Update (9:42 PM ET): MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that Andújar has a small labrum tear in his right shoulder. The team will treat him conservatively for two weeks, but season-ending surgery is a possibility. Not news you want to hear.
Ahead of Monday evening’s game against the Tigers, the Yankees announced that third baseman Miguel Andújar has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a strained right shoulder. Infielder Tyler Wade has been recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Andújar, 24, suffered the injury diving back into third base during Sunday’s loss to the Orioles. D.J. LeMahieu will likely handle the majority of time at third base in Andújar’s absence.
Losing Andújar is a big deal for the Yankees. He finished second in American League Rookie of the Year balloting last year, batting .297/.328/.527 with 27 home runs, 92 RBI, and 83 runs scored in 606 plate appearances. He was off to a slow start in 2019, mustering a meager .231 average with no extra-base hits in his first three games.
LeMahieu, 30, signed a two-year, $24 million contract with the Yankees in January. He didn’t play on Opening Day, but started at third base on Saturday and at second base on Sunday. He has registered four hits, including a double, and two walks in nine trips to the plate to start the year.
The Astros and Nationals share a spring training facility, so it was only natural that they would open Grapefruit League play together. The Astros were the home team. Here’s the lineup they rolled out.
Teams typically include at least a few regulars in their spring training lineups as a courtesy to the fans, who are spending money to see big league players play baseball. This is especially the case for home games. However, the Astros have decided to roll out a lineup with a combined 323 MLB plate appearances.
There might be a reason for that. Houston was lustily booed as they took the field. This was after running a video on the scoreboard celebrating their 2019 AL championship.
That’s all with the team that beat them in the World Series (and is widely regarded as baseball’s current heroes for beating the big bad cheating Astros) in the other dugout, of course. Nationals starter Max Scherzer has not thrown at any Houston player, and the game is now in a rain delay. But it seems like the Astros decided to spare their players from some possible rough treatment, both from fans and opposing pitchers.
The same could not be said for Astros mascot Orbit, who was also booed.
One can quibble with the merits of booing a bunch of players who have barely touched the big leagues because you’re mad at Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman, but sports fandom is something of an irrational business. Fans are going to want their pound of flesh, especially when they paid for the right to be in the ballpark and give the Astros a piece of their mind. Some of them even brought props! This is just how it all works, unfortunately. If you’re in an Astros uniform, you’re probably going to get booed.
Welcome to the 2020 season, Astros. It’s probably going to be like this all year.