MLB In Full Bloom - How long will Jose Reyes Be Out? - 4/1/2014

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Opening Day lived up to the anticipation and excitement for baseball purists! I was fortunate enough to be in Anaheim for the Los Angeles Angels home opener against the Seattle Mariners. Mike Trout hit a two-run homer in his first AB of the 2014 season, and yours truly was asked to be quiet as I sat in the Angels press box with Julie Buehler. I briefly forgot that I am not supposed to show any emotion while sitting in the press box and for all you that know me that is difficult to do for extended periods of time! The Angels bullpen looked woeful, especially Kevin Jepsen who gave up 5 ER in 2/3 of an inning as the Mariners scored nine unanswered runs to defeat the Halos 10-3. If that was not bad enough, Hitting Coach Don Baylor broke his right femur while catching Vladimir Guerrero's ceremonial first pitch. Baylor sat motionless on the ground for a few moments before trainers helped him off the field. Baylor will have surgery today. It was certainly a rocky and bizarre way to start Monday night in Anaheim.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Jose Reyes (hamstring) is back on the 15-day disabled list with left hamstring tightness. The Blue Jays won't know the extent of Reyes' hamstring injury until he undergoes an MRI Tuesday, but they already know it's bad enough to place Reyes on the disabled list. No surprise here as Reyes has been nursing the injury for over a week and aggravated it in his first at-bat Monday. Maicer Izturis is expected to start at shortstop while Reyes is sidelined. Fantasy owners that gambled on Reyes should expect him to be out longer than the 15 days on the disabled list.
  • Grady Sizemore homered and singled against the Orioles in a losing effort on Opening Day. The home run was his first since July 15, 2011 - 991 days. After joining the Red Sox on a minor league deal over the winter, the oft-injured 31-year-old won the starting center field job over Jackie Bradley Jr. with a strong showing in spring training. Who knows how long the resurgence will last, but Sizemore could be a huge bargain for the Red Sox and fantasy owners.
  • Mike Trout went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer on Opening Day against the Mariners on Monday. Trout homered off Felix Hernandez in his very first at-bat of the season, what else would you expect!
  • Felix Hernandez gave up a two-run homer to Mike Trout and was shaky early, but he settled down to strike out 11 Angels over six innings and earned his first victory of the year. King Felix is now 5-0 in Opening Day starts in his career.
  • Adam Wainwright picked up right where he left of last year with a dominating performance in Cincinnati on Opening Day. Wainwright struck out nine over seven scoreless innings in Monday's 1-0 victory over the Reds. He did walk four batters, which is very uncharacteristic for the right-hander, but he allowed just three singles and never encountered any real trouble. He face the Pirates in his next start.
  • Buster Posey went 2-for-5 with the go-ahead two-run homer in a 9-8 Opening Day win over the Diamondbacks. Posey's homer came off Addison Reed in the ninth inning that snapped a 7-7 tie. Posey struggled during the second half last year due to a fractured finger, but he's back to 100 percent right now and should be one of the most productive catchers in the game this year.
  • Francisco Rodriguez received a save opportunity and he shut the door as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Atlanta Braves on Opening Day. This came as a surprise as many thought manager Ron Roenicke had Jim Henderson as his closer to start the year. It now appears that Rodriguez will be the Brewers closer until further notice. The decision came after Henderson struggled with diminished velocity and command in spring training.
  • Jose Abreu went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a run scored Monday against the Twins. Abreu signed a six-year, $68 million contract last October with the White Sox and then he struggled in spring training. But Abreu didn't disappoint in his major league debut. He posted huge power numbers during his time in Cuba and carries significant fantasy potential.