As we head into the weekend series there is some new news on an injured outfielder and we get the diagnosis on another. A shirt thief pitches well and another returning pitcher deals in Atlanta. Dave Duncan is at it again in St. Louis and a hot start has gone cold. A couple of young sluggers go yard for the first time and the Tribe keep rolling. Of course don't forget about the Fantasy Alarm service where we send player updates directly to your cell phone via text message or right to your email inbox. Visit the home page, watch the video, and get signed up today!
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Delmon Young has requested an MRI on his injured rib. Young sustained the injury during batting practice Monday, but played in that game before missing Tuesday and Wednesday. He hopes to play this weekend, but right now I think that is probably pretty skeptical. It is a little concerning to me for a player to request an MRI especially after missing a few games. There is nothing definite yet, but I think this might stretch for a little more time than what meets the eye.
Following up on a story from yesterday, Logan Morrison is going to miss two to four weeks with that strained and sprained foot. He is supposed to have his cast removed on Monday and hopefully after that he will be able to resume baseball activities. Stash Morrison on your injured list as he is looking like he is going to have a fine season.
From the "How The Hell Did That Happen!" department, Kyle Lohse threw a shutout today against the Washington Nationals as he struck out six. Lohse is now somehow 3-1 with a 2.01 ERA on the season and you have to start wondering if this is going to be another one of pitching coach Dave Duncan's miracle project where he makes an average pitcher a successful fantasy player. As of right now I am not buying into this resurgence of Lohse and I would let him sit on the waiver wire unless you have an injury to your pitching staff.
Apparently the authorites told Mike Leake that if he pitched well on Thursday that he might just get probation for his kleptomaniacal episode earlier in the weekend and he responded. Leake was arrested for stealing about $60 worth of t-shirts from a shopping mall, but was still allowed to pitch for the Reds. He allowed three runs over seven innings and struck out six, and has a 3-0 record although his ERA is near 5.00. I do like Leake, but not as much as some others has he does seem to go through patches where he looks clueless. He is worth having on a roster, so he probably isn't available, but if you have him I might look to sell high on him, accentuating his 3-0 record to your leaguemate.
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Speaking of looking clueless, second year pitcher Daniel Hudson got destroyed by Leake's Reds and fell to 0-4 on the season. He gave up seven runs over 5.1 innings and walked four while striking out just three. Hudson's win-loss record and ERA look much worse than he is actually pitching, and outside of today he had been racking up a good number of strikeouts. This might be a good time to buy low on Hudson as he has to start winning some games, and like I said the strikeouts have still been there.
From the "Underrated Pitcher with the Funny Name" department, Jair Jurrjens was not around for the decision between the Braves and the Dodgers, but the guy threw another great game. Jurrjens allowed just one earned run over six innings and struck out six, and his ERA for the year sits at 0.69. You have to remember that he started the season on the Disabled List so he has only made a couple of starts, but nonetheless he has been impressive so far. If Jurrjens is on your waiver wire he is worth adding to your roster, just don't expect him to continue to strikeout a batter an inning.
Zack Greinke threw three shutout innings in a rehab start on Wednesday and will now be moved up to AAA for his next start on April 29th. If all goes well there he will be set to rejoin the Milwaukee Brewers, and your fantasy teams on May 4th. Start counting down the days now until a potential ace joins your pitching staff.
Gordon Beckham was not in the lineup for the Chicago White Sox today, because he is in the middle of a pretty terrible slump. He is just 3 for his last 33 and his amazing start seems pretty far away. Now listen very closely to me please........are you close? DO NOT give up on Beckham! The guy that started the season is the guy that he is. Obviously he wasn't going to hit .410 and a cold streak had to come sooner or later. He will even it out again and go back to tearing up the ball soon. None of the White Sox are hitting, Beckham will be fine. If you don't have him, maybe check in with his owner to see if he didn't read my warning!
Can we ALL please now be done with James McDonald of the Pirates???? McDonald was a popular sleeper pick coming into the season, but he has been bombed more often than Palestinian war zone and Thursday was no different. McDonald allowed a whopping eight runs over just three innings and struck out three as he fell to 0-2 with an ERA over 10.00. There's just not anything to like with the Pirates starters, and McDonald unfortunately is no different.
Chris Capuano might have two wins, but this was his first decent start for the Mets. Capuano had an impressive seven inning outing where he allowed just one run and struck out four. This is just a mirage folks, so please don't fall for this. Capuano's career has been derailed since he was a young impressive pitcher and he has little chance of being successful. Let someone else react to this and make a mistake.
Two slumping young stars finally got off the skids on Thursday in the same game. Mike Stanton got his first home run of the game, as he looks to turn around his slow start after beginning the season injured and inconsistent. Pedro Alvarez in Pittsburgh REALLY has been slumping and fantasy players have been losing faith in him left and right, but he rewarded those (me included) that have been patient with the young fellow as he was 3-3 with his first homer of the season. Please remember that both of these players are young and are going to slump and strike out a lot, but they are two of the more impressive young talents in the game. They might have to go to your bench for a bit until they heat up, but please don't lose confidence in either player.
Josh Tomlin is absolutely dealing again as the resurgent Indians continue to win games. He ran his record to an unbelievable 4-0 and his ERA is just over 2.00. Today he gave up just one run over 7.1 innings and struck out four. I can't believe that Tomlin is this good and of course a regression is coming. I am still not sure if I think he will be a legitimate pitcher all season long, but of course if you can get a sweet deal for Tomlin you should jump on it immediately.
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