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.

MLB In Full Bloom - Johnny the Great! - 5/16/2014

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Johnny Cueto has been a good pitcher in the past. He won 19 games and finish fourth in the 2012 Cy Young voting. This season, however he's taken his game to a new level as we saw on Thursday afternoon with a dominant three hit shutout of the Padres improving his season numbers to 4-2 with a 1.25 ERA through nine starts. With a little more run support he could easily be 9-0 this year. Cueto has pitched at least seven innings each start and hasn't allowed more than two runs in a game. He has allowed 10 runs all season -- seven of those on home runs. His two losses were 2-1 and 1-0. Cueto had another no-decision when he pitched eight scoreless innings. He's the hottest pitcher in baseball right now.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Carlos Beltran could be sidelined 6-8 weeks if he needs surgery to remove bone spurs from his right elbow according to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. Cashman also added that Beltran is likely to be examined by Dr. James Andrews while on the disabled list. It's sounding like he'll likely be out until after the All-Star break if he winds up going under the knife.
  • Josh Hamilton (thumb) took batting practice on Thursday and everything went well. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Hamilton could begin a rehab assignment in about a week.
  • Ben Zobrist (thumb) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday. Zobrist injured his thumb on a head-first slide into second base Wednesday, and will now represent yet another of the recent rash of players to have suffered a thumb injury on similar plays.
  • Hanley Ramirez and the Los Angeles Dodgers are currently in discussions on a long-term contract. Ramirez, eligible for free agency after this season, is seeking a contract in excess of $100 million, and probably well north of that figure. Since Jacoby Ellsbury received $153 million and Shin-Soo Choo received $130 million, it is safe to assume Ramirez has his mind made up that he wants to be in that zip code.
  • Starlin Castro had three hits including his sixth home run of the year in Thursday's loss to St. Louis. Castro continues to enjoy batting cleanup and he has multi-hit games in three of his last four starts.¬†Castro's strong start to the season is a welcomed sight for the Cubs and his fantasy owners.
  • Major League Baseball on Thursday announced the formation of a search committee to find a successor to commissioner Bud Selig, who is sticking with his plan to retire in January 2015 after 22 years in the position. Selig announced his intentions to retire in September 2013 and now the search will begin to find the next commissioner. There are several names mentioned in the report, but the name that caught my attention was former President George W. Bush.
  • Chris Getz has decided to retire from baseball after the Blue Jays took him off their 40-man roster earlier this week. Getz decided to hang up his cleats rather than report to Triple-A Buffalo. Getz is looking to start a family and pursue other endeavors in and around the game. Getz finishes his seven year career with a .250 batting average with 3 home runs and 111 RBIs.

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