Yankees outfielder Cameron Maybin departed the third inning of Friday’s 4-1 win over the Astros with a left calf strain, per a team announcement. He’s scheduled to undergo an MRI, at which point the Yankees will have a better idea of the timetable for his return.
Maybin sustained the injury shortly after taking an at-bat against Houston’s Brad Peacock. He hit a single and later came around to score on Gary Sanchez‘s massive 481-foot home run, but appeared to be limping after he reached home plate. Postgame comments from manager Aaron Boone revealed that the outfielder “felt a pop” when he rounded third base, though he didn’t comment on the full extent of the injury. He didn’t come out at the top of the fourth and was subsequently replaced by Brett Gardner, who shifted from center to left field while Aaron Hicks took over center field and the no. 9 spot in the lineup.
This is the first serious injury the 32-year-old Maybin has suffered in 2019. He left Friday’s game batting a hearty .314/.391/.500 with five home runs, 27 RBI, and an .891 OPS through 133 plate appearances this season. Given the nature of the injury, he’s expected to see some time on the injured list and may be sidelined for a few weeks, maybe longer.
Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger was named the 2019 National League Most Valuable Player by the Baseball Writers Associated of America. He received 19 of 30 first-place votes.
Bellinger, 24, was the NL Rookie of the Year two years ago and is now the MVP. In 2019, he hit .305/.406/.629 with 47 home runs, 115 RBI, 121 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases. He helped the Dodgers win a franchise record 106 games, though they were stopped short in the NLDS by the eventual world champion Nationals.
Bellinger is the first Dodger to win the award since Clayton Kershaw in 2014. He also joins Kirk Gibson, Steve Garvey, Sandy Koufax, and Maury Wills to win the award since the team moved to Los Angeles. Bellinger is overall the 13th Dodger to be named the MVP. He is the 18th NL player to win both a Rookie of the Year Award and an MVP award.
Christian Yelich finished in second place and Anthony Rendon finished in third place. They were followed by Ketel Marte, Ronald Acuña Jr., Nolan Arenado, and Pete Alonso. Also receiving votes were Freddie Freeman, Juan Soto, Jacob deGrom, Josh Donaldson, Trevor Story, Jack Flaherty, J.T. Realmuto, Yasmani Grandal, Max Muncy, Stephen Strasburg, Eugenio Suárez, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Paul Goldschmidt, Kolten Wong, Kevin Pillar, and Max Scherzer.