Congratulations to Nationals OF Bryce Harper on hitting his first major league home run last night. I missed it because I'm blacked out from watching Nats' games on MLB.tv in Charlotte, and I look forward to missing Harper's next 900 homers as well.
Jeff Niemann left last night's game after one inning due to a broken leg suffered when an Adam Lind grounder hit him. Niemann will miss at least 4-6 weeks, and probably longer, and he obviously didn't help us as last night's streaming starter pick. With the record at 29-13 for the season, tonight's pick is Dillon Gee (owned in 2.5 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) versus the Brewers, and Wednesday's selection is Detroit's Rick Porcello (7.6 percent owned) against the atrocious Twins.
On to the news:
- The Dodgers placed OF Matt Kemp on the DL due to his strained hamstring. It sounds like Kemp will be back when his 15 days are up, but stay tuned. Tony Gwynn Jr. started in center field last night for the Dodgers, but the Los Angeles Times reports that Andre Ethier and speedy Elian Herrera will get time there as well. NL-only owners might want to check out Herrera, who had nine stolen bases at Triple A before his recent callup.
- Why did Rafael Soriano get last night's save for the Yankees? Because David Robertson is dealing with an oblique injury. Robertson will have an MRI today.
- Addison Reed got last night's save for the White Sox. Manager Robin Ventura has talked about a closer committee, and Jesse Crain is about to come off the DL to enter the mix, but the bet here is that Reed will save 20 or 25 more games.
- Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki is day-to-day with a leg bruise, and probably won't play tonight.
- Angels OF Torii Hunter has been placed on the restricted list due to a family issue, and there's no timetable for his return. If you own Hunter, keep him out of your lineup until you hear news that suggests you should reinstate him. In the meantime, Mark Trumbo and Peter Bourjos should assume most of Hunter's playing time.
- Royals SP Danny Duffy has a torn ligament in his elbow, and is probably headed for Tommy John surgery. Ugh.
- A few hours after his manager said he'd remain the Mets' closer, Frank Francisco survived another rocky ninth inning that included two hits, a walk and a run. He's still got the job for now.
- Desmond Jennings' sprained knee has finally landed him on the DL. Matt Joyce started in left field last night for the Rays, with Luke Scott at DH.
- Nats' closer Henry Rodriguez got yanked after walking three batters last night. Manager Davey Johnson said later that Rodriguez would get today off, but is still his closer. Keep an eye on this one, since Rodriguez's control is, um, horrendous.
- Diamondbacks SS Stephen Drew, who hasn't played yet this season after undergoing ankle surgery in 2011, might begin a rehab assignment on Sunday. Once Drew begins his rehab, figure that he'll be two weeks away from rejoining the D-backs, barring any setbacks.
- Yankees SP Ivan Nova injured his ankle while fielding a ground ball last night, and his status for his next start is TBD.
- Question after reviewing the A's boxscore: What the %$#@! has gotten into Josh Reddick? Reddick has never hit more than 23 homers as a professional, but he slugged his ninth last night, and has 25 runs scored along with 20 RBI and four stolen bases. Reddick is still available in more than 40 percent of FOXSports.com leagues, and you should grab him if you can.
- Braves 1B Freddie Freeman left last night's game due to blurred vision. His status is TBD.
- Here's an update on Orioles OF Nolan Reimold, whose back isn't healing as quickly as the team hoped.
- Red Sox 3B Kevin Youkilis might be activated from the DL as soon as this week, which should result in some hysteria in Red Sox Nation if Will Middlebrooks gets sent to the minors. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
- Dodgers 3B Juan Uribe is on the DL with a sore wrist. Not that Uribe is very good, but with this team suffering from so many injuries, I wonder if it will shine a brighter light on how bad Dee Gordon is. One of Don Mattingly's excuses for Gordon has been that the team is doing fine as is, and that might not continue.
- Shin-Soo Choo is the Indians' new leadoff hitter. If he actually starts hitting as a result of this move, a lot of us will appreciate it.
- There's a good chance that 2B Rickie Weeks (hand) will return to the Brewers' lineup tonight.
- Justin Morneau (wrist) took batting practice yesterday. Morneau hopes to come off the DL on Wednesday, but I'll believe that when I see it.
- Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran was restricted to pinch-hitting duties last night due to a sore right knee, and the team is calling him day-to-day.
- I'll make my weekly appearance in the FOXSports.com fantasy chat room today at 2 p.m. ET. Make sure to stop by with your questions!
See you back here tomorrow morning.
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