The Chicago Cubs have been hit hard with injuries to their outfielders in the past month. David DeJesus was placed on the disabled list on June 15th with a shoulder strain. Ryan Sweeney crashed into the outfield wall and fractured his ribs on June 29th and Brian Bogusevic went on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. So, the Cubs quietly recalled Junior Lake in desperation last week to play centerfield until DeJesus returns from the disabled list in the next week. On Tuesday night, Lake went 3-for-5 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Diamondbacks. In his first 5 games, Lake is 12-for-22 .545/.864/.565 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI. Remind you of anyone? Yasiel Puig went 8-for-19 (.421) with 4 home runs and 10 RBI in his first five games with the Dodgers. The sample size is very small for Lake and regression is surely coming, but so far Lake is proving he deserves to be playing even when DeJesus is activated from the disabled list.
The first star to fall in baseball's latest drug investigation is Ryan Braun. The 2011 National League MVP was suspended without pay for the remainder of this season and the postseason on Monday. Braun accepted the 65-game suspension rather than file an appeal which is 15 more games that he avoided last year when an arbitrator overturned his positive test for elevated testosterone because the sample was not handled correctly. The fact that Braun did not appeal this suspension is a strong indication that the case MLB has built against him is overwhelming. Braun's statement following the announcement of his suspension makes him look like more of an ass than he already has become with all his lies. A year ago, he stared into that camera (picture below) and told us he did not do it. Dino Laurenzi lost his job because of this cheater. Braun is only the first name to drop with more to come. Up next - Alex Rodriguez.