MLB News & Moments You Should Know: 6/7/2024

A superstar leaves early and another O's prospect debuts.

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Today’s Headlines


Soto Exits Early


The Yankees finished off an 8-5 win and series sweep over the Minnesota Twins after a rain delay on Thursday night, but the big story wasn’t the victory, but rather the early exit of superstar Juan Soto. Soto left the game with what the team is calling “left forearm discomfort.” Soto is slated to undergo further testing and imaging today and had this to say after the game:

It appears that this issue has been bugging Soto for a while and finally came to a head in Thursday’s victory. We won’t know more until this additional testing is complete, so our fingers are crossed for the Yankees’ superstar. Further muddying the waters of this situation was the pulling of Jasson Domínguez from last night’s Triple-A game. It’s easy to see these two moves and assume they’re connected, but further investigation of the timeline of events showed that Dominguez was pulled before the rain delay in New York when Soto exited the game. In a perfect world, we’ll see these two in pinstripes together sometime this summer. All we can do for now is wait.


Woes Continue for South Side Sox


It’s no secret that the Chicago White Sox are having a tough season. They’re at or very close to the bottom of the league in most statistical categories and own the worst record in the league by a fair margin at 15-48. Last night’s loss to the Boston Red Sox set the kind of franchise record you hope to never see -broken:

It’s been a tumultuous season (and honestly few years) for the White Sox, whose on-field struggles and rumored relocation have stained the reputation of owner Jerry Reinsdorf. It’s also a disservice to those players who have been having solid seasons, such as rising star Garrett Crochet. For now, the biggest story for the White Sox is the impending trade market for star outfielder Luis Robert Jr.

Robert’s departure will signify the end of what was once a bright future for the White Sox. Robert, Eloy JiménezDylan Cease, and others were once viewed as the cornerstones of a rising young squad, but those days of optimism on the South Side of Chicago are over. No franchise deserves to go through what this team has experienced over the past few years. Hopefully, better times are on the horizon for this historic franchise.


Povich Makes MLB Debut


The Baltimore Orioles have a seemingly endless supply of stud prospects stashed away in Triple-A Norfolk. While most of these players, like the recently-promoted Connor Norby, are on the offensive side of the ball, they also have plenty of talented arms rising through the system. Enter Cade Povich, a 24-year-old Nebraska graduate ready to make his first big league start. Povich started things off with a bang, striking out Davis Schneider in the bottom of the first:

Povich would cruise through the first two innings but run into some trouble in the bottom of the third. After walking two batters, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. welcomed the rookie to the majors in the only way he knows how:

Povich would eventually exit this game in the sixth and take the loss after allowing a total of six runs across 5.1 innings and 100 pitches. While it wasn’t the debut Povich was hoping for, he’ll likely get a couple more chances with the big-league club while they navigate a gauntlet of a schedule (30 games in 31 days) and deal with injuries to Dean Kremer and John Means. The most important thing? His parents were there to watch his dream become a reality:


Westbrook’s First Homer


Finally, a palate cleanser after some tough leading headlines today. One of yesterday’s best stories was the first big league hit for Jamie Westbrook after spending 11 years in the minors. Westbrook decided that this whole “hitting the ball” thing was pretty fun and decided to get in on the action during Thursday’s 14-2 rout of the White Sox:

This kind of thing right here is why we love baseball.


Best Moments From Yesterday


Sightseeing Across the Pond


The New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies will square off in a two-game set in London this weekend as part of MLB’s World Tour. The baseball is sure to be entertaining, but so are all the posts on social media. Here’s just a few from Thursday:


Of course, you know the Philly Phanatic had to get in on the action.

This kind of time lapse is always fun to watch:



I’m sure we’ll get plenty more content as we get closer to the first of the two-game set on Saturday.


Cruz’s Cleats


During Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles DodgersOneil Cruz paid homage to his big league club and the team that first signed him with some stylish footwear:

He then showed the visiting team why they should have held on to him in the only way he knows how:


Party Foul!


Few plays in baseball fandom are as legendary as the Beer Catch. Maybe just don’t try to do it on a 130 MPH Elly De La Cruz laser beam:


Switch-Hitting Superstar


While the Orioles took the loss in Cade Povich’s debut, Adley Rutschman did his best to keep his squad in the running with a pair of bombs:


Highway I-64 Robbery


Matt Carpenter hits a baseball hard. Michael Toglia has other ideas:


Injuries and Other Moves


⚾ Rockies placed 3B Kris Bryant on the 15-day IL with a left rib contusion.

Rockies 3B Sean Bouchard also made his way to the 10day IL with a right ankle sprain.

Mets RP Edwin Diaz was sent to begin a rehab assignment with High-A Brooklyn. Here’s hoping Díaz can find his groove and return to the dominant form we’re used to seeing from him.

Reds activated RP Emilio Pagán from the 15-day IL and optioned SP Graham Ashcraft to Triple-A Louisville in a corresponding move.

Cardinals SP Steven Matz was sent to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis.

Pirates placed RHP Quinn Priester on the 15-day IL with a right lat muscle injury.

The Orioles optioned RP Nick Vespi to Triple-A Norfolk in a corresponding move with the Povich call-up.


Articles You Should Read


Five struggling hitters who are doing the right things and getting the wrong results — Eno Sarris, The Athletic

The Dog Ate My Prospect — Kiri Oler, Fangraphs


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Christian Otteman

Christian Otteman is a hopelessly optimistic Cubs fan living in Milwaukee just looking to share his love of this beautiful game with others. He is especially a fan of the wild and weird things that only a game like baseball can produce. While he's not watching baseball, Christian is playing golf, hosting trivia, and working on his Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Marquette University.

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