Injuries dominated Friday night's action as several prominent fantasy players were injured including Carl Crawford and Shaun Marcum. I wrote about Braves starter Tommy Hanson yesterday morning, and he ended up on the DL before Friday night's game. Crawford was diagnosed with a Grade 1 calf strain, a similar injury that landed Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter on the DL, so he could join Jeter on the DL. Marcum was diagnosed with a left hip flexor strain. He will be examined today, so we will know more later today.
Update (6/18-8:55am): Update on Marcum injury:
#Brewers are not reporting any injury to Marcum. Maybe they just didn't want to send him back out after a 44-pitch inning.
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Indians first baseman Matt LaPorta was pulled from the game last night with an ankle injury and will have an MRI today to determine if there is any ligament damage. Laporta had to be helped off the field after injuring the ankle in a rundown play.
More Roundup after the jump:
Orioles outfielders Nick Markakis and Adam Jones both had 4 hits last night, and first baseman Derrek Lee had 5 hits, but the Orioles only managed 4 runs against the Nationals last night. As a team, the Orioles had 18 hits and only scored 4 runs on the evening.
Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 2-3 with 2 RBIs and a SB on Friday night. Desmond has struggled in 2011, hitting just .240-.279-.340 with 3 HRs, 21 RBIs, 20 SBs and a 63-14 K/BB rate. I was listening to Inside Pitch on the MLB radio station and Jim Bowden suggested that the Nats send Desmond down to AAA to work on his hitting and to move him to second base. He feels that Danny Espinosa is the National's shortstop of the future. He also said he thinks the Nationals should move 2011 first round draft pick Anthony Rendon to second base with Ryan Zimmerman blocking him in the big leagues.
Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez could win the triple crown hitting in that lineup. AGonz went 3-4 with a HR, 3 runs and an RBI on Friday night. He is hitting .352-.408-.612 with 15 HRs an 62 RBIs thus far. We aren't even halfway through the season and he has 62 runs batted in.
Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind is doing his best to make 2010 look like a fluke season and is trying to best his 2009 season. Lind went 1-4 with a HR and 2 RBIs last night, and now has 15 HRs and 44 RBIs this season. He has homered in 4 straight games and 6 of his last 10, with 14 RBIs.
Rays pitching prospect Matthew Moore threw a no-hitter on Thursday night for AA Montgomery. He is 4-3 with a 2.43 ERA, 0.966 WHIP and 103 strikeouts in 77+ innings.
Reds outfielder Jonny Gomes went 2-3 last night, but one has to wonder how long he will be with the team going forward. Outfielder Chris Heisey is challenging him for the starting left fielder spot, and the Reds have prospect Yonder Alonso at AAA Louisville who is very close to being major league ready. If he doesn't get called up, he is an excellent trade candidate come July 31st.
The Marlins lost again last night and I have to think that a big change will happen soon, specifically firing manager Edwin Rodriguez. Maybe not, but the Marlins did send Chris Coghlan down to AAA yesterday. Coghlan was struggling at the plate hitting .230-.296-.368 with 5 HRs, 22 RBIs, 33 runs and 7 SBs. I have never been a fan of Coghlan, especially in the outfield.
Rays second baseman Sean Rodriguez went 2-4 with a HR and 4 RBIs last night to help the Rays beat the Marlins. Rodriguez has struggled this season, hitting just .216-.297-.417 with 3 HRs, 15 RBIs and 4 SBs.
Joe Mauer was activated off the DL on Friday and went 1-4 with an RBI and a run scored. I am curious if the Twins will play Mauer at first base with Justin Morneau on the DL. I think the move will happen sooner than the Twins had planned.
Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton went 4-5 with a HR and 3 RBIs last night and is hitting .302-.355-.511 with 5 HRs and 27 RBIs this season. Hamilton won't replicate his 2010 season, but I think he will go on a crazy hot streak at some point.
Mariners second base prospect Dustin Ackley went 1-4 in his major league debut. He played second base and batted 7th in the Mariners lineup, but I have to think that he will be moved up to the top of the order in the near future.
Mariners rookie pitcher Michael Pineda held the Phillies to one run in 6+ innings on Friday night. He gave up just 2 hits, 3 walks and struck out 5 to win his 7th game of the season. Pineda has to be the leading candidate for AL Rookie of the Year at this point, but Eric Hosmer may have something to say about that later in the year.
Diamondback starter Daniel Hudson threw a complete game 3 hitter last night, giving up just one run and striking out 5 in the process. Hudson is now 8-5 with a 3.56 ERA and a 2.61 FIP entering last night's start. Hudson and Ian Kennedy have formed a solid 1-2 in the Diamondbacks rotation this season.