Tonight's article is capped with a double dose of bad news for players on either end of the country and either end of the ball game as a starter in New York and a closer in Los Angeles both have bad news attached to their player profiles. Staying at the back end of the bullpen, there was not bad news, but bad production in the Lone Star State, and then a starter in the midwest gets a raw deal again. We have a report on a high end pitcher returning from injury and one of the hottest hitters in baseball could be north of the border. We look at this and so much more in this version of Rounding The Bases.
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Well, one mystery of the fantasy baseball season might have finally been answered. The Dodgers have sent closer Jonathan Broxton out for an MRI after he finally admitted that he has been dealing with discomfort. The team has announced that they won't put him on the Disabled List until they know the results of this exam, but I don't think I have to tell you that based on the way he has been pitching I think Broxton is about to get some very bad news. That is speculation on my part, but if he admitted pain that must mean it is pretty bad, and he has been pitching poorly so I bet this isn't good. Vicente Padilla will be the closer for now, but don't expect that to last long either.
The bad news is definite for Phil Hughes, who got a cortisone shot, but no one can determine why he has lost his velocity and the team has announced that he will miss an additional six to eight weeks of action. The mystery deepens on Hughes, as it is anyone's best guess to figure out either when he is going to return or what the heck is wrong with him at this point. If you have an open injury spot I would stash him away, but at this point his entire season has to at least come into question.
Brandon Lyon continues to be absolutely atrocious as he blew his fourth save of the season in monumental style as he allowed three earned runs without getting a single batter out. Unfortunately they don't really have a very good second option, but I don't know how much longer that this team can continue to trot this guy out there. If you have Lyon and there is a new closer out there like Sergio Santos, Eduardo Sanchez, etc. I have no problem if you make the move to get rid of Lyon. He is a grizzled veteran and isn't going to improve, you know what you are going to get from him.
Ian Stewart is already back in the majors for the Colorado Rockies, and he made an impact in his first game back. Sent down for an incredible slump, Stewart tore the cover off the ball in the minors in his short stay and it translated at least into an RBI on Wednesday. I recommend adding him if you have any sort of roster spot that is open or a player that is bringing your team down. I have always been a fan of Stewart's potential, he is just a very streaky player.
Poor John Danks. He might not have struck out a batter, but Danks allowed just three runs over eight innings, and deserved better than to receive his fifth loss of the year. He still hasn't been pitching poorly, but he just isn't getting the results. I urge you not to lose faith in Danks, and even more than that I think he is a great buy low candidate. The White Sox are too talented of an offensive team to continue to hit so meekly, and Danks is better than he has shown. Keep the faith!
Alex Rios is one Sox player who is showing signs of life as he had his second multiple hit game in the last three nights. Rios also homered for the second time in that span, and perhaps this is the start of something good for him. I completely don't expect him to repeat last season's numbers, but the guy is better than what he has shown. I wonder where his batting average will finish, but I have a feeling that he will get to 20 homers before 2011 is over.
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I know that we are always looking for some help at catcher, but please don't get fooled by the grand slam tonight by Ryan Doumit. The Pirates would much rather have Jeff Mans' love child Chris Snyder behind the plate, and Doumit hasn't been doing much when he is in there anyway. He just doesn't play enough and the production also is nowhere to be found. If Doumit were to be traded perhaps he might be worth a spot on your radar but right now this is nothing to get excited about.
Adam Lind is really starting to heat up now. I was going to include Lind in an article a few days ago and decided against it, but now it can't be ignored any longer. Lind hit three singles and his sixth home run of the season. He is now batting .316 and has collected 25 RBI. This is seriously starting to look like Lind might have a chance to be closer to his 2009 season than his disappointing campaign last year. Now is the wrong time to trade for Lind if you really like him, and if you own him, I wouldn't trade Lind unless you are getting a really good package in return.
Brandon Morrow continued the strong start to his season and even collected his first win of the year as he beat the Tampa Bay Rays. Morrow is just mowing people down as he struck out seven over 6.1 innings and allowed just one earned run. Health and pitching deep into games are the only question marks surrounding Morrow. He has great stuff and should have a great 2011 year. Like all pitchers he will serve up some duds from time to time, but overall he is a very strong guy to have on your roster.
The myth of Freddy Garcia took a good sized hit on Wednesday as the Yankee starter got a little roughed up by the Detroit Tigers. He still didn't pitch that poorly as he gave up four earned over seven innings, but at least gave his fantasy owners something to hold on to as he struck out eight batters. I have been a Garcia doubter this entire season and so far he has made me look bad, but this is two consecutive starts where he has started to look a little shaky, and I think overall he will be a .500 pitcher with an ERA around 4.25.
Yes, Zack Greinke is back, but based on his first outing, maybe he should have stayed out a little longer. Just kidding, you have to expect some rust on a guy who hasn't pitched in a major league game this year, and it was encouraging to see him out there and battling. Greinke didn't fare well though as he gave up four earned runs over just four innings, but in a silver lining he did strikeout six. There is going to be better times ahead for this young man, and if you waited a while to activate him I am sorry his first game wasn't a success, but believe me he is going to do well for the Beer Makers.
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