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MLB 2024 | Adolis with two runs vs the Astros; Yariel will start Saturday against the Rockies; Morejón recalled

Cuban Players News for the 2024 Major League Baseball season. A compilation of several sources

 

Adolis García went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, two RBI and two stolen bases against the Astros on Friday.


García went 2-for-3 with two RBI, two runs scored, two steals and two walks in Friday's win over Houston. García has already belted four home runs this season but chose to flash his speed and on-base skills instead Friday. The 31-year-old slugger has just four multi-hit games so far this season despite an impressive .315/.377/.593 slash line. García has two extra-base hits -- both doubles -- over his last seven appearances.



 

Blue Jays' Yariel Rodríguez: Will start Saturday


Rodríguez will be recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to start Saturday's game against the Rockies, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports. Rodríguez will be making his MLB debut Saturday, replacing the struggling Bowden Francis as Toronto's starting pitcher. Rodríguez has thrown 6.1 scoreless innings and struck out 10 batters through two starts with Buffalo. If the 27-year-old righty finds success in his first big-league start, he could end up taking Francis' spot in the Jays' rotation.


 

As of yet, Aroldis Chapman has not allowed a run.


This Friday, Chapman pitched in a 5-2 Pirates victory over the Phillies. Chapman pitched in the eighth inning. With his fifth hold of the season, Chapman got the two outs of the inning with a strikeout despite walking two and throwing 16 pitches. In that inning, Chapman was well defended. Bryce Harper hit a line drive with two men on base, and Bryan Reynolds made an outstanding fielding catch in right field.  In five innings of work, he has struck out nine while keeping his ERA unchanged. 




 

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. went 1-for-4 with a RBI on Friday against the Cardinals.


It was a 9-6 loss for the D-backs against the Cardinals. Despite going 1-for-4, Gurriel Jr. drove in a run in the fifth inning with a base hit when Arizona scored six runs. He also scored a run in the fifth. The 30-year-old outfielder has started this year 17-for-56 at the plate with the three homers and 15 RBI while slashing .304/.361/.518.


 

Yordan Alvarez hitless again.


Yordan Alvarez went hitless for the second straight night. This time, it was a 12-8 loss at home against the Rangers. In the seventh inning, Alvarez scored. Having gone 1 for 9 in his last three games with no HR and only one RBI, the powerful outfielder is in a mini-slump. With 4 HR and 12 RBI, he is still slashing .310/.394/.569.


 

Padres recalled LHP Adrian Morejón from Triple-A El Paso.


The Padres recalled Morejón from Triple-A El Paso on Friday. Morejón pitched two-thirds of an inning during San Diego's series in South Korea but was optioned to Triple-A ahead of its domestic opener. He's given up two runs across 6.1 minor-league frames and will now return to the Padres to provide additional bullpen depth. Pedro Avila was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.



 

White Sox’ general manager Chris Getz told reporters on Friday that Luis Robert Jr. is trending toward a six-week absence.


The timeline that the club gave earlier in the week was that the 26-year-old superstar would miss around 6-8 weeks, so it’s encouraging to hear that he’s trending toward the quicker side of that return. It’s much more optimistic than the 3-4 months that Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that the White Sox had mentioned privately. Barring any setbacks, it sounds like he could be back in action before the end of May.


 

The offensive problems of Yandy Díaz and Randy Arozarena continue.


Díaz and Arozarena continued their struggles at the plate this Friday, going 0-for-6 against San Francisco. Díaz went 0 for 3 with an RBI and a walk, while Arozarena drew a walk as well. Díaz is hitting just .196 with a .544 OPS while Arozarena is slashing .204/.278/.347 with 2 HR and 4 RBI in a slow start to the season for both players.


 

White Sox transferred Yoán Moncada to the 60-day injured list.


This isn’t a surprise as the initial reports were that Moncada would need three to six months to recover. He joins an already big name list of injuries for the White Sox that also include Luis Robert Jr. and Eloy Jiménez.


 

José Abreu didn't play Friday


Abreu didn't play in Friday's game against the Rangers. Abreu has managed just one hit in 18 at-bats across his last six games, so he'll sit down for the second time in a row Friday. Jon Singleton once again took care of his place at first base while batting fifth and went 1-for-4 with double and a run scored.


 

Tigers' Andy Ibáñez: Hitting, doing agility drills


Ibáñez has begun hitting and going through light agility drills, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reported. Ibáñez is on the injured list with a left hamstring strain which he suffered last weekend but is feeling well enough to start incorporating some baseball activities. There's no timetable for his return yet, but he would seem to have a good shot to be back before the end of April.


 

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