Injury Notes: Pagan, Chirinos, Athletics, Mets

May 24, 2016 | No Comments

The Giants announced today that left fielder Angel Pagan has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a left hamstring strain — the same issue which already cost him nearly two weeks of action earlier this season. In his place, the team has recalled outfielder Jarrett Parker from Triple-A. Pagan has had a productive start to the season, batting .275/.338/.383 with a pair of homers and five stolen bases. That’s a notable improvement over last year’s production in 133 games, though this also marks the fourth DL stint for Pagan since 2013 — the start of his current four-year, $40MM contract. The 27-year-old Parker is hitting .281/.366/.615 with 13 homers at the Triple-A level this season and slashed an impressive .347/.407/.755 in a brief 54-plate-appearance promotion last September, with the bulk of that damage coming in a three-homer game in Oakland on Sept. 26. A few more notable injury updates from around the league… Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos is ahead of schedule in his rehab and could beat his initial timeline of 10-12 weeks, reports Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (on Twitter). Chirinos, on the disabled list due to a fractured forearm, could return the first day that he is eligible, on June 9, according to Wilson. Of course, catcher has been a surprisingly productive position for Texas even in the absence of their starting backstop; the trio of Bryan Holaday, Bobby Wilson and the since-traded Chris Gimenez have batted .260/.323/.473 with six homers entering play tonight. The Athletics received good news on a pair of injured players on Monday, as Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle writes.

Proud grandfather Snitker relishes time with family

Proud grandfather Snitker relishes time with family

May 24, 2016 | No Comments

Brian Snitker did not necessarily expect to sell his house as quickly as he did this winter, and he certainly did not anticipate the opportunity he gained when the Braves dismissed former manager Fredi Gonzalez last week. So for now, Snitker will simply appreciate that he is likely the only big league manager living in his daughter’s basement.

Astros confident Keuchel will find Cy form

May 24, 2016 | No Comments

Perhaps the most frustrating thing about the struggles of reigning American League Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel is how well the rest of the Astros’ rotation has been pitching lately. That gives the Astros hope that getting Keuchel ironed out will help them spark a turnaround to get back into the AL West race.

Ichiro’s 4 hits energize Marlins past Rays

Ichiro’s 4 hits energize Marlins past Rays

May 24, 2016 | No Comments

Ichiro Suzuki, going strong at age 42, is energizing the Marlins. The veteran outfielder had four singles, one RBI and a run scored on Monday night, and he was in the heart of the club’s eighth-inning rally that lifted Miami to a 7-6 win over the Rays at Marlins Park.

SoE: Baseball’s Biggest Surprises (So Far)

May 24, 2016 | No Comments

Some things in game are predictable, like Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout. For the most part, however, baseball keeps us off-balance. That’s one of the great parts about it, even if it makes life difficult for prognosticators and fantasy players, not to mention front offices.

Yu to start for Rangers on Saturday

May 24, 2016 | No Comments

After five rehab outings post-Tommy John surgery, Yu Darvish is returning to the Rangers rotation. Darvish will make his first Major League start since 2014 on Saturday, slated to start against the visiting Pirates, manager Jeff Banister said Monday.

Mets lose Duda to lower-back stress fracture

May 23, 2016 | No Comments

The Mets placed first baseman Lucas Duda on the disabled list Monday with a stress fracture in his lower back, purchasing the contract of utility man Ty Kelly from Triple-A Las Vegas. There is no timetable for Duda’s return.