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.