Soto leaves after ankle injury
NEW YORK — Juan Soto has been diagnosed with a right ankle sprain after being pulled from the Washington Nationals’ 7-4 victory over the New York Mets on Sunday.
The 20-year-old star came out of the game after turning his ankle running the bases in the seventh inning. Soto went first-to-third on Asdrubal Cabrera’s two-out, two-run double and was injured trying to slow down after third base coach Bob Henley threw up a late stop sign. The team said he is day to day after X-rays were negative.
The Mets tagged him out to end the inning, and Soto spiked his helmet, hobbled into the outfield and then was visited by a trainer.
“I just went 100 percent running to the plate and Bobby tried to stop me,” Soto said. “When I tried to stop, my ankle just rolled over.”
Soto remained in shallow left field for a few minutes, attempted to warm up defensively for the next inning, but then returned to the dugout. He was replaced by Victor Robles. Soto broke the same ankle in 2017.
Robles later provided a pair of insurance runs in the ninth with a two-run homer.
“I told the trainers that I just came out to let him hit a homer,” Soto joked.
Soto was 0 for 2 with two walks. He has reached base in 17 straight games and hit two home runs Saturday. Soto is hitting .289 with 24 home runs and 77 RBIs and ranks among the NL leaders in both walks and on-base percentage.
Mess cleaned up
MIAMI — The mess in the Atlanta Braves clubhouse made by a punctured fire extinguisher has been cleaned up before Sunday’s series finale at Miami.
The damage occurred when Braves reliever Sean Newcomb kicked a garbage can in anger after giving up the winning run in the 10th inning of Saturday night’s ugly 7-6 loss to the Marlins.
The metal garbage can hit the fire extinguisher hanging nearby on the tunnel wall between the dugout and clubhouse, and chemical dust began to spew. A large fan helped send dust and smoke flying, preventing the team from entering the clubhouse.
A cleanup crew stayed until early Sunday morning removing the dust. One worker said Newcomb apologized and offered to pay for any damage.
Atlanta’s bullpen gave up seven runs in the final three innings of the game, including four in the ninth.
TORONTO — All-Star infielder Gleyber Torres was back in the New York Yankees’ lineup for Sunday’s series finale at Toronto after sitting out the past four games because of an unspecified core injury.
Torres went to a hospital for treatment last Sunday, then served as New York’s designated hitter against the Orioles the following day. He started at second base Tuesday, but was removed in the third inning and hasn’t played since.
Torres took batting practice and fielded grounders before Saturday’s game, then flashed a thumbs-up to manager Aaron Boone as he returned to the clubhouse. The two-time All-Star is batting .281 with 23 homers and 62 RBI. He’ll bat sixth and play shortstop, giving regular Didi Gregorius a day off.
Also Sunday, the Yankees put left-hander Stephen Tarpley on the 10-day injured list because of a left shoulder impingement. Infielder Breyvic Valera was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Tarpley is the 17th Yankees player currently on the injured list. In all, 27 players have used the injured list 34 times this season. Last year, 20 Yankees players used the injured list 23 times.