Miami Marlins Giancarlo Stanton finally begins to find his offensive groove and BAM, a swinging bunt leads to a blown hammy. The Marlins and Mets took a wild tie game into the 15th, but with one out in the 10th, Stanton hit a slow chopper in front of home plate and pulled up lame a few strides from first before going down in a sliding heap of pain. It doesn't look good as hamstring pulls or strains can linger for a while. We will keep you updated as we get more information. Stanton had 3 HR in his previous two games before an 0-for-5 performance and tonight’s early exit.
Update: Stanton placed on DL and No. 6 Prospect OF Marcell Ozuna called up from AA. Ozuna has been on a tear in the Southern League. Between April 22 and 28, Ozuna compiled a .367 average (11-30), adding 6 runs, 5 homers and 11 RBI in 7 games for the Suns.
Washington Nationals prized hurler Stephen Strasburg took a no decision tonight against the free-swinging Braves. Strasburg gave up 2 ER, 6 Hits and 4 BB while striking out 8. The Nats’ phenom now is sporting a “non-Strasburgean” 3.13 ERA and a 1-4 record on the year. But it was neither the decision nor stats that have the twitter feeds and beat writers scurrying-- rather, it was the post-game report from Skipper Davey Johnson that Stras’ is dealing with some forearm tightness after his start that created the most buzz. Strasburg has stated he does not intend to miss a start, but forearm tightness for a pitcher with a Tommy John surgery already under his belt is never a welcome thought. More news will be coming on this in the next few hours I am sure.
NL Hot Shots:
- Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was placed on the bereavement list but should make next start
- Kevin Gregg (so many G’s) secures his 4th save for the Cubs
- John Buck hit a jolt halfway up that weird thing in CF in Miami; it was his 9th HR
- Bobby Parnell blew a save for the Mets which led to Stanton getting hurt in extras
- Yuniesky Betancourt now has 5 HR and 20 RBI and is hitting cleanup for the Brewers-- the people hating are the ones who missed out on picking him up; ride it out while he’s hot
- Mat Latos threw 6 scoreless in a win over the Cardinals
- Justin Upton had 3 AB with RISP and plated just 1 run
- Wilin Rosario can mash, he added another HR to his total (7) and is batting above .340 on the year
- Dexter Fowler has 8 HR from the leadoff spot
- Mets SP Matt Harvey pitched well enough to win but didn't, yet he has yet to lose this year; he struck out 7 Fish and allowed only 1 ER through 5.1 IP in his second straight no-decision.
- Injury Notes: Pablo Sandoval left with elbow discomfort, he nearly missed the start of the year with elbow neuritis – Nolan Arenado swatted his first big league homer in the Rockies rout of the Dodgers, Rockies SP Tyler Chatwoodwas 3 for 4 at the dish. MIA 1B Joe Mahoney to DL P Brad Hand Replaces him on the roster
AL Hot Shots:
- Indians hurler Ubaldo Jimenez bounced back beating the Royals with 7 innings and only 3 hits allowed with 0 ER
- Michael Saunders hit one over the fence in his first game back, better than running into said fence
- Lucas Harrell held the Bronx Bombers at bay in Yankee Stadium snapping their road losing streak at 9
- Andy Pettitte was rocked for 7 ER by Houston
- Max Scherzer K’d 10 Twins and walked no one
- Athletics win again with Yoenis Cespedes back in lineup they are 93-49 with and 16-31 without Yo
- Ryan Raburn hit a pair of homers for the Tribe
- Brandon Moss hit 2 out of the Coliseum against the Angels
- Albert Pujols hit HR # 478 of his career.
- Injury Notes: Athletics SP Drew Straily lasted 4 2/3 and surrendered 6 ER to the Angels in a spot start which saw 4 players fall victim to injury Peter Bourjos (hammy) Coco Crisp (Hammy) Brett Anderson in relief (twisted ankle) Chris Young (Quad) –
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