– Nori Aoki has been in the MLB for five years, however, Sunday night will be one he won’t forget. In the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Angels, Aoki hit a single which gave him his 2,000th career hit between the MLB and the JNPBL of Japan. He only has 716 hits in the majors, and 1,284 in the JNPBL. The hit gives him automatic entrance into the Meikyukai or “Golden Players Club,” which is one of the two Japanese hall of fames. After the bittersweet ending to the game for the Houston Astros, losing 12-8, a representative of the Meikyukai flew in from Japan and awarded Aoki with an honorary jacket. Astros skipper A.J. Hinch spoke on Aoki’s success. “Tip of the cap to him,” he praised. “Congratulations for a really cool accomplishment. 2,000 hits takes a long time. It takes a lot of success. I’m very proud of him and glad he did it as an Astro.”
News and Notes:
– The Baltimore Orioles have DFA’d veteran righty Edwin Jackson.
– The Philadelphia Phillies have placed second baseman Cesar Hernandez on the 10-day DL with a left oblique strain. Veteran righty Joaquin Benoit has been activated off the DL and added to the 25-man roster.
– The Minnesota Twins have DFA’d righty Drew Rucinski.
– According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, the New York Mets have DFA’d lefty Sean Gilmartin. The move opens a roster spot for righty Seth Lugo.
– The Arizona Diamondbacks have reinstated outfielder Socrates Brito from the 60-day DL, and demoted him to Triple-A Reno. They also activated Zack Greinke from the paternity list and DFA’d righty Tom Wilhelmsen.
– The St. Louis Cardinals claimed lefty Sean Gilmartin from the New York Mets.
– According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Boston Red Sox are one of several teams scouting Kansas City Royals lefty Mike Minor.
– The San Diego Padres have selected the contract of righty Phil Maton from Triple-A El Paso. In order to make room, they optioned righty Kevin Quackenbush to El Paso and DFA’d righty Jake Esch.
– Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News reports that San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner is facing live hitters for the first time since his dirt bike incident.
– The Seattle Mariners have activated outfielder Mitch Haniger from the 10-day DL.
– The Washington Nationals have placed closer Koda Glover on the 10-day DL with lower back stiffness.
– Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that St. Louis Cardinals lefty Marco Gonzalez will make his first start since 2015 on Tuesday. He missed the last two years after undergoing Tommy John surgery.