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MLB 2022 | Yandy was perfect on Monday, Iglesias reaches 1000 career-hit, Moncada homers, and more

Daily Major League Baseball (MLB) Cuban Players News for the 2022 season. A compendium from several MLB sources.


Yandy Díaz. (Photo: Tampa Bay Ray's Twitter)

Jul 11, 2022


Yandy Díaz was perfect on Monday.


Yandy Díaz went 3-for-3 with two doubles, three runs scored and three RBI as the Rays topped the Red Sox 10-5 on Monday. It's the first three-RBI game of the year for Díaz and just the seventh of his career, as he's never had nearly as much luck plating runners as he has had getting on base himself. Díaz has 10 multi-hit performances in his last 15 games, slashing an absurd .500/.569/.704 over that stretch with 11 doubles, eight RBI and 11 runs with a 9:4 BB:K. The 30-year-old has a terrific .307/.418/.409 line this season.

Yoán Moncada hit a three-run homer Monday in the loss to the Guardians.


The homer off Cal Quantrill was Moncada's first in 13 games since coming off the IL and fourth in 42 games this season. Along with the 103-mph homer tonight, he had a 108-mph lineout to right, so maybe his bat is starting to come around. He's batting just .191/.236/.303 for the season.


José Iglesias went 1-for-4 with an RBI on Monday in his return to the Rockies' lineup.


Iglesias sliced an eighth-inning RBI double to right field off Padres' reliever Nabil Crismatt, jump-starting the Rockies' late rally on Monday evening, which came up just short in the final frame. The 32-year-old shortstop missed a pair of contests following a collision at home plate last Friday against the Diamondbacks, but should be good to go moving forward. With his single on Monday's game, Iglesias has now 1000 singles in the Majors and is just the 19th Cuban-born player to achieve that feat. Iglesias has collected 208 hits since leaving the Orioles for the 2021 campaign.

Luis Robert is sitting out the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Guardians.


Robert has played in all but one game for the White Sox since returning from the COVID-19 injured list back on May 30. The 24-year-old outfielder, who has 10 homers and 11 steals in 70 games this season, should be back in there for Tuesday's nightcap affair. On Monday, Luis Robert went 0-for-4 with a strikeout leaving his BA in .283 this year.


Jorge Soler (pelvis) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Pensacola on Tuesday.


Placed on the injured list with a retroactive date of June 29, Soler has avoided setbacks. He took batting practice on Tuesday ahead of the rehab stint. Provided all goes according to plan, he should be activated immediately following the All-Star break and perhaps even as early as this weekend's series against the Phillies.


White Sox's José Abreu: Two hits on Monday.


Abreu went 2-for-4 with a strikeout and a run scored on Monday, in a 8-4 loss against the Guardians. His BA is now .295 for the year.


Reds' Vladimir Gutiérrez: Tommy John surgery on tap. Gutiérrez (elbow) is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery later this month, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Gutiérrez, the Reds and the team's medical staff made the collective decision to have the right-hander go under the knife after he suffered a setback with his strained elbow during a live batting practice session Tuesday. Based on the timing of his upcoming surgery, Gutiérrez will miss the remainder of the 2022 campaign and likely the majority of the 2023 season while recovering from the procedure. He'll become the third Reds pitcher to require Tommy John in the last calendar year, joining Tejay Antone and Justin Wilson.


Cardinals' Johan Oviedo: Moves past hand issue. Oviedo (hand) struck out two and worked around two hits over 1.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen Sunday in the Cardinals' 4-3 win over the Phillies. Oviedo had been pulled from his previous relief appearance July 4 against Atlanta after he was struck on his pitching hand by a comebacker, but a few days of rest was all he needed to heal up. With Sunday's scoreless outing, the 24-year-old lowered his ERA to 3.10 over 20.1 innings at the big-league level this season.


Yankees' Aroldis Chapman: Struggles in loss Sunday. Chapman (0-3) took the loss against Boston on Sunday, allowing one run on one hit and two walks while striking out two over one inning. Chapman came on in the sixth inning with the game tied 6-6, and he allowed the first three batters he faced to reach base on a single and two walks. The veteran reliever bounced back to retire the next three hitters -- including two by strikeout -- but a Jeter Downs sacrifice fly allowed the go-ahead run to cross the plate, and New York was unable to score again in the contest. Chapman has allowed three runs and has walked five batters over three innings since returning from the IL on July 1. It seems unlikely that he'll regain the closer role until he gets back on track.