MLB In Full Bloom – Peralta Looks Promising – 4/17/2014

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Wily Peralta held the division-rival Cardinals to one earned run over 6 1/3 innings to help Milwaukee avoid a three-game sweep and remain atop the National League Central standings with a surprising 11-4 record. Peralta used both his off-speed pitches (splitter & slider) to induce 11 ground outs from the dangerous Cardinals lineup and he wound up fanning three batters in the Brewers’ 5-1 win. Peralta is now 2-0 with a 1.96 ERA through three starts this season and he has an attractive fantasy match-up next week against the Padres. His past control issues could derail the progress, but Peralta should be owned in all standard fantasy leagues for the time being.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Masahiro Tanaka made his best start in the first half of Wednesday’s day-night doubleheader with the Cubs. Tanaka gave up just two hits and one walk over eight scoreless innings while striking out 10 batters in New York’s 3-0 win. Tanaka is now 2-0 with a 2.05 ERA over his first 22 big-league frames and will face the Red Sox in his next outing, which will obviously be significantly more difficult than what he faced Wednesday against the Cubs.
  • Julio Teheran dominated the Phillies’ lineup on Wednesday’s night, shutting them out in a complete game effort to earn the win. Teheran allowed three hits (all singles), walked none, and struck out four. The Phillies made very weak contact against him all night long. Teheran has allowed two or fewer earned runs in each of his first four starts of the season, picking up where he left off in 2013. He’ll face the Marlins next.
  • Cliff Lee was dominant in Wednesday’s start against the Braves, but earned a loss despite allowing one run in a complete game on Wednesday. Lee’s only mistake was an Evan Gattis solo home run in the fourth inning. Lee struck out 13, allowed 11 hits, and walked one and finished the game having thrown a career-high 128 pitches. He’ll face the Dodgers in his next start.
  • Jose Fernandez bounced back from a rough outing by striking out 10 Nationals and posted a quality start on Wednesday, but he went without a decision after allowing three runs on four hits over seven innings. He left the game with the score tied 3-3 only to watch the bullpen let the game slip away. Fernandez cruised through the first five frames before Jayson Werth touched him up for a game-tying three-run shot. He’ll face the Braves on the road in his next start.
  • Hanley Ramirez was not in the Dodgers lineup today against the Giants. This comes as no surprise after Ramirez was after being struck on the hand by a pitch in Wednesday’s game. X-rays taken on his hand came back negative, but the extent of the setback remains uncertain, so he could miss additional time moving forward. Justin Turner got the start at shortstop in Ramirez’s place. Fantasy owners need to continue to monitor Ramirez’s status and be ready to get him out of your lineup this weekend. Stay tuned….
  • Chase Headley is day-to-day with a mild right biceps strain. He was scratched from the Padres’ lineup Wednesday, and now we know why. Yonder Alonso was seen taking grounders at third base before the game, but Alexi Amarista started at third base on Wednesday.
  • Clayton Kershaw (back) threw a successful 35-pitch bullpen session on Thursday afternoon. He should begin facing live hitters by early next week and is on track to rejoin the Dodgers around mid-May.
  • Joe Kelly (hamstring) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain. Kelly suffered the injury Wednesday afternoon at Miller Park while trying to leg out a ground ball to first base in the top of the fifth inning. He was sent back to St. Louis for an MRI and we should know the results of that test soon.
  • Jose Reyes (hamstring) is expected to rejoin the Blue Jays on Saturday in Cleveland. The weather does not look good for Friday’s series-opener with the Indians, and the Jays don’t want to risk Reyes returning to a cold and muddy infield.
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MLB In Full Bloom – Astros Recall George Springer – 4/16/2014

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There was speculation that the Houston Astros would recall George Springer from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday night and they made it official this morning when they purchased Springer’s contract. The Astros top prospect has hit .353 with three homers, nine RBI and four stolen bases in his first 13 contests for Oklahoma City this season after batting .303 with 37 home runs and 45 steals last year. In what turned out to be his final game for the Triple-A RedHawks, Springer homered for a second straight game and went 3-for-4 with a grand slam and scored four runs. He’ll play every day most likely in right field and needs to be owned in all fantasy formats.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Nick Franklin was recalled by the Seattle Mariners and activated today and could be in the lineup tonight in Texas. Franklin could see some playing time in the outfield as Logan Morrison (hamstring) could be headed to the disabled list. Franklin earned the promotion after a .395 batting average to start with four homers and 13 RBI over his first 11 Triple-A contests this season. Franklin should be owned in all fantasy formats.
  • Brandon Belt collected three hits, including a double and an RBI in Tuesday’s win over the Dodgers. Belt has really cooled off over the past week after going on a power surge to start the season. He has started to look a little bit more like the patient, doubles-power Belt we were familiar with over his past five games.
  • Kole Calhoun (ankle) is heading for the 15-day disabled list. Calhoun joins Josh Hamilton on the disabled list after painfully rolling his ankle running through first base in the 11st inning. Calhoun went 3-for-6 with a two-run homer and a key ninth-inning double as the Angels suffered back-to-back losses to their division rivals. He went 7-for-15 in his last three games. Matt Long and Brennan Boesch are two candidates to get called up.
  • Aroldis Chapman (head) could throw live batting practice before the end of the Reds upcoming road trip which ends on April 27th according to Reds manager Bryan Price. Chapman threw his first bullpen session since surgery on Monday and came out of it feeling great.  While Chapman’s rehab is going well, he still isn’t expected back until mid-to-late May.
  • Bronson Arroyo was lit up by the Mets for nine runs on 10 hits over 3 1/3 innings of a 9-0 loss on Tuesday. Arroyo now owns a 9.95 ERA, while the Diamondbacks staff as a whole has posted a 7.71 ERA. The Diamondbacks are off to a 4-13 record, and 1-10 at the launching pad known as Chase Field. GM Kevin Towers must be feeling buyer’s remorse three starts into Arroyo’s career in Arizona and it will be interesting to see how Towers fixes the starting rotation. Arroyo faces the Cubs in his next scheduled start, but don’t go anywhere near him.
  • Mike Napoli (finger) has been diagnosed with a dislocated left ring finger after a head-first slide, but X-rays were negative. Luckily it’s not broken, which would have put him on the disabled list. He’ll likely be out a few days before returning to the Red Sox lineup.
  • Taijuan Walker (shoulder) was scratched from his minor league rehab start Tuesday with shoulder stiffness. The Mariners top prospect moved up to Triple-A Tacoma for Tuesday’s start, which lead to speculation that he could return to the Mariners as soon as Sunday. Since Walker was unable to get loose due to the tight shoulder he will be re-evaluated Wednesday, and that exam should shed light on the severity of this setback.
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MLB In Full Bloom – Jackie Robinson Day – 4/15/2014

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The 67th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers will be celebrated as usual throughout baseball today with ceremonies proceeding each game today. The main event will be in the Bronx prior to an Inter league game tonight between the Cubs and the Yankees. Robinson’s wife, Rachel, daughter Sharon, Commissioner Bud Selig and members of the Steinbrenner family are scheduled to be in attendance. Robinson played in his first major league game for the Dodgers on April 15th, 1947 and went 0-for-3. Despite not getting a hit, Robinson did score the deciding run in a 5-3 victory over the Boston Braves in Brooklyn. He was the first black player to appear in the majors since 1884.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Ernesto Frieri blew his first save of the season by coughing up John Jaso’s two-run ninth-inning homer in Monday’s 3-2 loss to the A’s. Angels fans are calling for Frieri’s head already, but they should keep in mind that he was 37-for-41 in save opportunities last year. If Angels manager Mike Scioscia could turn to Joe Smith, but the safer bet is Frieri continues as the closer.
  • Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBI in Monday’s 3-2 loss to the A’s. Pujols is officially heating up and he’s now hit a homer in four of his last six games. In those games, he’s racked up eight RBI and did I mention he’s riding a 10-game hitting streak?
  • Huston Street collected his fourth save of the season by throwing a perfect ninth inning in San Diego’s 5-4 victory over Colorado on Monday. We’re only two weeks into the first month of a long baseball season, but Street has been one of the game’s best fantasy closers. He’s now 4-for-4 in save opportunities and hasn’t allowed a run in five appearances.
  • Matt Moore (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery next week and will miss the remainder of the 2014 season. Moore was hoping to avoid the surgery, but it’s seemed inevitable for the last few days. He apparently made a final decision Monday night after feeling discomfort in his elbow while throwing earlier in the day. Moore can be ruled out for 2014, and it will be a challenge for him to be ready by Opening Day 2015. Moore’s surgery will be performed by Dr. James Andrews on April 22.
  • Bryce Harper (quad) left Monday’s game against the Marlins with quad tightness, but he expects to play tonight. It’s not being viewed as a serious injury, as the Nationals were likely just playing it safe since they had a big lead.
  • Craig Kimbrel is dealing with a sore shoulder and was not available Monday night to close out the Braves’ 9-6 victory over the Phillies. Kimbrel said that the sore shoulder is no big deal and he’ll be ready to go in a few days. It’s never a good thing to hear a sore shoulder or believe what a player is telling us. David Carpenter picked up the save Monday night and should be added immediately in case there is more to Kimbrel’s sore shoulder.
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds combined to hit ten home runs and all the fireworks came in the first six innings. The game was suspended prior to the beginning of the 7th inning due to rain and the game was picked up today at 2:30pm local time. The Pirates hit six home runs, on three sets of back-to-backers, and the Reds hit four homers. Todd Frazier, Ryan Ludwick and Joey Votto hit two-run shots and Devin Mesoraco hit a solo shot for the Reds.
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MLB In Full Bloom – Long Gon Homers Again – 4/14/2014

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Adrian Gonzalez did it again on Sunday, going 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in the Dodgers’ 8-6 win over the Diamondbacks. Gonzalez hit a three-run home run off Trevor Cahill in the third inning, and he also had a double. Gonzalez has a nine-game hitting streak and has homered in four straight. After a slow start, Gonzalez leads the National League in runs scored, he’s second in home runs and third in RBI through two weeks of play. He now has 59 RBI in 59 games played at Chase Field in Phoenix. Gonzalez is a lineup that will provide him RBI opportunities all season long.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Mark Buehrle turned in seven strong innings on Sunday as he gave up just one run on five hits while striking out two Orioles. Buehrle is now 3-0 three starts into the campaign, Buehrle has been simply dominant over the first couple of weeks of 2014. He has a 0.86 ERA through 21 innings of work to this point. He seems to have a lot left in the tank, but fantasy owners have to wonder how long he will keep it up. Enjoy the ride while it lasts.
  • Devin Mesoraco blasted a three-run homer and drove in four runs in Sunday’s win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Mesoraco has two homers in his first four games this season and is the proud owner of a .500 BA (7-for-14) since coming off the disabled list.
  • Aaron Harang turned in another strong start as he allowed just one run on five hits with five strikeouts over six innings of work against the Nationals. Harang improved his record to 2-1 after his first three starts of the campaign. Harang signed with the Braves about a week before the regular season began and has performed brilliantly here so far this season. He has a 0.96 ERA while holding the opposition to a .145 average over 18.2 innings.
  • Alex Cobb (oblique) was placed on the 15-day disabled list and could be out 4-to-6 weeks with a strained oblique injury. The typical timetable for an injury like Cobb’s is 6-to-8 weeks, so this is good news for the Rays. The injury comes at a tough time for Cobb, who was starting to get on a roll on the mound. He is currently working on a scoreless streak of 15.1 innings.
  • Adrian Beltre (quad) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quad injury. The move is retroactive to April 9, making Beltre eligible to return April 24 if the injury subsides over the next two weeks. It is a Grade 1 strain, which is the least severe so Beltre should be able to return when he is eligible.
  • Kenley Jansen worked a scoreless ninth inning, allowing no hits and recording two strikeouts to pick up the save versus the Diamondbacks Sunday afternoon. He allowed runs in two consecutive outings earlier in the week, and fantasy owners were already expressing concern about the right-hander. Looks like Jansen is back on track.
  • Joe Blanton has retired from professional baseball. Blanton, 33 years old, was released by the Angels at the end of spring training and had been pitching for the A’s Triple-A affiliate. He finishes with a career 85-89 record and a 4.51 ERA.
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MLB In Full Bloom – Strasburg Spectacular In Nats Victory – 4/11/2014

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Stephen Strasburg was spectacular in Thursday afternoon’s victory over the Marlins, but his success didn’t come as a result of an overpowering fastball. Strasburg held the Marlins to just three hits and one run over 6 2/3 innings, striking out 12 in the victory. We know Strasburg possesses a high-velocity fastball, but his domination Thursday was a result resulted of his devastating changeup. Strasburg’s name has lost some of its luster in recent years as he’s dealt with injuries and the burden of high expectations, but Thursday was a good reminder of how high his ceiling really is for a 25-year old that has not yet reached his prime. He’s still got the ability to be the best pitcher in baseball on a given day and, if he can put it all together, in a given year.

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MLB In Full Bloom – Will Jim Johnson Continue to Close? – 4/10/2014

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Jim Johnson ran into more trouble Wednesday at Minnesota’s Target Field as he gave up two runs on two hits and two walks to blow a 4-2 ninth-inning lead for the Athletics. Oakland rallied in extra innings to pull out a 7-4 victory over the host Twins. After the latest poor outing by Johnson, A’s manager Bob Melvin has removed him from the closer role. Johnson was acquired this winter from the Orioles for second base prospect Jemile Weeks and has been downright horrendous. Johnson has given up nine hits, six walks, and seven earned runs in 3 1/3 innings with the A’s. Ryan Cook was activated from the disabled list and should be owned in AL-Only leagues and deep mixed fantasy leagues. Cook owns a respectable 2.53 ERA and 156 strikeouts in 149 1/3 career major league innings. Luke Gregerson could also get some save opportunities as well.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Josh Hamilton (thumb) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday and will have surgery on his left thumb. Hamilton is expected to need 6-to-8 weeks to recover. J.B. Shuck was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake to take Hamilton’s spot on the active roster. Shuck batted .293 last year and put together a solid spring training, yet the Angels still demoted the outfielder to the minors. Over the next few months while Hamilton is out the disabled list, Shuck should get platoon with Collin Cowgill in left field.
  • Jayson Werth went 1-for-5 on Wednesday night against the Miami Marlins. However, Werth’s one hit was perfectly timed as his go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning pushed the Nationals to victory over the Marlins. The Nationals were trailing 7-6, but Carlos Marmol wasn’t effective and Werth took Marmol deep with the home run. Werth finished with five RBI on the night, having also driven in a run on a ground out earlier in the game. He is now hitting .345 this season.
  • Taijuan Walker (shoulder) struck out 10 hitters over five scoreless innings in a rehab start with Double-A Jackson on Wednesday. Walker needed 84 pitches to get through five innings as he gave up just three hits and a walk. Since James Paxton is hitting the shelf due to a strained left lat, this may have been Walker’s last rehab start before rejoining the Mariners.
  • Ervin Santana was brilliant in his Braves debut on Wednesday night as he shut out the New York Mets over eight innings and earned the victory. Santana allowed only three hits, struck out six, and walked none. If he can continue pitching like he did in 2013, when he finished with a 3.24 ERA, the Braves may be able to overcome their health problems.
  • Josh Collmenter was credited with a save against the Giants Wednesday night. The save was of the rare four inning variety. Collmenter came in in the sixth inning and pitched four scoreless innings while striking out four batters as the Diamondbacks intend to put him into the starting rotation in the near future. Trevor Cahill or Randall Delgado are both candidates to lose their spot in the rotation and move to the bullpen. Both Cahill and Delgado are scheduled to make their next start before a decision is made by manager Kirk Gibson.
  • Joe Nathan allowed three earned runs to the Dodgers Wednesday in route to his second blown save and second win of the season. Nathan is off to a horrible start to this year. Along with the two blown saves, he also has a 12.27 ERA. Nathan told the media after the game that  he had “dead arm” before Wednesday’s game. Nathan’s job is safe despite the struggles so far this year.
  • Rex Brothers picked up the win on Wednesday in relief over the White Sox. Brothers closed out the top of the eighth with two quick outs, the Rockies responded with six runs in the bottom of the inning to give the reliever an easy victory. Although the win was fluky, it at least helped out fantasy owners holding on to Brothers in anticipation of him landing the closing gig from LaTroy Hawkins falters, which will most certainly happen this season.
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MLB In Full Bloom – Braun’s Big Day – 4/9/2014

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Ryan Braun had a day that fantasy owners dream of on Tuesday afternoon in Philadelphia as the Brewers ruined the Phillies home opener with a 10-4 victory at Citizens Bank Park. All Braun did was blast three home runs and knocked in seven RBI to back the Brewers in their victory. Braun’s first home run came in the third inning and it was a three-run home run off of Kyle Kendrick. In the fourth inning, Braun hit a solo home run off of Kendrick. The third blast came in the eighth inning and it was a three-run home run off of Brad Lincoln. The blasts were the first three of his season, and the seven RBI in one game matched a club record set by Jonathan Lucroy. It appears that Braun’s thumb is feeling just fine and for those fantasy owners that grabbed Braun in the first round of their draft are feeling much better about things after his slow start.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Josh Hamilton (thumb) had a x-ray on his  left thumb and it came back clean, however he’ll undergo an MRI today. Hamilton was removed from Tuesday’s game against the Mariners after he injured the thumb on a head-first slide into first base. Hamilton initially stayed in the game, but noticed soreness while on defense and had to be pinch-hit for in a big situation in the ninth. You never want to see a player dive into first base.
  • Corey Hart belted two home runs in Tuesday’s 5-3 victory over the Angels. Hart’s first homer on Tuesday night was a two-out blast in the third inning off Hector Santiago. Hart’s solo seventh inning home run came against Fernando Salas and it was a line drive right bomb that Mike Trout just watched sail over the wall. Hart has been all or nothing at the plate as he has hit three homers and two singles in 22 at-bats for a .227 average and .636 slugging percentage.
  • James Paxton (lat) has been diagnosed with a left lat strain. Paxton suffered the injury while throwing a pitch in the sixth inning of Tuesday’s start against the Angels. He’ll be re-evaluated Wednesday, but a trip to the disabled list is certainly a possibility. A strained lat is an ailment that has sidelined pitchers for months in the past, but we’ll just have to wait and see how serious Paxton’s injury is later today.
  • Yasiel Puig thumb has been fitted for a split that will help him grip a bat. He was available only in an emergency situation for last night’s game against the Tigers. Puig is telling the medical staff that it is still sore following the game. It’s unlikely that he’ll start today.
  • Adrian Beltre (squad) left Tuesday’s game with a tight quad and will not play Wednesday. It is possible that he could miss even more time with a stint on the disabled list. Beltre was sent back to Texas for further tests on his quad.
  • Jose Abreu hit the first two home runs of his major league career Tuesday night in the White Sox win over the Rockies. Abreu drove in five runs and continues to hit the ball all over the yard to start the year. Abreu belted a three-run shot in the seventh inning and followed it up with a homer in his next at-bat. His power is as advertised, and Tuesday’s display should just be the beginning for him.
  • Dan Haren posted his second quality start in two opportunities as a Dodger on Tuesday against the Tigers. He allowed just one run on three hits over six innings of a no-decision. He struck out four and walked one. Besides a second inning Austin Jackson solo homer, the Tigers didn’t have any answers for Haren on Tuesday night. Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti and the Dodgers brass have to be feeling pretty good about their investment on Haren.
  • Matt Moore (elbow) was placed on the 15-day disabled list as his left elbow injury involves a UCL tear. This injury usually requires Tommy John surgery and Moore could need Tommy John Surgery. If the tear is small enough, Moore could rehab the injury and pitch through it, but he did schedule a visit with Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday after the team’s MRI was inconclusive.
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MLB In Full Bloom – Omar Infante Suffers Broken Jaw – 4/8/2014

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Omar Infante of the Kansas City Royals was hit in the face by a pitch from Tampa Bay Rays reliever Heath Bell. Infante immediately left the game against the Rays in the seventh inning, walking off under his own power with Royals trainers. Infante, hit in the left cheek, was spitting blood and had blood on his forehead as trainers held a towel to his face. Bell said he was trying to throw a sinker and the ball just got away from him. It was an extremely scary moment and it raises the question again for MLB to look at improving the safety of the game. It is not yet known how much time Infante will miss, but fantasy owners should not expect to see Infante for at least the next week.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • David Robertson (groin) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a Grade 1 groin strain by the New York Yankees. Shawn Kelley got the save in his absence in the home opener and would appear to be the logical pick-up in fantasy leagues. Kelley should be picked up in all formats.
  • J.J. Hardy (back) was out of the Orioles’ lineup again Tuesday against the Yankees. Hardy is currently dealing with back stiffness and this is the third straight game he has missed. Ryan Flaherty will fill in at shortstop until Hardy can get back into the lineup.
  • Matt Moore (elbow) was removed from Monday’s start against the Royals with left elbow soreness. Moore will undergo an MRI today, but the Rays seem optimistic that it is nothing serious. Even if the MRI comes back clean, you have to assume the club will play it safe and put Moore on the disabled list.
  • Mark Trumbo homered for the fourth consecutive game on Sunday, powering the Diamondbacks to a 5-3 victory over the Rockies in Colorado. Each home run in the past four games have been tape measure blasts. His home run on Sunday was his 100th career home run and he is now hitting .314 with five homers and 13 RBI through his first nine games.
  • A.J. Griffin is set to begin strengthening exercises soon and should begin throwing in 1-2 weeks. Griffin needs to build up his arm strength before starting a throwing program, as elbow tendinitis has limited the work he’s been able to get in to this point. He’s expected to be our for the first two months of the season, as he’ll have to make several rehab starts before being ready to rejoin the A’s rotation. Jesse Chavez will continue to fill in for Griffin in A’s rotation.
  • A.J. Ellis (knee) will undergo arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee. The shocking news to everyone as Ellis has no history of knee issues. The Dodgers expect the Ellis to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks following surgery. Drew Butera is the Dodgers’ current backup, and the club has Miguel Olivo and Tim Federowicz at Triple-A.
  • Cody Ross (hip) is 7-10 days away from being activated from the disabled list according to D’Backs general manager Kevin Towers. Ross is 2-for-5 so far on his rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno, but he’s been pulled from both games after five innings as he’s eased back into things. He should start regularly against left-handers once activated. He has to play nine innings and in back-to-back games before he will be activated.
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MLB In Full Bloom How Long Will Puig Be Out? – 4/7/2014

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Yasiel Puig did not play Sunday night for the Los Angeles Dodgers due to a sprained left thumb. Puig injured his thumb on Saturday while diving to third base. Fortunately, it doesn’t look like Puig is dealing with any sort of fracture, but his MRI did reveal a strained left thumb could be sore enough to prevent him from playing for a few days. Puig’s occasionally reckless playing style may expose him to more bumps and bruises than most outfielders, but his all-world talent is probably enough for fantasy owners to excuse a few missed games here and there. Fantasy owners should consider him day-to-day and he should avoid the disabled list.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Mark Trumbo homered for the fourth consecutive game on Sunday, powering the Diamondbacks to a 5-3 victory over the Rockies in Colorado.  Each home run in the past four days have been tape measure blasts. It was his 100th career home run he’s now hitting .314 with five homers and 13 RBI through his first nine games.
  • Matt Kemp homered twice off Main Cain on Sunday night as the Dodgers finally got a victory over the Giants 6-2. Kemp seems to have his stroke back and looks healthy. He still has huge upside and could deliver tremendous returns on his draft day cost provided that he can find a way to remain on the field.
  • Scott Feldman allowed one run on three hits over seven innings in Sunday’s win over the Angels. Feldman threw the ball extremely well in his first start of the season, and he was only slightly less spectacular in keeping the Angels at bay. Feldman gave up just three hits and two walks while striking out only one batter, inducing 12 ground ball outs. He’ll have another tough test next week when he faces the Rangers.
  • Chris Sale allowed four hits over eight scoreless innings in the White Sox’ 5-1 win over the Royals on Sunday. Sale was facing James Shields in this one and Sale had to be terrific to earn his second win of the season. Sale walked just one while striking out six over his eight innings of work. Sale has a 1.76 ERA through 15 1/3 innings and will look to keep it going against the Indians in his next start.
  • Wade Miley picked up his second win of the young season. Miley allowed two runs on seven hits over eight innings against the Rockies on Sunday. Miley needed just 93 pitches to get through eight innings as he walked two Rockies and struck out two.
  • Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) had MRI on Sunday and it revealed no structural damage to his right shoulder. Zimmerman is dealing with shoulder inflammation and will be re-evaluated on Tuesday. A trip to the disabled list is  like a possibility given the way the discomfort affects his throwing. Fantasy owners should take measures to ensure they have a contingency plan.
  • A.J. Griffin is set to begin strengthening exercises soon and should begin throwing in 1-2 weeks. Griffin needs to build up his arm strength before starting a throwing program, as elbow tendinitis has limited the work he’s been able to get in this spring. He’s expected to be out for the first two months of the season, as he’ll have to make several rehab starts before being ready to rejoin the A’s rotation. Jesse Chavez will continue to man his spot in the rotation.
  • Bobby Parnell will undergo Tommy John surgery tomorrow. This is a big blow to the Mets bullpen as they will now rely on Jose Valverde to close out games. The Mets will certainly look outside the organization for another closer, but for now Valverde should be owned in NL-Only leagues and deep mixed leagues.
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MLB In Full Bloom – Does Risk Goes A Long Way in Fantasy Baseball? – 4/4/2014

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The first week of the Major League Baseball season has already seen several injuries to key players and fantasy owners are already having to make decisions. Whenever there is a decision to be made, the safe option is usually the right one. In fantasy baseball, smart picks will usually provide the best results. Accumulate the most value and conventional wisdom says your team is better than the rest in your league. But, that line of thinking assumes everything goes mostly according to plan. However, the most likely outcome is not always what happens. Players come out of nowhere to have the best season of the career and on the flip side, players that we all expect to have productive seasons end of falling flat. For example, last year many of the experts projected Albert Pujols to have a big year in Anaheim. Instead, Pujols had the worst season of his 13-year career as he played in fewer than 140 games. On the other hand, Chris Davis was always known as a talented first baseman, but in 2013 he led the majors in home runs with 53. Fantasy owners need to know that researching players is pivotal to winning a league, but there is a lot of luck as well. Take some risks especially early in the season and you may just be the last one standing in October.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Jason Kipnis and the Cleveland Indians agreed to a six-year, $52.5 million contract extension on Thursday. The two sides had set Opening Day as a deadline for extension talks, but they were close enough to the finish line at the end of spring training that talks spilled over into the regular season. The deal also includes an option for a seventh year, while it locks up another one of the Indians’ core pieces. Kipnis’ contract is nearly identical to the extension signed by Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter this winter.
  • Coco Crisp hit a walkoff home run on Thursday night to lead the A’s to a 3-2 win over the Mariners. He finished 1-for-3 with three walks, two runs scored and his second steal of the season. Crisp had a career year in 2013, hitting 22 homers and stealing 21 bags. Another 20/20 season appears to be attainable for him.
  • Jonathan Broxton (forearm) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Pensacola Friday.The Reds haven’t set an exact day for Broxton’s activation from the disabled list, but they seem to be targeting next Monday. He’s expected to serve as the club’s closer until Aroldis Chapman returns from the disabled list next month.
  • Aroldis Chapman (head) visited a doctor Wednesday and says he feels great. Chapman has yet to start exercising, but his optimism is a promising sign for Reds fans. His surgery last Thursday went well, though, and he should expect to resume throwing within roughly a week.
  • Todd Frazier belted a solo homer and a three-run blast in Thursday’s loss to the Cardinals. Frazier is trying to bounce back this season after a 2013 campaign that saw him bat just .234. With the power potential Frazier provides, he needs to be owned in NL-Only formats and deep mixed leagues. One has to expect the batting average to improve this year as well.
  • Chris Archer threw six strong innings to earn the win against the Blue Jays on Thursday. Archer allowed just two runs and four hits with seven strikeouts. Archer gave up two runs in the fourth inning, but was otherwise effective and efficient. He’s one of the best young pitchers in baseball, and should post strong numbers this season.
  • Brandon Belt hit a solo homer in Thursday’s 8-5 win against the Diamondbacks. Belt has already hit three home runs this year after hitting just 17 last year. His power has progressed each year in the majors though, so a breakout in 2014 is more than possible.
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