Daily Dose: Tanaka Torment

Daily Dose: Tanaka Torment
Drew Silva examines Masahiro Tanaka's right elbow troubles and praises two budding young infielders in Thursday's MLB Daily Dose.
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Billy Hamilton (hamstring) is not in the Reds' starting lineup on Thursday versus the Cubs.

Hamilton tweaked a lingering left hamstring injury in his final at-bat Wednesday night. The speedy center fielder expects to be good to go in a couple of days. Chris Heisey is playing center and leading off Thursday.
Jul 10 - 9:57 AM

Astros outfield prospect Teoscar Hernandez went 1-for-3 with a double, two walks, and a sacrifice fly for High-A Lancaster on Wednesday.

Hernandez is hitting .293/.378/.562 with 25 doubles, eight triples, and 16 home runs for the season, while also stealing 27 bases. He has the raw power to have 15-plus home runs while hitting .280 and playing an above-average center field, but is unlikely to reach the major leagues until late-2016.
Jul 10 - 9:53 AM

Angels shortstop prospect Jose Rondon went 4-for-5 with two triples, a walk, and a stolen base for High-A Inland Empire on Wednesday.

Rondon is hitting .327/.363/.421 in the California League in 2014. His lack of power and below-average pitch recognition may prevent him from being more than a utility infielder, but he is an above-average defensive shortstop and can make consistent contact.
Jul 10 - 9:40 AM

Rockies left-handed pitching prospect Kyle Freeland threw two scoreless innings for rookie-level Grand Junction on Wednesday.

Freeland, the eighth overall pick in the 2014 draft, scattered three singles while striking out two batters. The University of Evansville product has frontline potential, but could be moved to the bullpen if he is unable to succeed as a starter with his limited fastball/slider combination.
Jul 10 - 9:36 AM

Giants left-handed pitching prospect threw five shutout innings for Triple-A Fresno on Wednesday, scattering three hits and four walks.

Two of the three hits were doubles, and opposing batters are now hitting .288/.346/.480 off him for the season. Escobar has a solid 8.0 K/9, but his control is still an issue and he was lucky Wednesday to avoid allowing a run. He projects as a back-end rotation option for the Giants.
Jul 10 - 9:31 AM

Blue Jays outfield prospect Dalton Pompey went 2-for-4 with his first Double-A home run for Double-A New Hampshire on Wednesday.

Pompey has struggled in his introduction to Double-A pitching, putting up a brutal .083/.233/.139 line over his first 11 games. But the 21-year-old has been productive now in two straight. Pompey was hitting .319/.397/.471 for High-A Dunedin before his promotion. The primary knock on his game is that he may never develop power, but if he does, the speedy former 16th-rounder could become a special player.
Jul 10 - 9:17 AM

Cubs purchased the contract of RHP Kyle Hendricks from Triple-A Iowa.

Hendricks will make his major league debut on Thursday against the Reds. The 24-year-old right-hander has posted a decent 3.59 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 97/23 K/BB ratio in 102 2/3 innings this season at the Triple-A level and may be worth a try in NL-only fantasy leagues.
Jul 10 - 9:16 AM

Cubs optioned RHP Dallas Beeler to Triple-A Iowa.

Beeler allowed four runs over five innings in a loss to the Reds on Wednesday. The right-hander might get another shot after the All-Star break given the depleted depth of starting pitching in the Cubs' farm system.
Jul 10 - 9:13 AM
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