An Internet tragedy was averted yesterday when, a few hours after it had reportedly been shut down, Jose Canseco's Twitter account resumed entertaining us with the former slugger's weird tweets. If you're not in the Twitterverse, you should venture into it, if only for Canseco. Words don't accurately describe the hilarity it produces. Last week, he wrote that global warming would have saved the Titanic by melting icebergs.
Randy Wolf's solid outing raised the record for our streaming pitcher selections to 15-8. Today, let's go with R.A. Dickey (owned in 6.5 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) against the Marlins. Before his bad game against the Braves last Wednesday, the Mets' knuckleballer had thrown 14 consecutive quality starts.
On to the news:
- Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman might be headed to the DL. Zimmerman had an MRI on his injured shoulder on Tuesday, and manager Davey Johnson called the results "not real favorable." We should know more today, but plan to be without Zimmerman for at least a few days.
- The Phillies are optimistic that Ryan Howard (Achilles') will be able to resume baseball activities after being immobilized for one more week. If that's the case, Howard's target date for a return will probably be early June.
- To confirm something we noted here yesterday, Blue Jays' closer Sergio Santos (shoulder) is probably four weeks away from returning to action.
- Red Sox OF Carl Crawford isn't happy about the continued soreness in his left elbow, and will get a second opinion in the coming days. Hmm ...
- Don't get too excited about Pedro Strop's save last night. Strop is a nice handcuff, but handled the ninth inning for the Orioles because closer Jim Johnson was unavailable due to the flu. Johnson might be out tonight as well.
- In other O's news, 2B Robert Andino will miss tonight's game and possibly tomorrow's while attending the birth of his daughter in Miami.
- Yu Darvish shut out the Yankees for eight-and-a-third innings last night. Darvish is now 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA, a 1.58 WHIP due to too many walks in his first three starts, and 24 strikeouts in 26 innings. I can't believe that today's New York Post didn't go with EFF YU on its back cover.
- A's crafty lefty Tommy Milone threw eight shutout innings against the White Sox, and lowered his ERA to 2.00. Milone has great control, and 13 strikeouts in 27 innings. Nice story, but I think I saw this movie last year, when it starred Josh Tomlin.
- Indians OF Shin-Soo Choo is day-to-day with a hamstring injury. Choo left Tuesday's game in the eighth inning due to tightness in the hamstring, but it doesn't sound serious.
- Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez hit his first and second homers of the season last night. See what happens when you're patient during a player's slow start?
- Here's a link to this week's Fantasy 15 podcast with Mike Harmon and me. You can also review the transcript of my Tuesday chat if you weren't there for the live version. Go ahead and make it an all-Halpin fantasy baseball day.
- The Rockies and Pirates have a doubleheader today that begins at 12:35 p.m. ET, and there are four more afternoon games on the schedule. Set your lineups early.
- Henry Rodriguez got another save for the Nationals last night. Today is Brad Lidge's turn, as the Nats are alternating by day, not by save opportunity.
- Skip Schumaker was last night's starter in the Cardinals' three-man second-base carousel. Expect more juggling between Schumaker, Daniel Descalso and Tyler Greene.
- Speaking of the Cardinals, hang in there with Adam Wainwright. He pitched a good game last night, and his K/BB ratio looks a lot better than his 7.32 ERA. I got a lot of questions about Wainwright in this week's chat, and while I have doubts that he'll return to ace status this season - his velocity is still down, and Tommy John patients tend to have command issues for awhile - but he'll still be pretty good.
- Prospect Jarrod Parker will make his first start of the season today for the A's. AL-only owners, take note.
- Josh Johnson's owners finally got a good start last night. Let's see another one, Josh.
- Brewers SP Chris Narveson is done for the season due to a torn rotator cuff.
- Dodgers OF Juan Rivera is day-to-day with a strained hamstring. Don't expect Rivera to play tonight.
- Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa (Tommy John surgery) is getting close to a rehab assignment.
- Need speed? Cubs OF Tony Campana has stolen four bases over his last two games, and should get quality playing time in the wake of the Marlon Byrd trade. Campana had eight steals in 14 games at Triple A before his recent promotion, and is available in more than 99 percent of FOXSports.com leagues. I grabbed Campana this morning in a league that uses net stolen bases, because some of my colleagues apparently like to make things too complicated for my tiny brain to handle. I won't mention any names, though.
- Tim Hudson had a strong rehab start last night. Look for him to return to the Braves' rotation on Sunday.
- Scheduling note: I'll be taking a blog vacation day on Friday. Weekend streaming starter selections will appear in Thursday's post.
See you back here tomorrow morning.
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