Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez has elected to have surgery on his left shoulder and will need 4-6 months to recover from the surgery. I am staying away from Hanley in 2012 drafts, as his power has dropped over the last 3 years from 33 HRs in 2008 to 24 HRs in 2009 to 21 HRs in 2010 to 10 HRs this season.
Diamondbacks starter Ian Kennedy has put himself in the running for the NL Cy Young award race as he went into San Francisco last night and held the Giants to one run in 7 innings where he gave up just 5 hits, walked 2 and struck out 6. He is now 18-4 with a 2.96 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and a 167-51 K/BB rate in 194.1 innings pitched. September will be a crucial month for Kennedy, Roy Halladay and Clayton Kershaw in the NL Cy Young award race.
Marlins outfielder Mike Stanton left last night's game with an injury to his hamstring running out a grounder. Here is Joe Capozzi from the Palm Beach Post:
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#Marlins Mike Stanton left tonight's game with right hamstring tightness. He is day-to-day.
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Stanton owners hope this isn't a serious injury. Before he left last night's game, Stanton his his 32nd home run of the season.
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Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford went 2-5 with a HR and 4 RBI last night. His home run was a grand slam, but Crawford has seriously disappointed fantasy owners this season with his triple slash line of .252-.287-.403 with 11 HRs, 52 RBI and 17 SBs. He also only scored 55 runs this season hitting in the lower third of the powerful Red Sox lineup for most of the season. It will be interesting to see where he is drafted in 2012 drafts.
Brewers catcher George Kottaras hit for the cycle last night, going 4-5 with a HR, 2 runs and 2 RBI. I would be surprised if he was rostered in most mixed leagues, but he is probably rostered in the deeper NL-only leagues.
Angels first baseman Mark Trumbo went 2-5 with a grand slam and 4 RBI last night. On the season, he is hitting .256-.296-.480 with 25 HRs and 77 RBI and is a candidate for the AL Rookie of the Year award. I wonder what the Angels will do with Trumbo when Kendrys Morales returns in 2012, or rather, if he returns in 2012. If Morales is 100%, I imagine Trumbo could be moved into the Angels DH role. Surprisingly, Trumbo is hitting right handers better than left handers this season.
Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson is doing his best to improve upon his 2011 performance at the plate, as he is scorching hot right now. In his last 10 games, he is 19-42 with 3 HRs, 3 triples 2 doubles, 8 RBI, 3 SBs and has raised his BA to .259 from .242. He needs to work on his plate discipline to remain a leadoff hitter as he strikes out too much to lead off.