MLB In Full Bloom - Braun's Big Day - 4/9/2014

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Ryan Braun had a day that fantasy owners dream of on Tuesday afternoon in Philadelphia as the Brewers ruined the Phillies home opener with a 10-4 victory at Citizens Bank Park. All Braun did was blast three home runs and knocked in seven RBI to back the Brewers in their victory. Braun's first home run came in the third inning and it was a three-run home run off of Kyle Kendrick. In the fourth inning, Braun hit a solo home run off of Kendrick. The third blast came in the eighth inning and it was a three-run home run off of Brad Lincoln. The blasts were the first three of his season, and the seven RBI in one game matched a club record set by Jonathan Lucroy. It appears that Braun's thumb is feeling just fine and for those fantasy owners that grabbed Braun in the first round of their draft are feeling much better about things after his slow start.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Josh Hamilton (thumb) had a x-ray on hisĀ  left thumb and it came back clean, however he'll undergo an MRI today. Hamilton was removed from Tuesday's game against the Mariners after he injured the thumb on a head-first slide into first base. Hamilton initially stayed in the game, but noticed soreness while on defense and had to be pinch-hit for in a big situation in the ninth. You never want to see a player dive into first base.
  • Corey Hart belted two home runs in Tuesday's 5-3 victory over the Angels. Hart's first homer on Tuesday night was a two-out blast in the third inning off Hector Santiago. Hart's solo seventh inning home run came against Fernando Salas and it was a line drive right bomb that Mike Trout just watched sail over the wall. Hart has been all or nothing at the plate as he has hit three homers and two singles in 22 at-bats for a .227 average and .636 slugging percentage.
  • James Paxton (lat) has been diagnosed with a left lat strain. Paxton suffered the injury while throwing a pitch in the sixth inning of Tuesday's start against the Angels. He'll be re-evaluated Wednesday, but a trip to the disabled list is certainly a possibility. A strained lat is an ailment that has sidelined pitchers for months in the past, but we'll just have to wait and see how serious Paxton's injury is later today.
  • Yasiel Puig thumb has been fitted for a split that will help him grip a bat. He was available only in an emergency situation for last night's game against the Tigers. Puig is telling the medical staff that it is still sore following the game. It's unlikely that he'll start today.
  • Adrian Beltre (squad) left Tuesday's game with a tight quad and will not play Wednesday. It is possible that he could miss even more time with a stint on the disabled list. Beltre was sent back to Texas for further tests on his quad.
  • Jose Abreu hit the first two home runs of his major league career Tuesday night in the White Sox win over the Rockies. Abreu drove in five runs and continues to hit the ball all over the yard to start the year. Abreu belted a three-run shot in the seventh inning and followed it up with a homer in his next at-bat. His power is as advertised, and Tuesday's display should just be the beginning for him.
  • Dan Haren posted his second quality start in two opportunities as a Dodger on Tuesday against the Tigers. He allowed just one run on three hits over six innings of a no-decision. He struck out four and walked one. Besides a second inning Austin Jackson solo homer, the Tigers didn't have any answers for Haren on Tuesday night. Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti and the Dodgers brass have to be feeling pretty good about their investment on Haren.
  • Matt Moore (elbow) was placed on the 15-day disabled list as his left elbow injury involves a UCL tear. This injury usually requires Tommy John surgery and Moore could need Tommy John Surgery. If the tear is small enough, Moore could rehab the injury and pitch through it, but he did schedule a visit with Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday after the team's MRI was inconclusive.

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.

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