MLB In Full Bloom - Devin Mesoraco Continues Mashing At the Plate - 5/19/2014

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Devin Mesoraco went 4-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI in Sunday's loss to the Phillies. Mesoraco hasn't skipped a beat after missing three weeks with a hamstring injury. He's hit safely in both games since returning, and his .500 BA (27-for-54) with 17 RBI in 61 plate appearances. With the career-high four hits, Mesoraco has hits in 14 of his 15 games played and RBIs in 10 of those games. Now the Reds need some others to join him with hot bats.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Martin Prado (eye) will see an eye doctor today and then fly on to St. Louis for the Diamondbacks' upcoming series. He was removed from Sunday's game for precautionary reasons, as he was dealing with blurred vision and could not adequately see the pitches. This is certainly an odd situation and fantasy owners should consider Prado day-to-day for now until we learn more after he visits a specialist Monday.
  • C.C. Sabathia (knee) will be sidelined until "at least July" according to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.  Sabathia had his inflamed right knee reexamined today by a specialist and the new diagnosis apparently was not good. Sabathia has a 5.28 ERA through 46 innings this year. Chase Whitley filled in for Sabathia last Thursday against the Mets and could certainly get more opportunity with this news.
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) will be activated on Wednesday and will pitch that night as well according to Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. Ryu was cleared after getting through an extended spring training game over the weekend with no issues. Ryu threw 75 pitches in his outing. Paul Maholm will return to the bullpen.
  • Albert Pujols snapped his home run drought with a pair of solo shots off David Price in the Angels 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday. By doing so, he moved into 25th place all-time with his 504th home run and he is now tied Hall of Famer Eddie Murray and now has his sight set on Gary Sheffield with 509 career home runs.
  • LaTroy Hawkins suffered his first blown save opportunity of the season Sunday against the Padres, serving up a game-tying two-run homer to Everth Cabrera to send the game to extra innings. Rex Brothers has been pitching much better recently after struggling to find consistency with his control. If Hawkins struggles were to continue, Brothers will certainly be the next in line for save opportunities.
  • Corey Dickerson belted his fifth homer of the season and drove in two runs in Sunday's 8-6 win over the Padres. Dickerson's production has been tremendous (.349 average, five homers, and 13 RBI) in limited duty (63 at-bats) would normally warrant more starts on most squads. However, with Carlos Gonzalez and Charlie Blackmon locked in as starters and with Michael Cuddyer set to return from the disabled list on Tuesday, Dickerson is more than likely headed back to the bench or back to the minors.
  • Mitch Williams will be taking a leave of absence from the MLB Network after he has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Williams went a bit overboard in coaching his 10-year-old son's baseball team. First, there were the reports that Williams went nuts on an umpire, including calling the umpire a profane name. Then there was the report that Williams ordered his pitcher to hit an opposing player with a pitch. Let's hope that he does not use the time off to coach more little league games.
  • Babe Ruth's gold pocket watch sold at an auction in Southern California on Sunday for $650,108. The watch was from the 25th anniversary celebration in 1948 of the opening of Yankee Stadium.