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In this Week that Was, we highlight an anticipated debut, some great performances from around the league, and a potential baseball-hacky sack crossover.

Welcome to the show, Adley! The Orioles called up the number one prospect in all of Major League baseball on Saturday night. Adley Rutschman made his major league debut on Saturday night, in a matchup against the Tampa Bay Rays. The moment where Rutschman got the news he was being called up was captured on candid video, and posted to the Orioles’ social media. The video revealed that the 24-year-old catcher would be making the trip to Baltimore, to later meet a joyous mob of his teammates offering their congratulations. The heartwarming clip now has 1.7 million views.

The road to the show has been a fascinating journey for the young catcher. Rutschman became the second number one overall pick in Orioles history on June 3, 2019. He signed his professional contract on June 25, 2019, and then got a taste of the bigs in 2020, where he was invited to spring training and went 1-for-9 with a run scored and a walk over seven games. Before his debut on Saturday night, Rutschman played three seasons in the minors, with a decorated .282/.391/.488 career slash line, contributing to a .879 OPS over 780 plate appearances, including 30 homers, 110 RBI, 38 doubles, and four stolen bases.

In his debut, Rutschman batted sixth in the Orioles lineup, and caught starting pitcher Kyle Bradish. The monumental “save-that-baseball” moment happened soon after. Rutschman’s first career hit was an extra base hit - specifically a triple pulled in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Orioles fell to the Rays, 6-1, but Rutschman finished the evening going 1-for-3. A bright future ahead for a rising star.

Notable Performances

Tim Anderson continues to improve his game, and continues to silence a wide variety of aggressors, whether in the form of nagging micro-aggressions or just egregious naysayers that bemoan him for the simple offense of standing up for himself. His Baseball Savant page reveals via a gorgeous chart that he's a spray hitter with a smooth swing. A high contact hitter, he virtually cut his K-rate in half from 21.6% in 2021 to 11.3% in 2022. He’s had seven hits in his past three games, against some of the best pitching in baseball. Anderson belted a three-run homer on Sunday for his fifth of the year at Yankee Stadium to give the White Sox a 5-0 lead, and eventually, the win. He went 3-for-5 at the dish and has an .886 OPS through 150 plate appearances. Silence is like justice; best cast with the swift swing of a bat.

Mookie Betts continues to impress, after a slow start to the 2022 season. On Saturday, he put up a 3-for-4 performance, including his ninth home run of the season in the top of the third. He put up another extra base hit with a double in the fifth inning that plated Gavin Lux and Chris Taylor. He sports an impressive .316/.369/.645 triple-slash line, including six home runs, seven doubles, and 17 RBI.

Paul Goldschmidt has hit in 14 straight games after hitting a pair of doubles, ultimately going 4-for-5 at the dish on Saturday. Eight of those 14 straight games have been multi-hit efforts. He got the day off on Sunday, but he’s been incredible in the month of May, with a 1.235 OPS in May with five homers, 12 doubles, and 19 RBI. This hitting streak is accompanied by a 28-game on-base streak. He’s got a respectable 179 wRC+ on the season.

Julio Rodriguez swiped his 12th base on Saturday, which currently leads all of Major League Baseball. He’s slashing .318/.364/.464 with a 148 wRC+ in the month of May. The rookie sensation is 12 for 28 (.429) in his last seven games, with four of those games being multi-hit efforts.

Jose Ramirez is crushing the ball, including a performance on Friday night where he homered, tripled, and drove in three runs, in the Guardians’ 6-1 victory over the Tigers. It’s apparent he’s feeling much better after having to leave Thursday's game after fouling a ball off his lower leg. He’s got a 158 wRC+ this year as a testament to his excellent performance, accompanied by a .287/.380/.588 triple-slash line including nine homers and 37 RBI.

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Injury Report

The Padres have placed RHP Mike Clevinger on the 15-Day injured list with a right triceps strain, retroactive to May 21. In a corresponding move, they’ve recalled right handed pitcher Steven Wilson from Triple-A El Paso. Disappointing news since he appeared to have made progress in his last few starts as he eases back from Tommy John surgery. He's given up five runs with 15 strikeouts over 14 innings across three starts this season for the Padres.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell confirmed that righty pitcher Freddy Peralta will head to the 15-day injured list, after Peralta was removed from Sunday's start in Washington, after experiencing tightness in his right shoulder. Catcher Omar Narvaez noticed that Peralta’s fastball was not as lively as usual. Peralta will undergo testing in Milwaukee to determine the severity of the injury.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone revealed that Chad Green will undergo Tommy John surgery. Green left Thursday’s game with forearm discomfort. Green is set to reach free agency at the end of the season; he won’t be available until the middle of the 2023 campaign. A tough loss for the Yankees bullpen and its depth - in an abbreviated 2022, Green earned a 3.00 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 16 strikeouts over 15 innings. This news follows just a day after it was revealed Luis Gil will also be going under the knife for Tommy John.

Yandy Diaz was pulled from Saturday’s game with a left shoulder strain, after an awkward headfirst slide into home plate. The third baseman is considered day-to-day for now; the Rays will have an off-day on Monday, so there’s a good chance Diaz can avoid a stint on the injured list.

Max Scherzer was placed on the 15-day injured list on Saturday, retroactive to May 19, with a strained oblique injury. The 37-year-old veteran is expected to miss the next six-to-eight weeks and will be on the shelf until early July. He was off to a fantastic start to the year for the Mets, carrying a 2.54 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 59 strikeouts in 49 2/3 innings pitched over eight starts.

Honor Roll

William Contreras (2-for-3, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI on Saturday), Michael Lorenzen (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K on Saturday), Adam Wainwright (7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 3 K on Friday), David Peralta (2-for-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB on Friday), Yu Darvish (7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K on Thursday), Luis Robert (3-for-4, R, HR, 4 RBI on Thursday), Pete Alonso (2-for-4, HR, 4 RBI, 2 R on Wednesday), Zack Wheeler (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 9 K, 0 BB on Wednesday), Tommy La Stella (3-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI on Tuesday), Dylan Cease (5 2/3 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K on Tuesday), Johnny Cueto (6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 7 K on Monday), Anthony Santander (2-for-4, 2 HR on Monday)

Batting Around

Mariners third baseman Eugenio Suarez may have invented a crossover sport that involves keen footwork with the baseball. After fouling a pitch in Wednesday’s game versus the Blue Jays, Suarez was able to knock the baseball down and cleverly bounce and balance it on his right foot a few times before kicking and delivering the ball with his left foot to finish. Suarez may just be the next two-sport star, or perhaps help implement a hacky sack requirement at the plate. Not that Major League Baseball needs any more new rules, however.

That concludes another installment of the Week that Was - join us next week for more news, updates, and stories from around the world of Major League Baseball.