Braves 2B Dan Uggla hit his 30th homer last night, making 2011 the fifth consecutive season in which he has reached that milestone. The first thing Uggla said during his postgame interview was, "Suck it, haters!" OK, maybe he didn't really say that, but he should have.
Erik Bedard ... eh. The "smart plays" are now 83-53 for the season, and today's picks are here.
On to the news:
- Jimmy Rollins threatened the job security of many beat writers and hastened my eventual obsolescence by using Twitter to break the news of his trip to the disabled list. The earliest Rollins can return from his groin pull is September 6, but we won't know his prognosis until that date gets a lot closer. Wilson Valdez will get most of the playing time in Rollins' absence.
- Rays OF B.J. Upton probably won't play tonight after suffering a right shoulder strain on Monday. The injury isn't thought to be serious, and Upton's didn't tweet any insights on it.
- Mets SS Jose Reyes is expected to begin a rehab assignment on Thursday, and could be back in the Mets' lineup as soon as Sunday. Get ready to activate Reyes in weekly transaction leagues.
- Stephen Strasburg whiffed six batters over three innings in last night's rehab outing. He'll pitch again on Saturday, and could rejoin the Nats' rotation in a couple of weeks. Teammate Jordan Zimmermann appears to have only two starts remaining, starting with tonight.
- Tigers C/DH Victor Martinez was a late scratch last night due to back spasms. V-Mart has a good chance to be back in there tonight.
- As feared over the weekend, Travis Hafner's foot injury has landed him on the DL. Teammate Grady Sizemore hopes to begin a rehab assignment by the end of next week.
- Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury (back) should return to the lineup tonight after missing three games, while DH David Ortiz (heel) looks to be out until at least Thursday.
- Braves OF Jose "I'm a Thorn in Jason Heyward's Side" Constanza could miss a couple of days due to a mild right ankle sprain.
- Speaking of the Braves, it's hard to throw six-and-a-third shutout innings while allowing 13 baserunners, but Jair Jurrjens did it last night. That's luck, not moxie.
- Expect Orioles 2B prospect Ryan Adams to get a long look in September. He's got some pop (10 HRs in Triple A).
- Rookie Alex White will make his first start for the Rockies tonight. White was one of the headliners in the Ubaldo Jimenez deal, and can be considered in NL-only leagues.
- Jordan Schafer batted leadoff in his first start for the Astros last night, and will be the team's regular center fielder. I hope Jason Bourgeois doesn't get the shaft in the wake of Schafer's arrival.
- Brewers OF Ryan Braun has picked up the stolen-base pace lately. Like he needed to get better.
- Didn't I tell you that Brandon Allen was going to help the A's?
- Kevin Correia (oblique) has joined Paul Maholm on the DL for the Pirates. Remember when this team was the season's feel-good story?
- Giants OF Carlos Beltran (hand) is eligible to be reactivated today, but his status is still up in the air. Don't play Beltran until you see his name in the lineup.
See you back here tomorrow morning.