Raise your hand if you spared no expense to get Ubaldo Jimenez in your AL-only league. Man, is he struggling. If the Yankees had traded for him only to get these results, the tabloids would have had a field day with their headlines. U-BAL-NO!
Wade LeBlanc was blah despite getting a win on Friday and Charlie Morton wasn't that great on Saturday, but the indomitable Cory Luebke gave us another terrific outing on Sunday. The "smart plays" are now 83-52 for the season; today's picks are here.
On to the news:
- The Giants have placed closer Brian Wilson on the DL with elbow inflammation. Wilson could be reactivated when eligible on August 31, but there are no guarantees. With Sergio Romo also on the DL, Jeremy Affeldt appears to be the leading candidate to close in Wilson's absence, even though he pitched the ninth and 10th innings of a tie game yesterday. Look at Affeldt as the leader of a committee for the next couple of weeks, and pick him up if you're scrambling for saves.
- In other Giants' news, Carlos Beltran might be activated on Tuesday ... but he might not. In a weekly league, the uncertainty would keep Beltran on my bench.
- In case you missed it, Alex Rodriguez is back in the Yankees' lineup after missing more than six weeks due to knee surgery.
- Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins will have an MRI today to determine how long he'll be out due to a strained right groin (ouch).
- Uh-oh. Frank Francisco was about to get a save opportunity for the Blue Jays yesterday, but felt soreness in his shoulder while warming up and couldn't make his appearance. Stay tuned.
- This story has some injury updates from the White Sox. Carlos Quentin's shoulder injury might keep him out until Friday, A.J. Pierzynski is targeting a September 2 return, and SP Philip Humber should be back around the same time after getting hit in the head by a line drive last Thursday.
- Here's an update on Mets SS Jose Reyes, who's not yet ready to return. I'll ask again: Would you pay this guy $120 million? I wouldn't.
- In other Mets' news, while Bobby Parnell is the most likely candidate to close games now, Jason Isringhausen could still get some chances.
- Twins jack-of-all-trades Mike Cuddyer is expected to return to the lineup tonight, while SP Nick Blackburn is headed to the DL with a forearm strain. Anthony Swarzak will take Blackburn's spot in the rotation, and is a moderately interesting AL-only target. Swarzak has a 3.12 ERA this season, but he doesn't strike anyone out.
- The Astros have sent rookie SP Jordan Lyles to the minors, and he'll pitch out of the bullpen when he returns in September. Lyles has a limit of about 170 innings, and the move to relief will make it easier to stay under the cap.
- The Yankees placed SP Freddy Garcia (finger) on the DL retroactive to August 8, and he's expected to start on Saturday.
- Pirates SP Paul Maholm is on the DL due to a shoulder strain, and there doesn't seem to be a target date for his return.
- The Angels recalled OF prospect Mike Trout on Friday, and he was in the lineup all weekend. It looks like they're going to give Trout regular playing time (or close to it) the rest of the way, with Bobby Abreu and Vernon Wells giving up playing time. Abreu sat twice over the weekend, with Wells on the bench once.
- Mariners SS Brendan Ryan is expected to come off the DL today.
- Twins OF Denard Span is back on the DL due to concussion symptoms. It's time to cut Span if you haven't already.
- Stephen Strasburg makes his next rehab start tonight in Hagerstown, Md. He could be a couple of weeks away from re-joining the Nats' rotation when Jordan Zimmermann gets shut down.
- Cardinals SS Rafael Furcal is day-to-day with a sprained right thumb.
- "Pirates extend Jose Tabata through 2016" is not on the top 100 list of things I expected to read this morning. I like Tabata, and the terms seem team-friendly, so I'm not criticizing the move. It's just a little weird to see it right now, if that makes any sense.
- Brewers SP Chris Narveson comes off the DL to start the opener of today's doubleheader against the Pirates at 5:05 p.m. ET. Set those lineups early.
- Dodgers SP Ted Lilly left his Saturday start due to a stiff neck. His status is TBD.
- Royals 3B Mike Moustakas, who has struggled for most of his rookie season, is eight for his last 16. Hmm ...
- Indians DH Travis Hafner could be headed to the DL with a foot injury. We should know more today.
- If you own Reds SP Mike Leake, watch out for an innings limit issue. He might not have more than five starts left.
- After yesterday's save, Braves' closer Craig Kimbrel has 39 saves, a 1.72 ERA, a 1.01 WHIP and 101 strikeouts in 62 2/3 innings. When I compile my 2012 draft rankings, Kimbrel is a lock to be my top closer.
See you back here tomorrow morning.