With seven weeks of the 2023 common season now within the books, listed below are three issues we’ll be maintaining a tally of across the baseball world all through the day in the present day:
1. Altuve to return?
Astros star Jose Altuve has but to play this season because of thumb surgical procedure he underwent after struggling an damage in the course of the World Baseball Traditional. That would change quickly. On the heels of Altuve starting a rehab task final week, supervisor Dusty Baker instructed reporters (together with The Athletic’s Chandler Rome) that the second baseman was returning to Minute Maid Park for a exercise throughout yesterday’s off-day, and might be activated from the injured checklist as quickly as in the present day if stated exercise goes effectively.
Including Altuve again into the membership’s lineup each day needs to be a lift for an Astros offense that ranks backside 5 within the majors by way of OPS this season. Regardless of these offensive woes, Houston has performed to a 24-19 document, although that determine is barely adequate for second place within the AL West, behind the 26-17 Rangers. Mauricio Dubon has crammed in admirably for Altuve, hitting .309/.333/.389 in 156 plate appearances whereas taking part in above-average protection per each Defensive Runs Saved (5) and Outs Above Common (1).
2. Severino anticipated to be activated:
Additionally anticipated to make his 2023 common season debut this weekend is Yankees right-hander Luis Severino, who as famous by Bryach Hoch of MLB.com was introduced by supervisor Aaron Boone because the membership’s probably starter for Sunday’s recreation in opposition to the Reds. The 29-year-old Severino pitched simply 18 innings between the 2019, 2020, and 2021 campaigns however returned to the mound for 102 robust innings final season, posting a 3.18 ERA and three.70 FIP with a 27.7% strikeout fee.
If Severino could make an identical affect for the Yankees this season, that may be an enormous improvement for the Yankees, who’ve seen minimal manufacturing from their rotation outdoors of Gerrit Cole. Nestor Cortes, Jhony Brito, and Clarke Schmidt all have ERAs north of 5.00, Domingo German was not too long ago suspended for violating the international substance ban. Neither Carlos Rodon nor Frankie Montas has thrown a pitch this season.
3. Mets roster strikes incoming:
Final night time, it was reported that the Mets are anticipated to pick out the contract of veteran catcher Gary Sanchez earlier than this night’s recreation in opposition to the Guardians. Seeing as Sanchez isn’t on the 40-man roster, the Mets should clear area each on the 40-man and energetic rosters to accommodate him. Speculatively talking, Sanchez might take the place of present backup catcher Michael Perez, who has appeared in simply two video games for the membership whereas filling in for the injured Tomas Nido.
Sanchez, who went 8-for-26 with 9 walks and ten strikeouts in 37 Triple-A plate appearances with the Mets, would probably be an improve over the 30-year-old Perez, who sports activities a profession 53 wRC+ over 598 plate appearances for the reason that starting of his large league profession in 2018. Sanchez has a profession wRC+ of 109 throughout his 666 video games within the majors, with the vast majority of these coming as the first catcher for the Yankees.