MLB In Full Bloom - Will Tanaka Need Tommy John Surgery? - 7/11/2014

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Masahiro Tanaka has been a great story in baseball during the first half, but it's that story has taken a turn for the worst. The Yankees are now faced with the very real possibility that they will have to make do without their new ace for the rest of this season and the majority of 2015. That's the major takeaway after Thursday's update from Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. Tanaka was seen by three doctors, all of whom agreed that he's dealing with a partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow. A decision on surgery will wait, as he will go the rest and rehab route for now. Tanaka will receive a platelet-rich plasma injection in his elbow before he will begin a throwing program. If there are no setbacks, Tanaka could return to game action within six weeks. However, if the elbow fails to respond, Tommy John surgery is possible. Tanaka's tear is considered small, but there haven't been many success stories with pitchers attempting to rehab.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Clayton Kershaw's scoreless streak ended at 41 2/3 innings when he gave up a home run to Chase Headley, but the Los Angeles Dodgers ace pitched a complete game three hitter with 11 strikeouts to lead the Dodgers over the Padres 2-1 on Thursday night. Kershaw's scoreless streak was the longest single-season scoreless streak since Brandon Webb hurled 42 straight in 2007. Orel Hershiser has the most in the major league divisional era with 59. Kershaw is on his way to another Cy Young award with a 10-2 record and 1.83 ERA in 14 outings.
  • Steve Pearce singled and hit a solo home run in four at-bats as the Orioles defeated the Nationals on Thursday. Pearce has been unstoppable this season. He singled in the Orioles' first run in the third inning, doubled in another run in the fifth, and stole two bags on the evening just for good measure. Pearce, 31, is slashing .322 with 11 home runs, 31 RBI, and four stolen bases. Fantasy owners should enjoy the ride that seems to have no end in sight for Pearce.
  • Mike Trout went 4-for-5 with a home run, four RBI, and three runs scored as the Angels routed the Rangers on Thursday. Trout singled in a run in the second, then blasted a three-run home run in the third inning. Shortly into the season's fourth month, Trout has been making a strong case to win his first career AL MVP award. Trout has 21 home runs, 68 RBI, 10 stolen bases, and a .310 batting average.
  • Torii Hunter went 3-for-6 with two RBI singles and a solo home run as the Tigers blew out the Royals in a win on Thursday. Hunter has turned his season around with a hot start to July. Thursday's three-hit performance marked his sixth multi-hit game in nine games this month. The outfielder now has 12 home runs, 52 RBI, and a .276 batting average.
  • Brandon Phillips (thumb) has been diagnosed with a torn left thumb ligament and will undergo surgery today. He's expected to miss the next 8-to-12 weeks as a result. While X-rays after Wednesday's game cleared Phillips of a fracture, he wasn't able to escape without any ligament damage, and is now facing a long-term absence. Cincinnati will try to get by with Skip Schumaker and Ramon Santiago at the keystone in the interim, but neither player provides anywhere close to the offensive upside that Phillips does. With Phillips' long-term DL stint and  with first baseman Joey Votto (quadriceps) also facing an uncertain return timetable.
  • Yadier Molina (thumb) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right thumb injury. Molina has been diagnosed with a torn ligament in his thumb and will undergo surgery today. He's expected to miss 8-12 weeks, which could put him out of the mix for the rest of the regular season. Tony Cruz will receive the playing time for now, but the Cardinals will need to figure out other options for the second half.
  • On this date in 1914, Babe Ruth made his major league debut as a 19-year-old pitcher with the Boston Red Sox. Ruth held the Cleveland Naps to three runs (two earned) in seven innings to earn the win at Fenway Park. Ruth made two more starts and one relief appearance with the Red Sox the rest of the 1914 season, finishing with a 3.91 ERA in 23 innings.

MLB In Full Bloom - Simon Gets NL-Leading 12th Win - 7/10/2014

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MLB In Full Bloom is featured on Buehler’s Day Off on Team 1010 KXPS in Palm Desert, CA.

Much of the attention this year has been focused on Johnny Cueto as the ace of the Reds rotation. However, Alfredo Simon picked up his National League-leading 12th win, allowing one run over 6 2/3 innings as the Reds defeated the Cubs 4-1 on Wednesday. At 12-3 in 18 starts this season, he has overtaken Adam Wainwright and Zach Greinke for the NL lead in victories and tied the Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka for the Major League lead. Simon hasn't allowed more than three runs in a start since May 27. When the NL All-Star team was announced on Sunday, Simon's name was one that was left off. His chances to be a roster replacement could improve if another pitcher -- such as Cueto -- starts this Sunday ahead of Tuesday's game at Target Field. Simon's numbers are making it harder to deny him a ticket to Minneapolis.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Doug Fister improved his record to 8-2 after limiting the Orioles to two runs over seven innings on Wednesday. Fister put together his fourth consecutive quality start, holding the Orioles to seven hits, which included Manny Machado's solo home run, and two walks while striking out three. When the Nationals return from the All-Star break, Fister will take the hill against the Brewers at home.
  • Mark Teixeira went 2-for-6 with two home runs as the Yankees won in extra innings against the Indians on Wednesday. Teixeira hit a solo shot off of Josh Tomlin in the fourth inning, and then hit a two-run shot off of Tomlin in the fifth. The first baseman now has 17 on the season along with 47 RBI and a .241 batting average.
  • Roberto Hernandez needed only 84 pitches to hold the Brewers to one run over eight innings in Wednesday's victory. Hernandez very easily could have pitched inning, but Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg opted to let closer Jonathan Papelbon pick up the save. Hernandez limited the Brewers to three hits and two walks while striking out three in his most dominant start of the season. Hernandez will face the Braves in Atlanta when the Phillies return from the All-Star break.
  • Yadier Molina (thumb) had an MRI on his sprained right thumb last night to determine the severity of the injury. Molina will underwent tests Wednesday night, with the results being announced today. Once the extent of the injury is known, it will shed some light on how much time he will miss. Tony Cruz will start in Molina's place tonight and perhaps through the weekend. Molina suffered the sprain Wednesday on an awkward slide into third base.
  • Jered Weaver (back) is expected to make his next scheduled start Saturday against the Rangers. Weaver left early from his outing Monday against the Blue Jays with tightness in his lower back, but he played catch Tuesday and felt fine.
  • Carlos Rodon and the Chicago White Sox have agreed upon a deal for more than $6.45 million, pending a physical, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The third overall selection in the 2014 MLB Draft will be assigned to High-A Winston-Salem. He should be a fast-moving prospect who could be in Chicago at some point in 2015.
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals appear to be the most well positioned to land David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays in a trade. The Rays have been looking for top young position players in their discussions with teams, but suddenly the team has played better lately (the Rays have won 14 of their last 21), interested teams are noticing no urgency on the part of Tampa to make a trade. The Rays are just 8 1/2 games behind the Baltimore Orioles as play begins today. The American League East is the weakest in recent memory and the Rays feel that a strong second half can put them in contention to win the division. If the Rays do decide to make a deal, the Dodgers and Cardinals make the most sense because of their depth of prospects. The Rays have shown interest in the Dodgers top two position prospects, shortstop Corey Seager and outfielder Joc Pederson. Seager, one of the best prospects in baseball, is hitting .353 with 17 home runs and 66 RBI at Rancho Cucamonga, and Pederson is hitting .319 with 17 home runs and 42 RBI for Triple-A Albuquerque.

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