MLB In Full Bloom - Omar Infante Suffers Broken Jaw - 4/8/2014

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Omar Infante of the Kansas City Royals was hit in the face by a pitch from Tampa Bay Rays reliever Heath Bell. Infante immediately left the game against the Rays in the seventh inning, walking off under his own power with Royals trainers. Infante, hit in the left cheek, was spitting blood and had blood on his forehead as trainers held a towel to his face. Bell said he was trying to throw a sinker and the ball just got away from him. It was an extremely scary moment and it raises the question again for MLB to look at improving the safety of the game. It is not yet known how much time Infante will miss, but fantasy owners should not expect to see Infante for at least the next week.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • David Robertson (groin) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a Grade 1 groin strain by the New York Yankees. Shawn Kelley got the save in his absence in the home opener and would appear to be the logical pick-up in fantasy leagues. Kelley should be picked up in all formats.
  • J.J. Hardy (back) was out of the Orioles' lineup again Tuesday against the Yankees. Hardy is currently dealing with back stiffness and this is the third straight game he has missed. Ryan Flaherty will fill in at shortstop until Hardy can get back into the lineup.
  • Matt Moore (elbow) was removed from Monday's start against the Royals with left elbow soreness. Moore will undergo an MRI today, but the Rays seem optimistic that it is nothing serious. Even if the MRI comes back clean, you have to assume the club will play it safe and put Moore on the disabled list.
  • Mark Trumbo homered for the fourth consecutive game on Sunday, powering the Diamondbacks to a 5-3 victory over the Rockies in Colorado. Each home run in the past four games have been tape measure blasts. His home run on Sunday was his 100th career home run and he is now hitting .314 with five homers and 13 RBI through his first nine games.
  • A.J. Griffin is set to begin strengthening exercises soon and should begin throwing in 1-2 weeks. Griffin needs to build up his arm strength before starting a throwing program, as elbow tendinitis has limited the work he's been able to get in to this point. He's expected to be our for the first two months of the season, as he'll have to make several rehab starts before being ready to rejoin the A's rotation. Jesse Chavez will continue to fill in for Griffin in A's rotation.
  • A.J. Ellis (knee) will undergo arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee. The shocking news to everyone as Ellis has no history of knee issues. The Dodgers expect the Ellis to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks following surgery. Drew Butera is the Dodgers' current backup, and the club has Miguel Olivo and Tim Federowicz at Triple-A.
  • Cody Ross (hip) is 7-10 days away from being activated from the disabled list according to D'Backs general manager Kevin Towers. Ross is 2-for-5 so far on his rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno, but he's been pulled from both games after five innings as he's eased back into things. He should start regularly against left-handers once activated. He has to play nine innings and in back-to-back games before he will be activated.

MLB In Full Bloom How Long Will Puig Be Out? - 4/7/2014

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Yasiel Puig did not play Sunday night for the Los Angeles Dodgers due to a sprained left thumb. Puig injured his thumb on Saturday while diving to third base. Fortunately, it doesn't look like Puig is dealing with any sort of fracture, but his MRI did reveal a strained left thumb could be sore enough to prevent him from playing for a few days. Puig's occasionally reckless playing style may expose him to more bumps and bruises than most outfielders, but his all-world talent is probably enough for fantasy owners to excuse a few missed games here and there. Fantasy owners should consider him day-to-day and he should avoid the disabled list.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Mark Trumbo homered for the fourth consecutive game on Sunday, powering the Diamondbacks to a 5-3 victory over the Rockies in Colorado.  Each home run in the past four days have been tape measure blasts. It was his 100th career home run he's now hitting .314 with five homers and 13 RBI through his first nine games.
  • Matt Kemp homered twice off Main Cain on Sunday night as the Dodgers finally got a victory over the Giants 6-2. Kemp seems to have his stroke back and looks healthy. He still has huge upside and could deliver tremendous returns on his draft day cost provided that he can find a way to remain on the field.
  • Scott Feldman allowed one run on three hits over seven innings in Sunday's win over the Angels. Feldman threw the ball extremely well in his first start of the season, and he was only slightly less spectacular in keeping the Angels at bay. Feldman gave up just three hits and two walks while striking out only one batter, inducing 12 ground ball outs. He'll have another tough test next week when he faces the Rangers.
  • Chris Sale allowed four hits over eight scoreless innings in the White Sox' 5-1 win over the Royals on Sunday. Sale was facing James Shields in this one and Sale had to be terrific to earn his second win of the season. Sale walked just one while striking out six over his eight innings of work. Sale has a 1.76 ERA through 15 1/3 innings and will look to keep it going against the Indians in his next start.
  • Wade Miley picked up his second win of the young season. Miley allowed two runs on seven hits over eight innings against the Rockies on Sunday. Miley needed just 93 pitches to get through eight innings as he walked two Rockies and struck out two.
  • Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) had MRI on Sunday and it revealed no structural damage to his right shoulder. Zimmerman is dealing with shoulder inflammation and will be re-evaluated on Tuesday. A trip to the disabled list is  like a possibility given the way the discomfort affects his throwing. Fantasy owners should take measures to ensure they have a contingency plan.
  • A.J. Griffin is set to begin strengthening exercises soon and should begin throwing in 1-2 weeks. Griffin needs to build up his arm strength before starting a throwing program, as elbow tendinitis has limited the work he's been able to get in this spring. He's expected to be out for the first two months of the season, as he'll have to make several rehab starts before being ready to rejoin the A's rotation. Jesse Chavez will continue to man his spot in the rotation.
  • Bobby Parnell will undergo Tommy John surgery tomorrow. This is a big blow to the Mets bullpen as they will now rely on Jose Valverde to close out games. The Mets will certainly look outside the organization for another closer, but for now Valverde should be owned in NL-Only leagues and deep mixed leagues.

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