Josh Collmenter took care of business for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night as he enjoyed his first complete game and first career shutout of his career as the D'Backs defeated the Cincinnati Reds 4-0. Better yet, Collmenter faced the minimum number of batters and did it while throwing under 100 total pitches. He retired the final eleven Reds' batters he faced in Chase Field. Collmenter scattered three hits to a Reds lineup that is lacking much power these days. Collmenter has won his last three starts against the Dodgers, Mets and now the Reds. Collmenter should be owned in NL-Only formats and now all mixed league formats as well.
MLB NEWS & NOTES
Edwin Encarnacion went 2-for-4 with a pair of two-run home runs in Thursday's loss to the Royals. Both home runs came off of James Shields and he now has 16 home runs in May and 18 on the season along with 48 RBI. He trails Nelson Cruz for the MLB home run lead by one home run and one RBI short of tying Cruz and Giancarlo Stanton for the MLB RBI lead.
George Springer went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's win over the Orioles. Springer has been on fire lately and has hit seven home runs over his last seven games. He has also hit safely in 11 consecutive games. Springer now has ten home runs in May and the Astros have won six games in a row. Springer is the owner of a .268 BA with 10 home runs and 29 RBI.
Mike Morse went 2-for-4 with a two-run double and a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Cardinals. Morse's second inning solo home run off of Jaime Garcia tied the game at 1-1, and his eighth-inning double gave the Giants a 6-5 lead. Morse, now playing at first base for the injured Brandon Belt, has been potent with the bat for the Giants, slashing .290 with 11 home runs and 37 RBI.
Gio Gonzalez is expected to throw a simulated game Sunday after throwing a successful bullpen session on Thursday. If everything goes well, Gonzalez will begin a rehab assignment next Friday and could be back with the Nationals on June 11th.
- The American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) said in a position statement earlier this week that pitchers that throw at 100 percent effort and at higher velocity are at greater risk of suffering the type of elbow injuries that lead to Tommy John surgery. The statement drafted by Dr. Glenn Fleisig, research director of the ASMI, addressed several misconceptions about elbow injuries and included nine recommendations to help prevent what it called the “epidemic” of ulnar collateral ligament injuries among professional pitchers. There have been 20 major league pitchers since the beginning of 2014 to undergo Tommy John surgery. Some of the factors include pitching among adolescents and fatigue both contribute strongly to elbow injuries at an early age, pitching for multiple teams, pitching year-round, playing catcher when not pitching, poor pitching mechanics, and poor physical conditioning all contribute to elbow injuries. In the ASMI research, the investigators have not found a strong connection between throwing the curveball and elbow injuries.
- In addition to being the undisputed funniest person on the planet, Louis C.K. purchased Babe Ruth's home in the Hamptons. C.K. dropped $2.49 million for a six-bedroom home on Long Island's East End.
Hunter Pence’s now famous scooter has been returned to the right-fielder. Pence said the customized motor scooter that he rides a few blocks to every home game was returned to police at AT&T Park during the Giants 5-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday afternoon. Everyone in the bay area can rest easy now after it had been stolen last Sunday outside a waterfront restaurant. Pence thanked all the fans for their help in searching for the scooter and since he had already bought a new scooter he may put the stolen scooter up for auction for money to be donated to a local charity in San Francisco.