Blue Jays offense stalled
Limited to just three hits, the Toronto Blue Jays were shut out 1-0 by the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday in a preseason game at Tropicana Field. < /p>
George Springer, Brandon Belt and Cavan Biggio were the only Canadian major league team to get the ball to safety. The Rays starter for this duel, Drew Rasmussen, gave up two hits in five innings of work. He also had two strikeouts.
The only point of this duel was scored in the third set. Harold Ramirez hit a single that allowed teammate Yandy Diaz to step on the plate. At this time, Gunner Alek Monoah was on duty. The Jays' star pitcher allowed five hits and walked one in six innings on the mound. He also passed four rivals in the mitt.
The Blue Jays return to action on Monday afternoon, with a matchup against the Detroit Tigers. The Queen City organization have maintained a 13-11 record since the start of their pre-season schedule.
Jose Altuve on the sidelines for long?
< p>The Houston Astros received bad news about second baseman Jose Altuve on Sunday.
The day before, the 32-year-old injured the thumb on his right hand during a game of the World Baseball Classic. The Venezuelan hurt himself during a duel against the United States. He received a shot from Daniel Bard directly on his hand.
The Astros have advised that Altuve will require surgery and they don't know how long he will be out at this time.
< p>“I feel pretty good,” said Altuve, whose remarks were reported by the daily “Houston Chronicle's”.
“I just have to go home and concentrate on what I am going to have to do. I will stay around the team and I will encourage my teammates.”
“Nobody wants to get injured and start the campaign on the injured list. I want to control what I can control and recover quickly to get back with the team.”
In 2022, Altuve maintained a .300 batting average. He hit 158 hits, including 28 home runs.