MLB In Full Bloom - Is Billy Hamilton Heading to DL? - 5/2/2014

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Billy Hamilton made an incredible catch on the first play of Thursday's game. Unfortunately, it was Hamilton's last play as he injured his knuckles on his left hand after making the catch. Reds manager Bryan Price hinted that Hamilton may be able to pinch-run Friday, but also said that the team won't be sure about the severity of Hamilton's injury for a day or two. The timing is especially tough for Hamilton as he was beginning to turn the corner at the plate in the past couple weeks. After struggling to start the season and bottoming out at .140 in the middle of April,  Hamilton settled in and posted a .333 BA with a home run, 10 runs scored and nine stolen bases in his last 14 games. Hamilton dealt with a similar injury to the same hand in early April, when he was held out of the lineup for two games but still available as a pinch runner and defensive replacement. While Hamilton is out of the line-up, Chris Heisey will play centerfield.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Aroldis Chapman (head) struck out two of the three batters he faced and topped out at 101 mph in Thursday's rehab game for Low-A Dayton. Chapman said afterward that he feels the same as ever and only expects to need two or three more rehab appearances. His words were backed up by a strong performance, but the Reds will decide when Chapman rejoins the Reds. Reds manager Bryan Price stated that he thinks the left-hander will be back in the next 7-10 days.
  • Yasiel Puig enjoyed a productive Thursday in Minnesota as he went 6-for-10 with two RBI and a stolen base in the Dodgers' doubleheader sweep of the Twins. Yasiel Puig went 4-for-4 with a two-run double and a stolen base as the Dodgers beat the Twins 9-4 in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader.
  • Manny Machado (knee) went 0-for-5 with four ground outs and a pop out in his 2014 debut Thursday night. This was not the debut Machado had hoped for on Thursday, but the important thing is that he's healthy. Fantasy owners are hoping that some of last season's doubles turn into homers, and a more patient approach from Machado could go a long way in making that a reality.
  • B.J. Upton went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run and a stolen base in Thursday's loss to the Marlins. Since he started wearing glasses, Upton has hit safely in five consecutive games, though he's logged just five hits in 22 trips to the plate. His stolen base was his fifth bag in six attempts.
  • Joel Hanrahan and the Detroit Tigers have agreed on a one-year deal. This was first reported by CBS Sports' Jon Heyman earlier today. The Tigers held a press conference scheduled for this afternoon to announce the signing and the particulars of the deal. Hanrahan was impressive during a throwing session for roughly 20 teams a couple weeks ago. He was hitting 93 mph on the radar gun. It will take him a while to become ready for game action, but he'll give the Tigers some setup help ahead of Joe Nathan once he is ready.
  • Carlos Gonzalez (finger) and Rockies manager Walt Weiss are in agreement that the outfielder's injury isn't too serious and nothing like last year. Its just a jammed finger and it does not appear that he will miss much time. It sounds like a pretty bad bruise and nothing more, as X-rays came back negative, and Gonzalez didn't have his finger wrapped after Thursday's game.
  • Tyler Chatwood (elbow) has been diagnosed with a flexor strain and inflammation in his right elbow. It's not the best diagnosis, but it also could have been much worse as in Tommy John surgery. Chatwood figures to be shut down for a while before trying to ramp up his throwing again. There's no timetable for his return.