CLEVELAND, Ohio — Manager Terry Francona mentioned Josh Naylor will have his right ankle examined when the workforce returns to Cleveland after Sunday’s sport in opposition to the Rays.
Naylor missed Friday’s sport in opposition to Tampa Bay due to a sore again. He aggravated his again Thursday night time throughout an at-bat in opposition to Boston at Fenway Park.
He was scratched from Saturday’s lineup a few half-hour earlier than the primary pitch due to soreness in his surgically-repaired right ankle.
“He was on his option to get unfastened,” mentioned Francona. “All of a sudden he mentioned the ankle went numb on him and it was arduous to stroll. The arduous half is getting him checked out right here. It will not do any good.
“There is a lot happening in there. To be truthful to all people we’ll get him checked out once we go house.”
Last yr Naylor underwent season-ending surgical procedure after fracturing his ankle in a collision with infielder Ernie Clement at Target Field on June 27.
“I do not doubt it hurts,” mentioned Francona. “But it is arduous to think about one thing vital occurred when he was on his option to get unfastened. So that is hopeful.”
Naylor has grow to be one of many Guardians best hitters in the wake of what gave the impression to be a career-threatening harm. He’s batting .282 (72-for-255) with 14 homers and 53 RBI. On this journey, he is hitting .345 (11-for-32) with 4 doubles, one homer and 6 RBI. He’s hit 4 homers from the ninth inning on and is batting .333 (25-for-75) with 39 RBI with runners in scoring place.
For a Guardians workforce that runs cold and hot on offense, dropping Naylor for any size of time at this a part of the season would harm.
Let’s do it once more
Reliever Bryan Shaw will make his second consecutive begin Sunday because the Guardians shut this 11-game journey with their second bullpen sport in six days.
Shaw made his first begin after 732 aid appearances on Tuesday at Fenway Park. He stuffed the opener’s position, going 2 1/3 innings in an 8-3 win over the Red Sox. Rookie lefty Kirk McCarty did the heavy lifting, going 4 scoreless innings to earn the win. McCarty will be ready in the wings on Sunday as properly.
The Guardians will get their first have a look at Tampa lefty Shane McClanahan (10-3, 1.76), who began the All-Star Game for the AL, on Sunday. He is 8-1 in his final 12 begins.
The Guards could also be getting their first have a look at one other Tampa Bay participant on Sunday — outfielder David Peralta. The Rays formally introduced they acquired Peralta in a commerce with Arizona following Saturday’s win over the Guardians. Arizona was in Atlanta when the commerce was made so Peralta might be in uniform on Sunday.
Peralta, 34, is a free agent after this season. He’s hitting .248 (69-for-278) with 19 doubles, 12 homers, 41 RBI and a .777 OPS.
“He’s only a good baseball participant,” mentioned Rays supervisor Kevin Cash. “He’s bought a monitor report of taking part in good baseball. He’s stable in left subject, stable with the bat and he is completed a superb job hitting right-handed pitching this yr.”
The Rays’ outfield has been decimated with accidents to Kevin Kiermaier, Harold Ramirez and Manuel Margot. They at present have 17 gamers on the injured record.
- Rookie Steven Kwan prolonged his hitting streak to 13 video games with a double in the fifth inning Saturday. Kwan is hitting .367 (22-for-60) in the streak with 13 runs, 5 doubles, one homer and 5 RBI. It is the longest streak by a Cleveland rookie since Greg Allen’s 14-gamer in 2018.
- In Friday’s 4-2 win over the Rays, Kwan went 3-for-5 with two runs and a stolen base. It was his ninth three-hit sport of the season, probably the most by a Cleveland rookie since Oscar Mercado had 10 in 2019.
- The Guardians, after Saturday’s loss, have dropped 17 of their final 21 video games at Tropicana Field.
- Zach Plesac, who took the loss Saturday, is 0-2 with a 7.02 ERA (13 earned runs in 16 2/3 innings) in three begins in opposition to the Rays.
Fire down beneath
Will Brennan homered and drove in three runs Friday as Class AAA Columbus beat Louisville, 9-3. Brennan has 83 RBI between Class AA Columbus and Class AA Akron. Bo Naylor and Bobby Bradley additionally homered, whereas Hunter Gaddis (1-0, 2.70) allowed three runs over six innings for the win. . .José Tena had two hits as Class AA Akron beat Harrisburg, 2-1. Gavin Williams began and threw three scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Carlos Vargas adopted with two scoreless innings. . .Joe Naranjo went 4-for-5, however Class A Lake County misplaced to South Bend, 7-6. . .Richard Paz drove in three runs, however Class A Lynchburg misplaced to Delmarva, 10-7. Braunny Munoz (2-2, 4.00) allowed seven runs on 9 hits in 4 1/3 innings to take the loss.
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