Zack Greinke has been out of commission since failing to sidestep raging bull Carlos Quentin in his second start of the season. Oley! Greinke will never be a matador in Spain. What he could be however, is back in the Dodgers rotation sometime this week. Greinke threw a bullpen session Sunday and could be joining the rotation by Wednesday. You may be hurting for pitching but I think you may want to give him a start on the bench this week just to see what you have. He came back quickly from his collarbone fracture and may take a start or two to get back up to pre-injury form.
If you need pitching badly, however, it isn’t a bad gamble to take throwing him to the wolves.
Texas Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland has been quietly on an offensive hot streak. He has collected 14 hits in his last nine games with five multi-hit games in that span. Moreland is finally getting an everyday opportunity with the Rangers giving him his fair share of ABs versus left-handed pitching and he hasn’t been terrible, hitting .291/.345/.520 through 127 at-bats. Moreland has 6 HR, 14 RBI and has crossed the plate fourteen times.
Lanky Pale-hose starter Chris Sale posted a one hit shut out on Sunday versus the underachieving Angels. He got fresh and flirted with perfection and took it into the seventh. Mike Trout broke up the perfect game with one out in the seventh. Sale did not walk a batter and stuck out seven, he is now 4-2 on the year with a 2.87 ERA, 0.94 WHIP with 49 K in 56.3 IP.
NL Hot Shots:
- Russell Martin could be close to returning after being available off the bench Sunday
- Gio Gonzalez went seven strong in a no decision but Rafael Soriano gave up the winning runs in the 9th
- Heath Bell is still not to be trusted and David Hernandez will probably steal save chances this week
- Anthony Rizzo is richer after getting a seven-year, $41 million dollar contract thru 2020
- Troy Tulowitzki slammed his eigth homer of the year on Sunday
- Jorge de la Rosa nearly threw a no-no versus the Cardinals sunday
- Neil Walker will return to the lineup Monday - Jordy Mercer was a very nice stopgap and should be back once rosters expand or in case of an injury
- Didi Gregorious continues to hit for extra bases with a double and triple Sunday and his average is at .362
- Jason Grilli notched his 15th save of the season and looks like a very solid option in the ninth
AL Hot Shots:
- Austin Jackson has been placed on the 15 day DL, Avisail Garcia has been recalled
- Vidal Nuno will start game 2 of Monday’s doubleheader with Cleveland
- Jose Valverde suffered his first blown save Sunday against the Indians
- David Ross was placed on the 7-day DL with a concussion, Ryan Lavarnway was recalled to back up Saltalamaccia
- Desmond Jennings (groin) should return Tuesday for the Rays
- Coco Crisp could rejoin the A’s Wednesday, he’d been disabled due to a hamstring
- Wei-Yin Chen left Sunday’s start with an oblique injury and sounds like a DL stint is imminent
- Chris Davis now has 11 homers on the season but after a sizzling start has come back down to earth
- Mariano Rivera notched his 15th save of the season topping the Royals
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