MLB In Full Bloom - Bronson Arroyo Outduels Strasburg - 5/14/2014


Bronson Arroyo turned in a complete game gem on Tuesday, keeping the Nationals to one run in a 3-1 victory on Tuesday night in Phoenix. Arroyo gave up seven hits, walked one, and struck out seven. Nobody is more pleased by Arroyo's recent resurgence than GM Kevin Towers. Arroyo has now strung together four straight stellar outings after opening with a 9.50 ERA in four outings, leaving him 4-2 with a 4.24 ERA.  Over his last three starts, Arroyo (4-2) has allowed one earned run in 23 1/3 innings. He also became the second pitcher to get two hits off Strasburg. Unless you're an NL-only player, Arroyo isn't a fantasy option when he faces the Dodgers on Sunday.


  • Jose Fernandez (elbow) will have Tommy John Surgery and on Tuesday the Marlins confirmed that he has a "significant" tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Recovery time will be 12-18 months. The Marlins have recalled Anthony DeSclafani from Double-A Jacksonville. He will make his major league debut today.
  • Carlos Beltran (elbow) will rest for two or three days to see if the cortisone shot he had Tuesday will enable him to play with the bone spur that was detected in his elbow by a recent MRI.  If the next few days of rest don't enable him to proceed with less pain, Beltran is facing the possibility of in-season surgery. A timetable for his return in that case is unclear, but it would likely be an injury that sidelines him for several weeks.
  • Brian McCann had his second three-hit game of the season Tuesday, going 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI in a losing effort against the Mets. McCann now has a modest four-game hitting streak going and is up to 15 RBI, 15 runs, and five home runs through 126 at-bats this season.
  • Josh Beckett allowed an unearned run on four hits over 6 1/3 innings in Tuesday’s win over the Marlins, lowering his ERA to 2.38. This is Beckett's first victory since 2012 and he has been dynamite since returning from the disabled list, going 1-1 with a 2.38 ERA in seven starts. Beckett will face with the Phillies this weekend in his next start.
  • David Price went the distance on Tuesday night against the Mariners as he struck out 12, in the Rays' 2-1 victory. He retired 10 of the final 11 batters he faced, with the one batter that did reach on a grounder that was just too soft to turn into an out. It was Price's second 12-strikeout game of the year.
  • Both Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg and Mets first baseman Lucas Duda say they caught food poisoning from hamburgers they got at Citi Field's Shake Shack during the series between the two clubs this past weekend. Both are feeling better, but Sandberg reported that he lost six pounds because if this incident.
  • Mike Trout received a standing ovation from roughly 8,000 hometown residents from his hometown in nearby Millville, New Jersey who took over the ballpark in Philadelphia on Tuesday night. Trout went 1-for-5 in this one. Busload after busload full of Millville residents made the 45-mile drive to participate in what officially became known as "Millville Night" in Philadelphia, and each fan that came for the ride was there to see Trout inflict some damage on the Phillies. To the Phillies credit, they embraced the takeover, not only by naming the night in Millville's honor, but also by showing a video tribute to the town before the game and inviting current mayor Michael Santiago to throw out the first pitch.