There was plenty of news involving minor leaguers yesterday, none as surprising as the Astros calling up AA second baseman Jose Altuve. Altuve has all of 144 at bats above High A, but he has proven he can hit. He was hitting a combined .389-.426-.591 with 10 HRs, 10 triples, 22 doubles, 59 RBIs, 24 SBs in 38 attempts, and a 40-24 K/BB rate this season.
The Giants also called up top prospect Brandon Belt to play first base with Aubrey Huff sitting down for a few games with a back injury. Belt was hitting .324-.462-.549 with 7 HRs, 29 RBIs and an excellent 42-38 K/BB rate in 142 at bats at AAA Fresno.
Met outfielder Ike Davis might be done for the year, and he basically told reporter that yesterday. This from ESPN's Adam Rubin:
Speaking to children at Coleman Country Day Camp in Merrick, N.Y., on Long Island, on Tuesday, Davis candidly described his left ankle as "not good."
"But next year I will be back and healthy," Davis told the campers. "I promise."
When told of Davis' comments, manager Terry Collins said he was not resigned to the first baseman missing the remainder of the season, but he added, "I'm surprised he would say something like that."
Davis later told reporters, "I'm not throwing in the towel. In three weeks if I'm not healthy, I'm not playing this year."
Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun returned to the lineup last night and homered in his first at bat. Reports stated he would not play the whole game, so the Brewers are bringing him back slowly, it appears.
More Roundup after the jump:
Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran, the subject of numerous trade rumors lately, went 3-3 with 2 walks, 2 doubles and a run scored. For the season, he is hitting .293-.389-.523 with 14 HRs, 59 RBIs, 55 runs and 3 SBs. It appears the Phillies and Red Sox are the two teams that are hot after Beltran right now.
Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford picked up where he left off before going on the DL, as he went 0-4 with a SB last night. Do you think Red Sox GM Theo Epstein is second guessing paying Crawford all that money?
Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez went 4-4 for AAA Indianapolis last night and is hitting .370-.444-.543 with 2 HRs and 10 RBIs in 46 at bats. I think he is close to getting a call up. OK, I own him in the UBA league, so I am getting a bit anxious.
Orioles outfielder Adam Jones went 2-4 with a run scored in the O's win over the Red Sox last night. Jones is having a solid season at the plate, hitting .288-.327-.479 with 16 HRs, 56 RBIs, 44 runs and 6 SBs. I thought this guy stole bases.
Tigers outfielder Brennan Boesch went 3-5 with 2 doubles, a run and an RBI last night and is now hitting .301-.353-.491 with 13 HRs, 46 RBIs and 59 runs scored. He is out to prove that his second half slump last year was a fluke, and he is doing a good job so far.
The Pirates shut out the Reds for the second straight game, and you have to applaud the season they are having. I am rooting for them. But one has to wonder if the Reds, who have scored just 10 runs in their last 5 games, and just 4 in their last 4 games, will call up either Yonder Alonso or Devin Mesoraco to help spark the offense. They are also looking at trading for Chone Figgins to leadoff.
The Indians keep running Orlando Cabrera, and his .244-.276-.324 triple slash line, out to second base everyday, and you have to wonder when second base prospect Jason Kipnis will be called up. Kipnis is hitting .287-.370-.488 with 11 HRs, 53 RBIs, 63 runs and 12 SBs at AAA Columbus thus far in 2011, and would be an offensive upgrade for the Indians.