MLB Power Rankings: Week 8

MLB Power Rankings: Week 8
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Mariners recalled 1B Daniel Vogelbach from Triple-A Tacoma.

Vogelbach opened the year with the Mariners, but hit just .204/.317.352 over 63 plate appearances before he was demoted. He takes the place of Dee Gordon on the active roster, as Gordon was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured big toe on his right foot. Vogelbach could see some starts at first base and DH while he's with the club.
May 22 - 1:59 PM

Mariners placed 2B Dee Gordon on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to May 21 with a fractured right great toe.

In place of Gordon, the Mariners are calling up Dan Vogelbach. It's just another in a long line of bad luck for Seattle, as the switch-hitting leadoff hitter had just made a switch to second base after the suspension of Robinson Cano for 80 games for testing positive for a masking agent. He was off to a strong start on the season, hitting .304 with 25 runs scored and an AL-leading 16 steals in 2018.
May 22 - 1:56 PM

Devin Mesoraco (elbow) won't be in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Marlins.

Not being in the starting lineup is the bad news. There is good news, however, in that Mesoraco is available off the bench today, and there was no structural damage suffered when Marlins third baseman Brian Anderson struck him in the left elbow on his backswing. Since coming over to the Mets from the Reds, Mesoraco has hit three homers over eight games to go along with a .933 OPS.
May 22 - 1:50 PM

Kevin Plawecki (hand) will begin a rehab assignment on Thursday for Triple-A Las Vegas.

Plawecki will be joined in Vegas by Hansel Robles, who will start a rehab assignment for a sprained right knee. The catcher has been out since April 13 because of a fractured hairline in his right hand, and the Mets recently acquired Devin Mesoraco in the Matt Harvey deal to help compensate for his loss. Assuming no setbacks he should be back near the end of May, and it will be interesting to see how New York splits Plawecki and Mesoraco's playing time going forward.
May 22 - 1:42 PM

Pirates promoted RHP Jesus Liranzo to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Liranzo was excellent for Double-A Altoona; throwing 12 scoreless innings over nine appearances with 18 strikeouts in that time frame. He'll touch triple-digits with his fastball, and the breaking ball is just good enough to keep hitters from sitting on the pitch. He has a chance to pitch for Pittsburgh at some point before the season ends.
May 22 - 1:23 PM

Pirates released RHP Tyler Jones.

Jones appeared in 12 games for Triple-A Indianapolis this year, posting a 5.40 ERA over 16 2/3 innings with a 17/7 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
May 22 - 1:13 PM

Jorge Polanco (suspended) can begin a 20-game rehab assignment in the minor leagues starting on June 12.

Polanco will be able to play 20 games at the minor league level -- essentially a spring training for the shortstop -- before being eligible to return to the Twins on July 2, assuming there are no cancelled games beforehand. The 25-year-old shortstop was suspended for testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug Stanozolol in March. He should return to being Minnesota's regular shortstop once eligible to play.
May 22 - 1:05 PM

Tim Lincecum (blister) allowed one run on two hits and a walk over two-plus innings of work in his latest rehab appearance with Triple-A Round Rock on Monday.

Lincecum allowed just a walk over his first two innings before allowing two hits to begin his third inning of work. The run scored after he was pulled from the game. Lincecum has reportedly topped out at 90 mph during his rehab stint and owns a shaky 6.48 ERA and 8/6 K/BB ratio over 8 1/3 innings. He's eligible to be activated from the 60-day disabled list, but he can stay on his rehab stint until June 6. That's the more realistic target at this time. Lincecum figures to join the Rangers' bullpen eventually, but expectations should be modest.
May 22 - 1:00 PM
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