MLB Power Rankings: Week 8

MLB Power Rankings: Week 8
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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

The Angels have promoted prospect outfielder Jo Adell to High-A Inland Empire.

It's a well-deserved promotion for the 2017 first-round pick. Adell mashed for Low-A Burlington to the tune of a .326/.398/.611 batting line with six homers and four steals over 25 games. The 19-year-old was ranked as the No. 46 prospect in the game by Baseball America back in January and he's done nothing to hurt that standing. He's one of the more exciting outfield prospects in the minors. Brandon Marsh, another promising outfield prospect for the Angels, was also recently promoted to High-A.
May 22 - 12:41 PM

Astros OF prospect Drew Ferguson went 3-for-4 with a run scored on Monday for Triple-A Fresno.

Ferguson also walked, and by reaching four times he raises his on-base percentage to a rather healthy .448 on the season. He's hitting for average, too (.329), and his .450 slugging percentage shows that he's making hard contact, as well. Ferguson has a line-drive stroke, and he's a stolen base threat with his above-average speed as well. It will be hard for him to find a ton of playing time as long as he's in the Houston system, but there's enough talent here for him to become a regular. He just might need a trade in order for it to become reality.
May 22 - 12:41 PM
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