on the season for Cruz.
Cruz, 39, is the 57th member of the 400-homer club. He was previously tied with Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline at 399. Cruz has hit 163 of his homers with the Mariners, 157 with the Rangers, and 40 each with the Orioles and Twins.
Cruz entered Sunday batting .300/.383/.624 with 104 RBI in 500 plate appearances. Pretty good production for the Twins from a slugger on a one-year, $14.3 million contract. The Twins hold a $12 million club option for 2020 as well.