- Baltimore had hopes they would
get the help of the top pitching prospect in baseball by the end of the
season. Doubts surfaced when it was
found that Dylan Bundy would seek a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews about
ongoing discomfort in the right-hander’s forearm, according to the Baltimore Sun. An MRI taken earlier this month showed a
clean elbow, but that hasn’t alleviated his discomfort. Most people think of Tommy John surgery
when Dr. Andrews is mentioned, though Bundy and the Orioles hope that isn’t the
case. Bundy, who hasn’t thrown off
the mound since March, would miss the next 12 months if Tommy John surgery is
- The starting pitching of the Red
Sox has been one of the more surprising stories to the beginning of the
season. It has been so good, in
fact, that the rotation went the first 16 games without allowing more than three
runs in any start, according to research by the Boston Herald. That streak ended on Tuesday when
Alfredo Aceves served up eight runs (seven earned) through 3.1 innings against
the Athletics in a 13-0 loss.
- Red Sox had a pair of players
take the American League Player of the Week honors. Mike Napoli and Andrew Bailey shared the
award, as Napoli hit .345 with a home run, five
doubles, and a triple. Bailey saved
three games, recorded a win, and struck out eight in five innings. According to mlb.com, it was the third
time a pair of Boston players shared the
- Talk about ace C.C. Sabathia’s drop
in velocity will continue from the New York media after every poor
start by the lefty. With a 3.35
earned-run average through six starts and a strikeout-to-innings pitched ratio
of 36-to-43, it has hardly had an effect on his overall numbers. That did not stop the New York Post’s Ken Davidoff from
bringing up his drop in velocity once again after the Yankees starter’s poor
outing against the Tampa Bay Rays this past week. Read about it here.
- The injury bug keeps striking the
Yankees, making the fans
wonder when it will ever end. Now
up is catcher Francisco Cervelli, who will miss the next six weeks with a
fractured right hand. Cervelli
suffered the break on a foul tip that hit him on the hand. Austin Romine got the call from Triple-A
to take Cervelli’s place.
- Starter Josh Johnson is no stranger
to the disabled list, though the Blue Jays figure the starter won’t miss
more than one turn after experiencing tightness in his triceps. The Toronto Sun reported that an MRI came
back clean on the right-hander.
- Jose Valverde joined the Tigers
bullpen this week, as Detroit called the former closer up from
Triple-A Toledo. ‘Former’ will no
longer proceed ‘closer’ when referring to Valverde. The Tigers inserted Valverde into that
spot and also look for him to reach back into his pre-2012 success for Detroit. The right-hander closed out his first
two save opportunities without surrendering a run.
- Detroit fans who attended Friday
night’s match-up against the Atlanta Braves witnessed history. Starter Anibal Sanchez became the first
Tigers pitcher ever to strike out 17 batters in game. Sanchez topped Mickey Lolich’s former
team record of 16 when he struck out the side in the
- Saturday’s 10-4 loss against the
Rays wasn’t the only defeat the White Sox suffered that day. Starter Gavin Floyd landed on the
disabled list after leaving in the third inning with an elbow injury. Initially diagnosed as a muscle strain,
that’s all it is.
- Grady Sizemore. Remember that name? The Indians outfielder is
currently rehabbing in Scottsdale, Arizona in hopes to make a comeback sometime
after the All-Star Break. Once one
of the most exciting players in the game, Sizemore has played in only 104 games
- Mariners fans have come to
known that defense is all they should expect out of Brendan Ryan, known as one
of the best fielding shortstops in baseball. The Seattle Times reported on Wednesday that
manager Eric Wedge let Ryan know that he was out and Robert Andino was in as the
starting shortstop. Ryan hit .194
in 407 at-bats for Seattle last year and is off to an even worse
start this season at .148.
- Adrian Beltre of the Rangers
belted his 350th career home run this past week, but don’t expect
that to get to the third baseman’s head.
The Star-Telegram quoted the
third baseman saying his main focus is on a ring. Read all about it here.
- Outfielder Jason Heyward had an
emergency appendectomy in Denver on Monday. Heyward is fine, but the Braves
left fielder was placed on the 15-day disabled list and should be ready to
return soon after.
- As one outfielder went down for
another became the first player in the majors this year to reach double digits
in home runs. Justin Upton popped
his 10th home run in the first game of a doubleheader against the
Colorado Rockies and then drilled his 11th in the
- For a feel good story, check out
Kevin Kernan’s (New York Post)
piece about 31-year old reliever Scott Rice’s
14-year journey in the minors to join the Mets. The left-hander has a 2.03 earned-run
average through 14 appearances for New
- Runs have been hard to come by for
the Marlins. Home runs have
been even scarcer. Giancarlo Stanton did his best to mask that from Miami fans’ minds even for a minute as
his monster blast off Cubs’ lefty Travis Wood traveled an estimated 472
feet. According to the Palm Beach Post, Stanton’s bomb was the longest ball ever hit out at
two-year old Marlins Park, surpassing his previous record of
462 feet set last year.
- Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was promoted on April 27th of last year. On Saturday, Harper smacked his ninth
home run on the one-year anniversary of his promotion. Credit the Washington Post with that tidbit. Harper is on pace to set the National
League on fire.
- Cubs starter Matt Garza’s
first minor league rehab outing was postponed due to what was classified as a
dead arm. The Cubs are not overly
concerned about what is assumed to be a minor setback, according to the Chicago Tribune. Garza will take a couple of days off and
throw another bullpen session before Chicago determines his first rehab
- If squeamish, do not go looking for
photos of Kyle Lohse’s recent start for the Milwaukee Brewers against San Diego. As Lohse picked up his first win of the
season, the right-hander dislocated his left pinkie finger after colliding with
second baseman Jedd Gyorko’s elbow.
Lohse made his next start on Sunday without skipping a beat, as he
surrendered only two runs over seven solid innings but took a loss to the
- Carlos Gomez of the Brewers
took National League Player of the Week honors, as the center fielder led
the league in batting average and slugging percentage. MLB.com reported that this was the third
honor in Gomez’s career, as the outfielder went 9-for-18 with an on-base
percentage of .526.
- As Matt Carpenter and Carlos Beltran
were celebrating their back-to-back home runs to lead off the game against the
Pirates Jonathan Sanchez, the left-handed starter hit first baseman Allen Craig with a pitch that sailed up and inside. Sanchez was quickly ejected and served
with a six-game suspension soon after.
Sanchez is appealing the suspension, as there is plenty of speculation
that the pitch was unintentional.
- Cardinals fans are well aware
of the troubles surrounding the bullpen.
Mentioning the bullpen to a fan may give you a nasty glare. Prior to Sunday’s game (in which the
bullpen surrendered six runs over 3.1 innings), St. Louis’ bullpen has posted a major-league
worst earned-run average of 5.52 with five losses. The Cardinals’ bullpen is the only one
in major league baseball without a win.
In contrast, the starting staff of the Cardinals boasts a major-league
best earned-run average of 2.08.
Though less than a month has passed in the season, one has to wonder how
long general manager John Mozeliak will wait to make a
- There’s a common saying in baseball
- one can never have enough starting pitching. The Dodgers are learning that the
hard way as they lost another starting pitcher to injury. Chad Billingsley will miss the rest of
the 2013 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. What once was a position of depth is now
mired in injuries. Los Angeles
called upon starter Stephen Fife from Triple-A, who they hoped to start a couple
games before Chris Capuano is set to come off the disabled list. Instead, Fife was placed on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder
bursitis, as the Dodgers called upon Matt Magill from Triple-A. Instead, Matt Magill….just kidding. Dodgers fans can only laugh at this
- Rockies fans collectively held their breath
after watching shortstop Troy Tulowitzki leave Sunday’s game in the third inning
after an awkward slide into home plate.
According to the Denver Post, the Rockies are currently classifying the injury as a shoulder
strain, which puts Tulowitzki on a day-to-day
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