MLB News & Moments You Should Know – 5/21/23

Gorman goes deep to sink Dodgers, who lose another starter to the IL.

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It sure seems like everything is heating up a little bit earlier than usual. Maybe it is the balanced schedule in MLB this season creating less monotony between teams in the same division. Whatever it is, May has certainly brought us some terrific moments so far.


Today’s Headlines


Gorman Gives Cardinals A Boost

Could the St. Louis Cardinals have fixed whatever was ailing them? Who knows, but for now, count the Cards as on a roll. Nolan Gorman crushed a three-run homer that broke a 3-3 tie with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning as St. Louis beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5. The blast off Victor González came after an intentional walk to Paul Goldschmidt and was the second home run for Gorman off a left-hander this series, the only times he has gone deep off a lefty in his brief career. Speaking of which, Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of Gorman making his MLB debut. The Cardinals have won nine of their last 12 and Gorman has an 11-game hitting streak.

Urías Latest Dodgers Pitcher To Hit IL

If you had the Dodgers facing a starting pitching crisis less than two months into the season on your bingo card, you just might have won a jackpot. In a surprise move, the Dodgers placed left-hander Julio Urías on the 15-day injured list due to a left hamstring strain. Urías was roughed up Thursday by the St. Louis Cardinals, but no physical issues had been revealed. The move comes days after right-hander Dustin May went on the IL with a forearm strain that could sideline him five to seven weeks. Of the 26 pitchers on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster, 10 are currently on the IL. One of the three in the minors, right-hander Gavin Stone, is expected to slot into May’s spot in the rotation, but beyond that, the Dodgers are facing questions. They lost right-hander Dylan Covey on a waiver claim to the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday, while also reportedly signing former MLB closer Ken Giles to a minor-league contract.

Orioles Stun Jays

In case you thought the Baltimore Orioles were just a cute little story from last year, think again. These young Birds look to be here for a while. The Toronto Blue Jays found that out the hard way as Ryan O’Hearn cranked a three-run, game-tying homer off closer Jordan Romano in the eighth inning. The Orioles went on to win in 10 innings as Ryan Mountcastle scored when he was hit by a throw by three-time Gold Glove-winning third baseman Matt Chapman.

Hicks DFA’d By Yankees

The writing has been on the wall for this move for quite some time. Outfielder Aaron Hicks was designated for assignment by the New York Yankees in order to make room for outfielder Greg Allen, acquired Friday in a rare trade with the Boston Red Sox. Hicks, who has three years and almost $30 million remaining on his contract, was slashing .188/.263/.261 with one homer and five RBIs in 28 games this season. Once a fixture in left field, his playing time has dwindled and he openly wondered if he wouldn’t be better off with a different team.


Best Moments From Yesterday


Vlad The Rewarder

A little kindness goes a long way. While a young Toronto Blue Jays fan’s sign was intended for Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. saw it and made sure the kid didn’t go home empty-handed.

Surprise Appearance

Ivan Rodriguez pulled the old switerchoo. And it was terrific.


Injuries and Other Moves


Minnesota Twins second baseman Jorge Polanco (left hamstring strain) was placed on the 10-day IL. Second baseman Edouard Julien was called up from Triple-A to replace him.

Oakland A’s right-hander Drew Rucinski (stomach illness) landed on the 15-day IL. Right-hander James Kaprielian was recalled from Triple-A.

The Philadelphia Phillies claimed right-hander Dylan Covey off waivers from the Dodgers.

Los Angeles Angels first baseman Jared Walsh (headaches, insomnia) was activated from the 10-day IL and outfielder Brett Phillips was DFA’d.

The Chicago White Sox will promote outfielder Clint Frazier before Sunday’s game.


Articles You Should Read


Should the Giants hold territorial rights in South Bay? Uncovered doc raises questions John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle

Red Sox’s Refsnyder plays part-time, yet has a big role — Pete Abraham, Boston Globe

Jackson Holliday, last year’s No. 1 overall pick, is having a banner week — Brandon Samson, MLB.com

Defense a primary reason for Angels not doing better — Sam Blum, The Athletic


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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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