Cardinals closer Jason Motte underwent successful elbow surgery Tuesday, performed by the team physician in St. Louis.
Now that Jason Motte has gone under the knife, if you haven't already, go ahead and drop him from your roster. The best case scenario si that Motte will be back by Spring Training next season, but that is being extremely optimistic. Fantasy players should keep him in mind for the 2014 drafts, as he may come at an extremely cheap price in both snake drafts and auction leagues. For all the latest bullpen news, be sure to follow @MLBDailyBullpen on Twitter. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
This news is like reading about how eating McDonald's every day will make you fat and healthy. We already knew the inevitable was coming for Jason Motte, but this is the nail in the coffin. He will be meaningless in any kind of fantasy format for at least the next 10-12 months.ANALYST:
Curt Casali went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI against Detroit on Tuesday.
That’s two nights in a row that Casali has double donged. He also homered on Saturday and now has six home runs in his last 20 at-bats. His ISO is now an absurd .480. He obviously won’t sustain anything close to that production, and the projection systems aren’t buying this at all as he has a projected ISO of .123 from here on out according to ZiPS. His ISO was around .130 in a little more than 300 PA at Triple-A, so the projection systems may be right. Analysis: Brett Talley
Evan Longoria went 1-for-4 with a solo home run against Detroit on Tuesday.
Longo is working on a six-game hitting streak with a couple of home runs thrown in during that stretch. He still has a shot to hit 20 home runs, which would be comparable to what he did last year, but where his production has really fallen off is in the run and RBI categories. It’s a bit strange that his counting numbers are down given that the Rays offense has been better than it was last year (according to wRC+). He may see 50 or so fewer plate appearances than he did last year, but that hardly explains 20 fewer runs and RBI each. Analysis: Brett Talley
Jose Bautista left Tuesday's game with what appeared to be a right hamstring injury.
Bautista was an unfortunate 0-for-4 against Adam Morgan and Philadelphia bullpen before leaving with the injury. It would certainly be unfortunate for the Jays if they were to lose Bautista for any amount of time as he'd represent a bigger loss in firepower than what they just gained in Troy Tulowitzki. Hopefully it's nothing, but Ezequiel Carrera, Chris Colabello or a minor leaguer would be the candidates for additional playing time. Analysis: Brett Talley