WFAN’s Sweeny Murti reports that Yankees shortstop Troy Tulowitzki exited Wednesday’s game against the Tigers with a strained left calf. The Yankees moved Gleyber Torres from second base to shortstop and brought Tyler Wade into the game at second base.
The Yankees have been destroyed by injuries early in the season, having lost Miguel Andújar and Giancarlo Stanton to the injured list recently. Luis Severino, CC Sabathia, Aaron Hicks, and Didi Gregorius are all on the IL as well. Gregorius isn’t likely to return until after the All-Star break, so if Tulowitzki also has to miss time, the Yankees will be stretched thin.
Tulowitzki was 0-for-1 before exiting the game. He entered Wednesday’s action batting .200 with a double and a home run in 12 trips to the plate.
With a ninth-inning solo home run off of Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes on Sunday, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a new National League rookie record for home runs in a single season. He now has 40 with 36 games left in the regular season.
Cody Bellinger, currently the home run leader with 42, hit 39 home runs in his rookie season in 2017, holding the record until today. The major league record is 52, set by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge also in 2017. Judge had broken Mark McGwire’s record of 49 hit in 1987.
Alonso went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored along with the homer. He’s now batting .271 with a .979 OPS with 40 homers and 95 RBI on the season.
With their 11-5 win over the Royals, the Mets improved to 64-60. They have the same exact record as the Phillies and Brewers, sitting 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card.