Tigers minor leaguer dies in skateboarding accident

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Terrible news: Chace Numata, a minor league catcher in the Detroit Tigers organization, died yesterday from injuries he sustained in a skateboarding accident early Friday morning. He was 27.

Police found Numata, unconscious, at around 2AM Friday morning in downtown Erie, Pennsylvania, where he played for the Double-A Erie SeaWolves. Surveillance video showed that Numata was riding an electric skateboard when it abruptly stopped, causing him to fall forward and strike his head on the pavement. Just a horrible freak accident.

The Tigers said in a statement that Numata “was beloved by many from our Major League club through all levels of our player development system.” Erie SeaWolves owner Fernando Aguirre said in a statement that the team is “heartbroken and deeply saddened by the passing of Chace Numata.” He said “Chace was a leader, an outstanding teammate, a friend to many, and his personality was positive and infectious. He made everyone he met feel welcome, and he had a very positive impact throughout the SeaWolves organization and the Erie community.” This story at Deadspin has many other comments from former coaches and teammates, making it clear how popular Numata was with his colleagues.

Numata, was originally drafted by the Phillies in the 14th round in the 2010 draft. He spent 2018 in the Yankees organization before signing a minor league deal with the Tigers last November. He played 71 games this season for the Double-A Erie SeaWolves and six games at Triple-A with the Toledo Mud Hens.

Stanton, Donaldson, Kahnle activated by Yankees ahead of Dodgers series

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LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.

Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.

Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.

Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.

Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.

New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.

Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.