A couple of days ago Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius was feared lost for the season after he tore cartilage in his right wrist while sliding. Now, if YES Network’s Michael Kay’s sources are accurate, he may actually be back in the fold pretty soon.
Kay tweeted a few moments ago that Gregorius got good news from his doctors and was cleared to resume baseball activities. It’s not clear when he’ll be back in game action, but Kay said that the doctors have said that Gregorius should be fine to play throughout the playoffs, “no matter how long the playoffs go.”
Here he is reporting it on his radio show:
Gregorius is hitting .268/.336/.498 with 27 homers and 86 RBI on the season. The Yankees would’ve been in a tight spot not having him available in the playoffs and now, it seems, they will not have to worry.
Today the Angels introduced their newest big star, Anthony Rendon, who just signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to play in Orange County.
And it is Orange County, not Los Angeles, Rendon stressed at the press conference. When asked about the Dodgers, who had also been reported to be courting him, Rendon said he preferred the Angels because, “the Hollywood lifestyle . . . didn’t seem like it would be a fit for us as a family.”
What “the Hollywood Lifestyle” means in that context could mean a lot of things I suppose. It could be about the greater media scrutiny Dodgers players are under compared to Angels players. It could mean that he’d simply prefer to live in Newport Beach than, I dunno, wherever Dodgers players live. Pasadena? Pasadena is more convenient to Dodger Stadium than the beach. Who knows. They never did let Yasiel Puig get that helicopter he wanted, so traffic could’ve been a consideration.
But maybe it’s a subtle allusion to political/cultural stuff. Orange County has trended to the left in some recent elections but it is, historically speaking, a conservative stronghold in Southern California. And, based on something else he said in his press conference, Rendon seems to be pretty conscious of geographical/political matters:
A shoutout to the notion of Texas being Trump country and an askance glance at “the Hollywood Lifestyle” of Los Angeles all in the same press conference. That’s a lot of culture war ground covered in one press conference. So much so that I can’t decide if I should warn Rendon that both Texas and Orange County are trending leftward or if I should tell him to stick to sports.