Tommy Hanson Lands on DL

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As expected, Tommy Hanson was placed the the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain. He sustained the injury shortly before his scheduled Wednesday start in Detroit. An MRI on Thursday revealed just the strain and not a tear, which was positive news for Hanson. His DL stint has been backdated to June 20th so there is a slight chance that he could be ready to go when he is eligible on July 6th. The more realistic return date for Hanson will be sometime after the All Star break. This has been a difficult season for Hanson with two DL stints and he had to deal with a death in his family. He has only appeared in 9 games and pitched in 47.2 innings. At this point, Hanson should only be owned in deep mixed leagues and Al-Only leagues. 

 NEWS & NOTES

  • Derek Holland threw a gem in the Bronx on Thursday against the Yankees. Holland held the Yankees to just two singles and two walks and led the Rangers to a 2-0 victory and needed just 92 pitches for his complete-game shutout.
  • Yasiel Puig went 1-for-4 with a run and two RBI on Thursday against the Phillies that helped the Dodgers come back and win their 6th in a row. Puig continues provide to find himself in critical situations and he continues to come through with a big hit. He has now hit safely in 19-of-23 career games in the major leagues and has a batting average of .427.
  • Carl Crawford (hamstring) continues to progress towards a rehab assignment. Crawford has been recovering from a left hamstring strain since the beginning of June. It will be really interesting to see wh0 Dodgers manager Don Mattingly starts in the outfield once Crawford is activated. Currently, Andre Ethier is in left, Matt Kemp in center, and Yasiel Puig in right. Trade winds have begun to swirl and one can expect the Dodgers to be active.
  • Troy Tulowitzki (rib) continues to make progress in his rehab with some light throwing and he appears to be on schedule to return shortly after the All-Star break.
  • Melky Cabrera (knee) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with left knee tendinitis. Cabrera has struggled with leg issues for the majority of the season and it appears things finally got to a point that the Jays need to give Cabrera some rest. Rajai Davis figures to get the majority of the playing time in left field.
  • Josh Beckett (arm) began playing catch on Wednesday. This is the first time that he's done anything since being  placed on the disabled list a month ago with a nerve issue.  Beckett hopes can return to pitch this season, but the possibility of season-ending surgery is still remains. At this point, Beckett is risky at best in any format. Even in NL-Only and deep mixed leagues, there are better options.
  • Drew Pomeranz will replace Juan Nicasio in the Rockies rotation and make the start Sunday against the San Francisco Giants. Nicasio has really struggled recently and currently is the owner of a 5.31 ERA and in 16 starts. Pomeranz has experienced some recent success at Triple-A Colorado Springs which is why he earned the promotion.
  • Jedd Gyorko (groin) will rejoin the Padres in Miami to check in with team training staff before making any decision. It appears that the tightness he felt running the bases in his rehab assignment earlier this week is not a major setback.
  • Rex Brothers will go back to a setup role  as Rafael Betancourt (groin) will be activated from the disabled list today. Brothers picked up four saves while Betancourt was out and he is the owner of a 0.28 ERA. Brothers should continue to be owned because if Betancourt struggles, Brothers will be the closer.