Yankees OF/DH Giancarlo Stanton became the fifth-fastest player to reach 300 career home runs, drilling a two-run home run to right field off of Tigers starter Francisco Liriano in the third inning of Thursday night’s game in the Bronx.
Only Ralph Kiner, Ryan Howard, Alex Rodriguez, and Juan González were faster to 300 dingers than Stanton.
Stanton entered the night batting .275/.349/.517 with 32 home runs and 82 RBI in 588 plate appearances on the season. It’s been a good first year in the Bronx for Stanton.
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.
Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.
Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.