Bruce Rondon hit 99 mph on the radar gun at Fifth Third Field on Thursday in the first outing of his rehab assignment for Triple-A Toledo. That in itself was a good sign, though the command has a little ways to catch up.
Jose Reyes played six innings at shortstop and went 1-for-4 Thursday night in the first game of his Minor League assignment for Triple-A Buffalo.
Kris Bryant didn’t play at Petco Park during his three years at the University of San Diego, but the Cubs’ top prospect looked right at home Thursday night when he hit his fifth home run of the season.
Sometime this winter, Lucas Duda reached out former Mets first baseman Keith Hernandez looking for advice. In a turnaround that admittedly surpassed even Hernandez’s expectations, the lefty-swinging Duda is now hitting .409 in 44 at-bats against southpaws after belting two home runs in Thursday’s 5-0 win over St. Louis.
The White Sox lost two straight entering Thursday’s series finale against the Indians with an offense that has struggled to provide run support. But that hasn’t changed the positive attitude in the clubhouse.
The Cardinals may have been seeking better than the series split they got with Thursday’s 5-0 loss to the Mets. But they departed New York with potentially a bigger long-term find. The search for a fifth starter turned to Jaime Garcia, who, making his first start in 11 months, went seven innings while flashing the movement that has long made his pitches so hard for hitters to pick up.
Ross Ohlendorf was all but forgotten a month ago. He was a strong candidate to make the Rangers pitching staff in Spring Training until he twice injured his right groin muscle and had to start the season in the Minor Leagues.
Jacob deGrom’s early-season rough patch has officially come to an end. deGrom’s eight shutout innings led the Mets to a 5-0 win over the Cardinals at Citi Field on Thursday afternoon, giving the clubs a four-game series split and boosting the Mets to their fourth win in six games.
Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau has been a scarce presence at the park as he recovers from a concussion and neck injury that forced the club to place him on the seven-day concussion disabled list last week. Morneau is eligible to return Friday, but he won’t, manager Walt Weiss said.