MLB Closing Bell: June 8
Justin Mason lets us know what's happened and what is happening around Major League Baseball on Friday for tonight's Closing Bell.
Not many weather related issues tonight. The Cardinals/Reds game could get delayed, but should be fine. Should be good in most other games.
Shohei Ohtani was placed on the DL with a sprained UCL. While he left his last start with a blister, he reportedly felt some stiffness in his elbow and this prompted the Angels to get him an MRI which revealed the Grade 2 sprain. He will receive PRP injections over the next three weeks to expedite healing, but this is very troublesome.
Jeurys Familia was placed on the DL with shoulder soreness. According to manager Mickey Callaway, the MRI came back clean, so it does not appear to be a major issue. Robert Gsellman appears to be first in line for saves with A.J. Ramos also on the DL.
Noah Syndergaard will not pitch this weekend after his finger swelled up after playing catch. He was set to start on Sunday, but the timetable will now be pushed back. There were also reports today that the Mets may look to trade some of their top tier starting pitching in order to rebuild. Considering the state of the team and the division, this would make sense for them to get as much value as they can from Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom .
Mike Montgomery threw six innings and gave up one run over seven hits. He only struck out one in the game. Montgomery has the ability to start or relieve, but doesn’t have a ton of fantasy value outside of the deepest of leagues.
J.D. Martínez will not start today, but should be back in tomorrow’s lineup according to the Red Sox. Martinez was pulled from Thursday’s contest with back spasms, but they don’t appear to be indicative of a more serious issue.
Rhys Hoskins may return this weekend, according to manager Gabe Kapler. Today marks the first day he is eligible to return, so this would be a pleasant surprise if he can return so quickly from a fractured jaw. Hoskins has struggled this season comparatively speaking from what fantasy owners expected, but he has immense talent and this may be a decent time to buy on him.
Kevin Kiermaier is on track to return on June 20th after missing most of the season. He is beating the original timetable of early-to-mid July.
Josh Donaldson should be back soon, but it won’t be today. He took some swings in the batting cages according to the Blue Jays, but may need another few days or so before he is ready play.
Zach Britton will return from the DL on Monday. He was looked very good in his return from rupturing his achilles.
Elvis Andrus is on track to return from his elbow injury on June 18th, according to Jeff Wilson. He is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment next week.