Remember Aroldis Chapman's speeding ticket from earlier this week? It turns out that he's gotten four of them in the last two years. Chapman is a really good pitcher, but maybe he should have defected from Cuba to become a NASCAR driver instead.
Carlos Zambrano got knocked around last night, dropping our streaming starter record to 32-19 for the season. Today's pick is Philip Humber (owned in 7 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) against the Twins, while Friday's is A.J. Burnett (4.5 percent owned) versus the Cubs. Burnett has allowed two or fewer runs in five of his six starts as a Pirate. Yes, I know he gave up 12 runs in the other start. Don't be a wet blanket, OK?
On to the news:
- Tigers OF Austin Jackson missed another game Wednesday due to his abdominal injury, and the team is likely to decide by Friday if he needs a DL stint. Since Jackson has missed a week already, a DL stay could be backdated, leaving him eligible to return next week. Quintin Berry, who was called up to start in Jackson's place and led off last night, had 19 steals in 39 Triple-A games this season. If Jackson goes on the DL, Berry might be able to help AL-only owners for a handful of games.
- What's that? Robin Ventura said Wednesday that Addison Reed is the White Sox' closer? I am shocked - shocked! - at this development.
- Ernesto Frieri got the save in the Angels' 11th-inning win yesterday, and game recaps from both the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Times hint that Frieri has become the team's de facto closer. Frieri has a crazy-high strikeout rate, with 37 whiffs in 20 1/3 innings this season, but it would be nice to see him get a traditional save sometime soon. I still suspect that the Angels would like to give the job back to Jordan Walden, who has nine consecutive scoreless appearances.
- In other Angels' news, it sounds like OF Torii Hunter will rejoin the team next week.
- Braves' catcher Brian McCann missed his second straight game on Wednesday due to flu-like symptoms. His status for tonight is TBD.
- The Nationals hope that OF Michael Morse will return before his June 8 target date. Morse is still available in 27.3 percent of FOXSports.com leagues, so see if you can grab him.
- Manny Ramirez, who went hitless in his latest Triple-A rehab game on Wednesday, might not join the A's on May 30 after all.
- Brewers SP Marco Estrada pitched only one inning last night because he injured a hip flexor while running the bases on a first-inning double. Can someone remind me why I should pay to see pitchers hit?
- Diamondbacks' pitching prospect Trevor Bauer struggled in his latest Triple-A start, walking five batters in five innings. Let this serve as a reminder that, whenever Bauer gets called up to the big leagues, there are likely to be bumps in the road before he becomes a stud.
- Adrian Gonzalez started in right field again yesterday, but Bobby Valentine doesn't sound eager to play him there when the Red Sox return to Fenway Park this weekend. Will Middlebrooks owners, take note.
- Astros OF Jordan Schafer missed Wednesday's game after having a toenail removed, but they're hoping he can play Friday.
- Indians 3B Jack Hannahan will probably return to the lineup this weekend.
- Cole De Vries will make his first major-league start tonight for the Twins. De Vries, P.J. Walters, Scott Diamond ... why are the Twins making me work so hard by letting all these no-name guys start? Anyway, you don't need to bother with De Vries.
- This article on the Padres' website makes me think that closer Huston Street is less than two weeks away from coming off the DL.
- Catcher Miguel Olivo is a few days from returning to the Mariners, and one possible roster move for them could be to cut Chone Figgins.
- Cardinals 1B/3B Matt Carpenter (oblique) is on the DL. Remember when they had too many players to fit into the lineup?
- I love that the Rays batted Carlos Pena leadoff and Drew Sutton cleanup last night. Sutton is eligible at shortstop in FOXSports.com leagues, and is an interesting AL-only pickup.
- Blue Jays 2B Kelly Johnson is day-to-day after leaving Wednesday's game with hamstring tightness. The Jays' website notes that Johnson has had nagging leg issues this season, so we'll need to keep a close eye on him.
See you back here tomorrow morning.
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