MLB In Full Bloom - Astros Recall George Springer - 4/16/2014

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There was speculation that the Houston Astros would recall George Springer from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday night and they made it official this morning when they purchased Springer's contract. The Astros top prospect has hit .353 with three homers, nine RBI and four stolen bases in his first 13 contests for Oklahoma City this season after batting .303 with 37 home runs and 45 steals last year. In what turned out to be his final game for the Triple-A RedHawks, Springer homered for a second straight game and went 3-for-4 with a grand slam and scored four runs. He'll play every day most likely in right field and needs to be owned in all fantasy formats.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Nick Franklin was recalled by the Seattle Mariners and activated today and could be in the lineup tonight in Texas. Franklin could see some playing time in the outfield as Logan Morrison (hamstring) could be headed to the disabled list. Franklin earned the promotion after a .395 batting average to start with four homers and 13 RBI over his first 11 Triple-A contests this season. Franklin should be owned in all fantasy formats.
  • Brandon Belt collected three hits, including a double and an RBI in Tuesday's win over the Dodgers. Belt has really cooled off over the past week after going on a power surge to start the season. He has started to look a little bit more like the patient, doubles-power Belt we were familiar with over his past five games.
  • Kole Calhoun (ankle) is heading for the 15-day disabled list. Calhoun joins Josh Hamilton on the disabled list after painfully rolling his ankle running through first base in the 11st inning. Calhoun went 3-for-6 with a two-run homer and a key ninth-inning double as the Angels suffered back-to-back losses to their division rivals. He went 7-for-15 in his last three games. Matt Long and Brennan Boesch are two candidates to get called up.
  • Aroldis Chapman (head) could throw live batting practice before the end of the Reds upcoming road trip which ends on April 27th according to Reds manager Bryan Price. Chapman threw his first bullpen session since surgery on Monday and came out of it feeling great.  While Chapman's rehab is going well, he still isn't expected back until mid-to-late May.
  • Bronson Arroyo was lit up by the Mets for nine runs on 10 hits over 3 1/3 innings of a 9-0 loss on Tuesday. Arroyo now owns a 9.95 ERA, while the Diamondbacks staff as a whole has posted a 7.71 ERA. The Diamondbacks are off to a 4-13 record, and 1-10 at the launching pad known as Chase Field. GM Kevin Towers must be feeling buyer's remorse three starts into Arroyo's career in Arizona and it will be interesting to see how Towers fixes the starting rotation. Arroyo faces the Cubs in his next scheduled start, but don't go anywhere near him.
  • Mike Napoli (finger) has been diagnosed with a dislocated left ring finger after a head-first slide, but X-rays were negative. Luckily it's not broken, which would have put him on the disabled list. He'll likely be out a few days before returning to the Red Sox lineup.
  • Taijuan Walker (shoulder) was scratched from his minor league rehab start Tuesday with shoulder stiffness. The Mariners top prospect moved up to Triple-A Tacoma for Tuesday's start, which lead to speculation that he could return to the Mariners as soon as Sunday. Since Walker was unable to get loose due to the tight shoulder he will be re-evaluated Wednesday, and that exam should shed light on the severity of this setback.

MLB In Full Bloom - Jackie Robinson Day - 4/15/2014

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The 67th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers will be celebrated as usual throughout baseball today with ceremonies proceeding each game today. The main event will be in the Bronx prior to an Inter league game tonight between the Cubs and the Yankees. Robinson's wife, Rachel, daughter Sharon, Commissioner Bud Selig and members of the Steinbrenner family are scheduled to be in attendance. Robinson played in his first major league game for the Dodgers on April 15th, 1947 and went 0-for-3. Despite not getting a hit, Robinson did score the deciding run in a 5-3 victory over the Boston Braves in Brooklyn. He was the first black player to appear in the majors since 1884.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Ernesto Frieri blew his first save of the season by coughing up John Jaso's two-run ninth-inning homer in Monday's 3-2 loss to the A's. Angels fans are calling for Frieri's head already, but they should keep in mind that he was 37-for-41 in save opportunities last year. If Angels manager Mike Scioscia could turn to Joe Smith, but the safer bet is Frieri continues as the closer.
  • Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBI in Monday's 3-2 loss to the A's. Pujols is officially heating up and he's now hit a homer in four of his last six games. In those games, he's racked up eight RBI and did I mention he's riding a 10-game hitting streak?
  • Huston Street collected his fourth save of the season by throwing a perfect ninth inning in San Diego's 5-4 victory over Colorado on Monday. We're only two weeks into the first month of a long baseball season, but Street has been one of the game's best fantasy closers. He's now 4-for-4 in save opportunities and hasn't allowed a run in five appearances.
  • Matt Moore (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery next week and will miss the remainder of the 2014 season. Moore was hoping to avoid the surgery, but it's seemed inevitable for the last few days. He apparently made a final decision Monday night after feeling discomfort in his elbow while throwing earlier in the day. Moore can be ruled out for 2014, and it will be a challenge for him to be ready by Opening Day 2015. Moore's surgery will be performed by Dr. James Andrews on April 22.
  • Bryce Harper (quad) left Monday's game against the Marlins with quad tightness, but he expects to play tonight. It's not being viewed as a serious injury, as the Nationals were likely just playing it safe since they had a big lead.
  • Craig Kimbrel is dealing with a sore shoulder and was not available Monday night to close out the Braves' 9-6 victory over the Phillies. Kimbrel said that the sore shoulder is no big deal and he'll be ready to go in a few days. It's never a good thing to hear a sore shoulder or believe what a player is telling us. David Carpenter picked up the save Monday night and should be added immediately in case there is more to Kimbrel's sore shoulder.
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds combined to hit ten home runs and all the fireworks came in the first six innings. The game was suspended prior to the beginning of the 7th inning due to rain and the game was picked up today at 2:30pm local time. The Pirates hit six home runs, on three sets of back-to-backers, and the Reds hit four homers. Todd Frazier, Ryan Ludwick and Joey Votto hit two-run shots and Devin Mesoraco hit a solo shot for the Reds.

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