Handling the Hype Machine

Handling the Hype Machine
Tyler Lockett and Julius Thomas impressed at OTAs. Are they worth the hype? Jesse Pantuosco investigates in this week's Bump and Run.
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Jace Peterson smacked a solo homer in Tuesday's loss to the Indians.

He took closer Cody Allen deep in the ninth inning to cut the lead to two, but that's as close as the Braves would get. Peterson has taken over the second base job and leadoff spot since returning from the minors earlier this month, sporting a .333 average, two homers and a stolen base over 63 at-bats.
Jun 28 - 10:08 PM

Joel de la Cruz will make his major league debut against the Indians on Wednesday.

He'll start in place of the injured Aaron Blair. The 27-year-old hurler owns a troublesome 4.68 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 44/24 K/BB ratio over 57 2/3 innings at Triple-A. He isn't worth using in any fantasy formats, and should be stacked heavily against in daily leagues.
Jun 28 - 10:08 PM

Cole Hamels struck out seven across seven shutout frames in Tuesday's 7-1 victory over the Yankees.

All six base knocks were singles, and Hamels issued only one walk. The veteran left-hander has been on some kind of roll, dropping his ERA from 3.39 to 2.60 over his last five starts. Hamels now sports a nifty 102/38 K/BB ratio over 103 2/3 innings on the season. He'll go up against the Twins in each of his next two outings.
Jun 28 - 10:02 PM

Carlos Beltran (hanstring) is considered day-to-day after Tuesday's MRI came back clean.

The 39-year-old outfielder was forced to leave Tuesday's game after his first at-bat due to tightness in his right hamstring, the Yankees appeared to have dodged a bullet here though. He may sit out on Wednesday as a precautionary measure, but expect the hot-hitting Beltran back in the lineup by the weekend.
Jun 28 - 9:58 PM

CC Sabathia was charged with six runs over seven innings of work in Tuesday's loss to the Rangers.

Sabathia started the eighth inning having allowed just two runs. He exited the frame after yielding three hits and hitting a batter and all four came around to score. Sabathia has now been charged with 11 runs over his last two starts, although we might be inclined to put an asterisk next to this one since he was good for seven frames. He'll get the Padres on Sunday.
Jun 28 - 9:58 PM

Adrian Beltre went 3-for-5 with homer and three RBI in Tuesday's win over the Yankees.

Beltre got the scoring going with a two-run shot in the first inning. No one scored again until the eighth inning, but it was Beltre who drove in the next tally with a single. The longball was his first since June 3. Beltre has a seven-game hitting streak going.
Jun 28 - 9:53 PM

Yankees prospect right-hander James Kaprielian was diagnosed with a flexor tendon strain in his right elbow.

That certainly isn't encouraging news for one of the top prospects in the Yankees' system. He'll now visit Dr. Neal ElAttrache who will determine the next course of action. Kaprielian was the 16th overall selection by the Yankees in the 2015 draft.
Jun 28 - 9:31 PM

Twins general manager Terry Ryan announced Tuesday that Phil Hughes will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery on July 6.

The Twins had been hopeful that he would be able to return late in the season from a compression fracture above his left knee, but Hughes was also dealing with shoulder pain. Further evaluation showed he was dealing with thoracic outlet syndrome and he'll need to have a rib removed to alleviate the pain. He's expected to be ready to go for the start of the 2017 season.
Jun 28 - 8:50 PM
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