Daily Dose: Bolstering the Pen

Daily Dose: Bolstering the Pen
Dave Shovein breaks down the Nationals' acquisition of Kelvin Herrera and Brandon Nimmo's big homecoming in Tuesday's Daily Dose.
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Marcus Stroman (shoulder) is expected to make his return from the disabled list this weekend against the Angels.

Stroman had his rehab start rained out Monday with Double-A New Hampshire, but he was still able to throw a simulated game, clearing the way for his return. It's unclear how far the Blue Jays plan to push him in his first start back. Given his struggles prior to his DL stint, it's understandable if fantasy owners decide to wait and see.
Jun 19 - 9:42 AM

Brayan Peña has announced his retirement.

George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press reported late last week that Pena would manage one of the Tigers' Gulf Coast League teams, so Peña took to Twitter to confirm that his playing career is indeed done. The 36-year-old played 12 seasons in the majors while batting .259/.299/.351 with 468 career hits and 23 homers. He made stops with the Royals, Braves, Reds, Cardinals, and Tigers. He spent all of last season with the Royals' Triple-A affiliate and failed to make the Tigers' Opening Day roster this spring, but he's now ready to make the next step in his career.
Jun 19 - 9:35 AM

Marcus Stroman's (shoulder) rehab start with Double-A New Hampshire on Monday was rained out.

It appears that the start might not be rescheduled, as Stroman wrote on Twitter late Monday night that his next start will be in the big leagues. Stroman allowed two runs over 4 1/3 innings in his first rehab outing with High-A Dunedin last Wednesday. He only got stretched out to 59 pitches, so he could be limited in his first start back. Stroman posted an ugly 7.71 ERA over seven starts to begin the year before going down with shoulder fatigue in early May.
Jun 19 - 8:55 AM

Mike Trout went 2-for-3 with two walks in a loss to the Diamondbacks on Monday.

Here's a fun stat, presented by ESPN's Jon Sciambi. There have been 12 games this year where Trout has reached four-or-more times in 2018. There have been 11 games this year where Trout has gone hitless. His on-base percentage rises to .464, and he's slugging a ridiculous .688 on the season. He's ridiculous.
Jun 19 - 1:47 AM

Nick Ahmed went 2-for-3 with a solo homer in a win over the Angels on Monday.

Ahmed also walked and scored another run in the victory. The homer was a solo blast that went off of Mike Trout's glove, and it gives the 28-year-old 10 on the season. The strong game ups Ahmed's line on the year to .227/.289/.431 over 67 games.
Jun 19 - 1:43 AM

Paul Goldschmidt went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts, but hit a two-run homer to help the Diamondbacks to a 7-4 victory over the Angels on Monday.

Goldschmidt also drew his 40th walk of the season. The homer was a two-run shot off of Jaime Barria, and it gives the first baseman 15 on the campaign. After a terrible start to the year, the walk and homer have his OPS up to .895 on the season. You can't take back the struggles, but you can appreciate just how good the perennial MVP candidate has been to get his numbers back to this level.
Jun 19 - 1:37 AM

Archie Bradley pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings against the Angels while picking up his third save of the season on Friday.

Bradley came in with the scored 7-4 in the bottom of the eighth and got Ian Kinsler, and he stayed in to retire the side in order to pick up the save. The former first-round pick lowers his ERA on the year to 2.29, and his WHIP drops down to 0.99 over 35 innings in 2018.
Jun 19 - 1:33 AM

Jaime Barria allowed six runs over four innings while taking a loss against the Diamondbacks on Monday.

Barria has been solid this year for the Angels, but he didn't have his normally crisp stuff in the loss to Arizona on Monday. The one positive was that he was able to strike out five while walking one, but he gave up two homers and was mostly ineffective. That'll happen for rookie starters; baseball is hard. Barria still has a solid 3.57 ERA, and he'll look to lower that in his next start on Sunday against the Blue Jays.
Jun 19 - 1:32 AM
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