MLB News & Moments You Should Know – 5/20/23

Lindor works some magic for Mets; Machado heads to IL for Padres

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Big-time performances, big-time finishes and big-time injuries. Just another day in MLB. There was plenty of action all around, so let’s get to it.


Today’s Headlines


Mets’ Lindor Haunts Guardians With Walk-Off

It only seemed fitting that in a wild and crazy game between the New York Mets and Cleveland Guardians that Francisco Lindor was at the plate with the game on the line. After all, it was Cleveland that traded Lindor to the Mets in 2021. Lindor hit a single past second baseman Andrés Giménez off Guardians closer Emmanuel Clase to drive in Francisco Álvarez and cap a three-run 10th inning for a 10-9 victory. Giménez was part of the return the Guardians got for Lindor in the six-player trade.

The 10th-inning dramatics, which saw the Guardians take a 9-7 lead on Gabriel Arias‘ two-run homer, wouldn’t have been possible without a grand slam from Mets slugger Pete Alonso that tied the game 7-7 in the seventh inning. Alonso has homered in four straight games, tying his career-best streak.

Padres Send Machado To IL

To say things haven’t gone as scripted for the San Diego Padres is an understatement. The latest speed bump is All-Star third baseman Manny Machado being placed on the 10-day injured list with a fractured metacarpal in his left hand. Infielder-outfielder Brandon Dixon was promoted from Triple-A. Machado was hit by a pitch Monday and the club took a few days to make the IL move. He is slashing .231/.282/.372 with five homers and 19 RBI.

Almost Perfect

It was 27 up, but not 27 down. Michael Kopech retired the first 16 batters and allowed just one hit while facing the minimum 24 over eight innings as the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 2-0. Kopech, who struck out 10 and walked none, allowed a one-out, broken-bat single in the sixth inning to Michael Massey. The next batter, Jackie Bradley Jr., hit into an inning-ending double play. “He’s got a great fastball and when he’s commanding it like the way he was tonight, he’s unstoppable,” White Sox catcher Seby Zavala said.

Judge On Fire

Aaron Judge is on his first extended hot streak of the 2023 season.

The New York Yankees outfielder, who set the American League single-season record of 62 homers in 2022, homered for the seventh time in as many games when he cranked out a solo shot in the top of the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds. Judge has hit homers in five of those seven games, with a pair of two-homer games making up the difference. It was his 13th homer of the season and extended his hitting streak to seven games. The Yankees won 6-2.


Bauer Sent To Minors In Japan

Thing aren’t going very well for Trevor Bauer in Japan. The former Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander has struggled in his three starts with the Yokohama DeNA Baystars, posting an 8.40 ERA. He is being sent to a minor-league affiliate for an “adjustment start” Sunday before rejoining the Baystars.

Bauer is in Japan due to his suspension following a domestic violence incident. He was originally suspended 324 games (two full seasons) a little more than a year ago, but that penalty was reduced to 194 games, which includes the first 50 of this season. The Dodgers released Bauer after his suspension was reduced. He is owed about $25 million by the Dodgers for the rest of this season.

A Red Sox-Yankees Trade?

It isn’t very often you see the two American League East rivals get together on a trade, but the Yankees and Boston Red Sox did so for just the seventh time in the Divisional Era (since 1969).

The Yankees acquired outfielder Greg Allen from the Red Sox in exchange for minor-league right-hander Diego Hernandez and cash considerations. Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reported that Allen had an upward mobility clause in his contract that allowed for a trade if the Red Sox did not promote him by a certain date and another team had a 26-man roster spot for him.

Cubs DFA Hosmer

Eric Hosmer is the odd man out once again. The first baseman, who won a World Series with the Kansas City Royals in 2015, was designated for assignment by the Chicago Cubs, who made a flurry of moves. Hosmer was squeezed off the San Diego Padres‘ roster a year ago due to the Juan Soto trade in which Josh Bell was also dealt by the Washington Nationals.

Hosmer couldn’t last half a season with the rebuilding Cubs. In 94 at-bats this season, Hosmer has a .234/.280/.330 for a 67 OPS+ and -0.4 bWAR. Could this be it for the 33-year-old Hosmer? Hosmer signed an eight-year, $144 million contract in 2018, most of which is being paid by the Padres as part of his trade to the Boston Red Sox last year.


Best Moments From Yesterday


Altuve Returns

In his first game since breaking his right thumb when he was hit by a pitch during the World Baseball Classic, Jose Altuve went 0-for-4 in the Houston Astros‘ 5-1 victory over the Oakland A’s. The second baseman did walk once from his customary leadoff position.

Defense In Debut

Patrick Bailey was called up by the San Francisco Giants to make his MLB debut. He did just that Friday, but it was only three innings of defense in the Giants’ 4-3 victory over the Miami Marlins. With wife Leigha and infant daughter Briella watching, Bailey helped steal a strike that sent his loved ones into celebration.


Injuries and Other Moves


Texas Rangers ace right-hander Jacob deGrom (right elbow inflammation) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session and said he felt good about the outing.

New York Mets left-hander José Quintana (rib surgery) will begin mound work Saturday. He is slated for a July return.

Catcher Gary Sánchez was called up from Triple-A by the New York Mets. Outfielder Tim Locastro was placed on the 60-day IL with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb.

Catcher Patrick Bailey, the 13th pick of the 2020 draft, was called up from Triple-A by the San Francisco Giants for his MLB debut. Catcher Joey Bart (groin strain) and right-hander Ross Stripling (back strain) were placed on the 10-day and 15-day IL, respectively. Outfielder Ryan Walker was also called up from Triple-A. Outfielder Cal Stevenson was DFA’d.

San Diego Padres right-hander Seth Lugo was put on the 15-day IL due to a strained right calf.

Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Wade Miley will miss six to eight weeks after being diagnosed with a posterior serratus strain. He was placed on the IL Wednesday.

Rookie right-hander Peyton Battenfield (right shoulder inflammation) was put on the 15-day IL.

Right-hander Lucas Erceg, just acquired via trade from the Brewers, was called up for his MLB debut by the Oakland A’s. Right-hander Zach Neal was DFA’d and righty Zach Jackson (flexor tendon strain) was placed on the 15-day IL.

Outfielder-third baseman Miguel Andujar was DFA’d by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Atlanta called up veteran infielder Charlie Culberson from Triple-A.


Articles You Should Read


Four transformations that made the Rays the best team in baseball — Ken Rosenthal, The Athletic

Revisiting the Mets-Guardians trade that sent Lindor to the Big Apple — Anthony DiComo, MLB.com

Why is Betts playing shortstop for the Dodgers? Because he can — Scott Miller, New York Times

Why is Harold Ramirez’s hair blue? He does it for his autistic son — Bryan Horowitz, MLB.com


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Steve Drumwright

Steve Drumwright is a lifelong baseball fan who retired as a player before he had the chance to be cut from the freshman team in high school. He recovered to become a sportswriter and have a successful journalism career at newspapers in Wisconsin and California. Follow him on Twitter and Threads @DrummerWrites.

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