The giants placed LaMonte Wade Jr. back on the injured list with continued inflammation in his left knee, according to a team announcement. outfielder Luis Gonzalezwho was tapped earlier in the week after a hot start to his tenure with the Giants, is back to take his place on the roster. NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic reports that Wade had an MRI and is expected to see a third-party doctor next Monday for a second opinion. The 28-year-old has already missed nearly four weeks of the season due to left knee issues and played just 10 games for San Francisco that year. He’s hitting .240/.375/.360 in a small sample of 32 plate appearances, which is solid thanks to five walks and a shot-for-shot, but nowhere near last year’s pace in the power department. Wade hit 18 homers, 17 doubles and three triples in just 381 plate appearances with the Giants last season.
While there are surely concerns throughout the Giants organization over Wade’s knee, his return to the injured list clears the way for the 26-year-old Gonzalez to try to prove his .349/ .397/.492 (73 plate appearances) has some legitimacy. No one should expect Gonzalez to maintain a .370 average on the balls he puts in play, but his 8.2% walk rate is solid and his 13.7% strikeout rate is downright tiny by today’s standards. While there is surely some regression in store, Gonzalez was a prospect of some note in the White Sox system before landing in San Francisco, but he only ever received 13 on-board appearances from the league with the South Siders.
A few other injury notes to watch out for in the league…
- A recent MRI performed on the left-handed Tigers Eduardo Rodriguez revealed no major damage to his oblique or intercostal muscles, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic writes. On the one hand, this is good news, but on the other, it leaves some mystery as to the left-handed disease. Rodriguez quit his start against the Rays this week in the first inning, after allowing six of the seven batters he faced to reach base. His fastball speed was noticeably down, sitting at just 89.8 mph after averaging just better than 92 mph in his first seven outings. He’s likely linked to IL, and it looks like the Tigers will continue to assess him as they look for the root of the problem.
- As if the Tigers’ injury woes weren’t bad enough – Rodriguez is likely linked to the IL, where he will join Casey Mize, Matt Manning, Tyler Alexander, Michael Pineda and Spencer Turnbull – escape starter Tarik Skubal left tonight’s game after pulling a 100.4 mph return liner off his leg late in the fifth inning. Skubal, 25, shut out Cleveland on five frames before coming out, dropping his ERA to 2.22 at 42 2/3 frames. He stoked 28.4% of his opponents against just 4.5% walk rate on the season. The Tigers announced Skubal was initially diagnosed with only a bruise, but MLB.com’s Jason Beck tweet that he will undergo additional tests tomorrow. Skubal told reporters that he’s optimistic about his next move, but there’s enough swelling that doctors haven’t performed imaging yet (hence the additional assessment tomorrow).
- sailor catcher Tom Murphyout since dislocating his shoulder in a game against home plate on May 6, suffered a setback in his recovery and isn’t expected to be off the injured list anytime soon, tweet Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. Further details have yet to be announced by the team, but it’s a blow considering Murphy was out for a .303/.439/.455 start to the season, albeit through a small sample of 42 appearances on set. He’s been a .240/.321/.440 total hitter in 687 plate appearances since joining the Mariners in 2020, and his absence will leave the team dependent on young backers. Cal Raleigh and Louis Torrenswho have both struggled a lot at home plate this year.
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