Hey, it's my second blog entry of the day! For those who haven't been paying attention, I'll be doubling up with baseball and football posts on Tuesdays and Fridays through the end of MLB's regular season, so on those days look for the football posts by 8 a.m. ET and baseball following by about 11.
Who needs Stephen Strasburg when you have Ross Detwiler? The Nats' lefty tossed seven shutout innings last night to raise our streaming starter record to 88-54. Today's pick is Toronto's Carlos Villanueva (owned in 11.7 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) against the Orioles, while Wednesday's selection is Atlanta's Mike Minor (10.6 percent owned) against the Rockies.
On to the news:
- Reds 1B Joey Votto played another Triple-A rehab game on Monday, but because that minor-league team's season is over, Votto is back with the Reds. When will he return to the lineup? I don't know, and neither does Dusty Baker, who said Monday: "We want him right. We have a bit of a luxury the way guys are playing now, where we don’t have to rush him back." Keep Votto on your bench until you actually see his name on a lineup card, and plan him getting occasional off days for a little while after that.
- Troy Tulowitzki's minor-league rehab assignment is expected to run through at least Friday, after which the Rockies will assess his progress.
- Braves C Brian McCann missed his second straight game on Monday after getting a weekend cortisone shot in his shoulder, and his status for tonight is TBD.
- Yankees 2B Robinson Cano isn't sure if he'll play tonight after injuring his hip on Monday.
- The Angels aren't sure if Jered Weaver will be able to make his Friday start. Weaver was hit in the shoulder by a Dustin Ackley line drive on Saturday.
- Did Kris Medlen sell his soul to the devil in order to become the world's greatest pitcher? Holy $#@!
- Why did rookie Phillippe Aumont get Monday's save for the Phillies? Because Jonathan Papelbon had pitched in four of the previous six games and warmed up in the other two, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. There's nothing to get excited about here, folks.
- The newest member of this month's six-man rotation club is the Miami Marlins. Zzz ...
- The Indians say that DH Russ Canzler (22 HR, .815 OPS at Triple A this season) will get plenty of at bats in September. AL-only owners, take note.
- The timetable for Huston Street's return to the Padres is uncertain after he suffered a setback while rehabbing his calf injury last week. Luke Gregerson blew last night's save for the Padres.
- Mariners OF Michael Saunders, who hasn't played since Friday, is day-to-day with a groin injury.
- Chris Carpenter might return for the Cardinals before the end of the season? Really? From a fantasy standpoint, unless you're in an NL-only league and might need to scramble for starters near the end of the month, you should probably pretend you never heard this news.
- I'll make my weekly appearance in the FOXSports.com fantasy baseball chat room today at 2 p.m. ET. Make sure to stop by and send questions!
See you back here tomorrow morning.