AL Injury Notes: Hanley, Paxton/M’s, Graveman/Hahn, Griffin

May 27, 2017 | No Comments

The Red Sox won’t count on Hanley Ramirez being capable of playing first base again this year, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told reporters including Tim Britton of the Providence Journal. Shoulder troubles have persisted for the veteran, relegating him to DH duties. “The potential negatives of him going out and [playing first], at this point don’t outweigh the positives that we get from having his bat in as our DH,” Dombrowski explained. “We just have to maneuver around it.” For the time being, at least, rookie Sam Travis is up to provide a right-handed-hitting option at first along side lefty Mitch Moreland. Here’s more on some injury situations around the American League: There’s some welcome news on the injury front for the Mariners, who watched lefty James Paxton through four innings and 55 pitches tonight in a rehab outing, as MLB.com’s Greg Johns reports (Twitter links). The expectation is that he’ll take the ball for Seattle on Wednesday

Superstars Trout, Giancarlo admire each other

Superstars Trout, Giancarlo admire each other

May 26, 2017 | No Comments

Batting practice had a lot more sizzle on Friday night at Marlins Park. The must-see attractions were Giancarlo Stanton when Miami was warming up, and Mike Trout when it was the Angels’ turn to hit.

Arrieta returns to site of no-hitter on MLB.TV

May 26, 2017 | No Comments

The last time Jake Arrieta pitched at Dodger Stadium in the regular season, on August 30, 2015, he carved his way through the Dodgers’ lineup in a near-perfect performance. Arrieta’s no-hitter that night served as the highlight of his superhuman second half, and all but cemented his status as the eventual National League Cy Young Award winner.

Surging D-backs beat Crew behind Ray’s gem

May 26, 2017 | No Comments

Gregor Blanco led off the first inning with a home run, Chris Owings did the same in the second and Robbie Ray was brilliant for seven innings, as the surging D-backs won for the ninth time in 10 games by beating the suddenly struggling Brewers, 4-0, at Miller Park on Thursday night.

Trout’s stunner highlights Statcast’s extreme HRs

May 26, 2017 | No Comments

Everybody knows the incredible data being captured by Statcast is slowly but surely changing the way we watch baseball — and even changing baseball itself. Here at MLB Advanced Media, people pore over the data day and night trying to find new insights. I have said before that it’s a bit like the control room at NASA for space flight.

Pedroia has knee pain, out early as precaution

May 26, 2017 | No Comments

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia exited Thursday’s game against the Rangers in the top of the sixth inning with pain in his left knee.

Sale’s 10-K streak ends; Red Sox rally to win

May 25, 2017 | No Comments

Just when it seemed Chris Sale could be in for a tough-luck loss, the Red Sox dramatically surged back with seven runs in the bottom of the seventh and stunned the Rangers, 9-4, on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

Injury Notes: Sanchez, Chen, Cahill, Hughes, Beltre

May 24, 2017 | No Comments

Aaron Sanchez won’t resume throwing until the blister/fingernail issues that have plagued him this season have completely subsided, reports Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet. The Blue Jays ace and 2016 American League ERA champ has already had three separate 10-day DL stints due to the issue, and at this point, he’s not even going to play catch until his finger is fully healthy. “I can’t keep having this issue every inning and have to go check,” Sanchez tells Nicholson-Smith. “This game’s already hard enough to have to go out there and compete. I’m beating myself up trying to go in there and pitch through it. It’s not doing me any good, it’s not doing the team any good.” There’s no timetable on his return at this point, though Sanchez says that if he needs to wait “30 days to find an answer for the rest of my career, then so be it.” A few other notable injury scenarios from around the league… Marlins manager Don Mattingly told reporters today that left-hander Wei-Yin Chen has undergone another platelet-rich plasma injection in his ailing left elbow (Twitter link via the South Florida Sun Sentinel’s Tim Healey). Chen had a PRP in that same elbow last summer and was able to return after an absence of about two months. At this point, however, the Marlins still don’t have any idea when the southpaw will be cleared to rejoin the rotation. As I noted yesterday when running down the various opt-out decisions that will impact the upcoming class of free agents, Chen’s injury makes it nearly impossible to fathom a scenario where he opts out of the remaining three years on his five-year, $80MM contract. The Padres sent Trevor Cahill for an MRI on his injured right shoulder, but the test revealed no structural damage, tweets MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell.

Scouting Shohei Otani

Scouting Shohei Otani

May 23, 2017 | No Comments

The assignment: Write a scouting report on Shohei Otani. Paint a very clear picture of Otani’s pitching repertoire – including pitch grades and major league comparisons. And that’s just on the mound; gather similar information about his hitting (and perhaps even fielding) capabilities. The reality: I haven’t seen Otani pitch or hit, other than on highlight videos. The solution: Reach out directly to those who have. Rumors continue to swirl that the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in the Japanese Pacific League could post Otani – their star 22-year-old two-way player – as soon as this off-season

Greinke spins 12-K gold to sink White Sox

May 23, 2017 | No Comments

Zack Greinke continued his recent run of success, allowing one run over 8 2/3 innings as the D-backs beat the White Sox, 5-1, on Monday night at Chase Field.