Jaycob Brugman made his 2017 Arizona Fall League debut on Tuesday, walking three times in five plate appearances. The Mesa Solar Sox scored seven runs over the final two innings to take an 8-5 win over the Surprise Saguaros. Mesa is now 11-8 and they hold a 0.5 game lead in the AFL East division.
Brugman joined the Solar Sox this week, replacing Tyler Ramirez, whose AFL season came to an end with a lower back strain.
Sean Murphy also appeared in the Tuesday win. He had a single, a walk, a run scored and an RBI as the DH. Murphy is batting .289 with a .396 OBP in 12 games for Mesa.
Sheldon Neuse didn’t play on Tuesday, but he was named to the AFL’s Fall Stars game earlier this week. Neuse is batting .300/.364/.580 with three homers and 16 RBI in 13 games played. The Fall Stars game will take place on Saturday at Salt River Fields.
Munoz nursing a hand injury
Yairo Munoz hasn’t played for the Toros del Este since Oct. 17 because of a minor hand strain. According to A’s Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman, Munoz should be able to return to the Toros line-up soon, perhaps later this week. A’s minor league medical coordinator Nate Brooks was in the Dominican and was able to examine Munoz’s injury first-hand.
Munoz was 2-for-12 over three games before being sidelined. He hit .300/.330/.464 in 112 games for Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville this season.
Other news and notes:
— With the end of the World Series, the A’s will now need to do some trimming of their 40-man roster. The A’s have four players on the 60-day disabled list who will need to be added to the A’s active 40-man roster, which currently stands at 39.
— Jorge Mateo went 0-for-5 for the Toros on Tuesday, dropping his average to .216 in 12 games.
— Melvin Mercedes went 0-for-3 on Tuesday night but drew his sixth walk in 10 games played for the Gigantes del Cibao. He is batting .343 for the Gigantes this season. Beau Taylor also went 0-for-3 with a walk. He is batting .176 in 11 games this winter.
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