Over the weekend Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton caused a stir when he questioned receiver Hakeem Nicks' conditioning.
On Thursday, Nicks defended himself, insisting to ESPN's Josina Anderson that he's never been in better shape and that Hamilton wasn't singling him out.
A little he said/she said here in Colts camp with a splash of "best shape of my life" cliche? Serve it up! Nicks' last two seasons have been marred by foot issues and he's been limited to fewer than 900 yards each season and has just three touchdowns over the two year span. It was reported Tuesday that he was dealing with a sore foot again, so between that and Hamilton's comments, things might not be looking so good for a potential Nicks comeback. Monitor his practices moving forward now and be wary about committing to him in drafts.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Kendrys Morales went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI in the Royals 9-4 win over the Indians on Monday.
It’s more than likely that outside of AL Only leagues Kendrys Morales was not even drafted this year as he was signed in the offseason to replace Billy Butler who had departed for Oakland. Those who did draft Morales or were able to snag him off the waiver wire have been rewarded with one of the biggest surprises of the season as he finds himself among the league leaders with 68 RBI to go with 43 runs, 12 home runs and a .287 batting average. Prior to his devastating ankle injury which nearly costed him his career back in 2010 Kendrys was one of the best up young first basemen in the game and while now at 32 he has proven that he can still be a very productive middle of the lineup bat. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba
Matt Wieters went 3-for-5 with a solo home run in the Orioles 2-1 extra innings win over the Braves on Monday.
Wieters collected three hits on Monday but it was his walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning that made the biggest impact. It has a been a tough season for Wieters as he started the year on the DL as he worked his way back from Tommy John surgery and has now recently dealt with some back issues which has the Orioles looking for alternative ways to keep his bat in the lineup while limiting how many games he catches. There were some reports that Wieters was fielding ground balls at first base so it’s possible that could be an option later in the year. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba