Well, you knew it was just a matter of time before Mets third baseman David Wright got hurt, right? He was not in the lineup last night due to a jammed finger on his right hand. X-rays taken on the hand were negative, but he will miss tomorrow's game as well. He said he tried taking swings in batting practice yesterday, but felt too much pain.
Anthony McCarron tweeted the following last night, with an update on Wright:
Wright won't have surgery, Mets say, but will wear a splint. Obviously be out a while
I wondered why he would wear a splint till I saw this tweet from ESPN's Adam Rubin:
David Wright has small fracture at middle of finger.
The injuries just keep mounting for Wright. The Mets may use Justin Turner at third while Wright is out. No word that he will be placed on the DL yet. Could happen though.
The Nationals were expecting outfielder Michael Morse to return to their lineup on Thursday. That is until he took himself out of Monday's night's rehab assignment in the 7th inning. He had trouble throwing the ball to the shortstop from left field, and he is now shut down indefinitely. So much for a repeat of his 2011 breakout season.
More Roto Roundup after the jump:
Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier hit a game winning HR in the 8th inning yesterday and is now hitting .316-.381-.842 with 2 HRs and 9 RBI. If he stays healthy this season, he could put up a 30 HR, 95 RBI, .290 BA season.
Athletics starter Brett Anderson is progressing well in his rehab from Tommy John surgery. Here is Susan Slusser from the San Francisco Chronicle with an update, via twitter:
Brett Anderson threw his first full bullpen session, 45 pitches, threw everything and at full distance. He feels great.
I drafted Anderson in my AL-only keeper league on Saturday and am hoping he can return to being the pitcher he was prior to the surgery.
Red Sox starter Daniel Bard struggled a bit in his first major league start last night. He struck out 6 and walked one in his 5 innings of work, but gave up 5 runs on 8 hits. He might prove me wrong as he pitched pretty well for the most part. Here is a tweet from Ben Badler from Baseball America on Bard:
Bard's slider is filthy. Filthy. Problem is the Jays are sitting dead red and it's worked. Every hit's been off the fastball.
Blue Jays starter Kyle Drabek looked good for 5 innings last night vs the Red Sox, but lost his control in the 6th inning. He left after 5.1 innings, giving up one run on 3 hits, 3 walks and 4 strike outs. Drabek is another starter I drafted in my AL-Only league on Saturday for $1, with the chance that he breaks out this season. Not saying he will, but he was a highly ranked prospect just two short years ago.
Cardinals third baseman David Freese is picking up where he left off in the World Series last year as he homered again last night, and now has 3 HRs and 10 RBI on the season. I was not high on Freese coming into the season, but he is growing on me, and he could put up a solid season should he stay healthy and get 500 at bats this season.
Astros centerfielder Jordan Schafer went 3-5 with 2 runs scored and 3 stolen bases last night. He could be available in most deeper leagues, so if you are looking for some speed, grab him while he is hitting well.
Diamondbacks pitching prospect Trevor Bauer dominated in his second AA outing last night, throwing 5.2 shutout innings, giving up just 2 hits, walking 4 and striking out 11. A few more blow ups from Josh Collmenter will start the drum beating for the DBacks to call him up. He does not appear to be challenged by AA hitters at this point.
Rangers starter Neftali Feliz pitched a gem last night, shutting out the Mariners for 7 innings, giving up 4 hits, walking 2 and striking out 4 to win his first game of the season. Like I told Robert Bishop on twitter last night, I was down on him coming into the season, and I could be wrong on him. I'd like to see how he fares against a better lineup.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson brought in reliever Brad Lidge to pitch the 9th inning, a non-save situation, last night. Just another piece of information that leads me to think that Henry Rodriguez will get the majority of save chances in Washington with Drew Storen likely out for a few months.
Royals starter Danny Duffy won his first game of the season last night, shutting out the Athletics on one hit in 6 innings of work. He walked 4 and struck out 8 in the 7 inning, rain-shortened game.
Royals reliever Aaron Crow earned the save by pitching a scoreless inning last night, striking out 2 in the process. i wouldn't go out and grab Crow thinking he will get more save opportunities, as he was called to pitch the 7th inning in a game that was eventually called after 7 innings.