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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Carlos Beltran was diagnosed with two small facial fractures after Wednesay's batting practice mishap.

Beltran had to be scratched from the Yankees' starting lineup on Wednesday night after ball that he hit ricocheted off the protective "L" screen and struck him in the face. "You don't expect that to happen when you're practicing," the veteran said late Wednesday. "I had a headache for the whole day. Now it's getting better. Hopefully tomorrow it will get better and I could be back soon."
Jul 10 - 12:19 PM

Jered Weaver (back) is expected to make his next scheduled start Saturday against the Rangers.

Weaver made an early departure from his outing Monday against the Blue Jays with tightness in his lower back, but he played catch Tuesday and felt fine. The right-hander owns a 3.50 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 93/33 K/BB ratio in 118 1/3 innings this season for the Angels.
Jul 10 - 11:29 AM

Astros third base prospect Rio Ruiz went 2-for-5 with two doubles and a walk for High-A Lancaster on Wednesday, raising his season line to .293/.387/.428.

Ruiz has been solid all year, hitting well both on the road (.296/.385/.402) and at home (.291/.390/.455), as well as against lefties (.307/.382/.364) and righties (.289/.389/.451). With top shortstop prospect Carlos Correa out for the season with an ankle injury and the promotions of George Springer, Jon Singleton, and Domingo Santana, Ruiz is currently the Astros' top hitting prospect in the minors. He is unlikely to reach the major leagues before 2016, but he could be a top 10 fantasy third baseman at his peak.
Jul 10 - 11:24 AM

Cubs outfield prospect Billy McKinney went 1-for-2 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch on Wednesday for High-A Daytona.

McKinney has gone 3-for-10 with two walks over his first four games since being traded away from the A's. He hit .241/.330/.400 with 12 doubles, two triples, and 10 home runs while playing for Stockton in the offense-friendly California League. It will be interesting to see how McKinney does in the in the more pitcher-friendly Carolina League.
Jul 10 - 11:14 AM

Ryan Braun (back) is in the Brewers' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon versus the Phillies.

Braun missed a couple of games with back spasms and is hitting fifth for Milwaukee in his return to action Thursday. He has only batted fifth three other times in his career. The last time he did was September 2008.
Jul 10 - 11:10 AM

Cardinals left-handed pitching prospect Tim Cooney tossed eight innings of one-run ball on Wednesday for Triple-A Memphis, scattering three hits while fanning eight.

Cooney projects as little more than a No. 5 starter, but he has done well in Triple-A, holding opposing batters to a .251/.320/.402 line with a 6.6 K/9 over 110 2/3 innings. Cooney has progressed consistently since he was selected in the third round out of Wake Forest in 2012, and he could see time in the majors later this year.
Jul 10 - 11:10 AM

Tom Wilhelmsen is making his first major league start on Thursday afternoon against the Twins.

The career reliever is not expected to last longer than a couple of innings in what will be a true bullpen game for Seattle. Wilhelmsen picked up a three-inning save at the end of June and threw two perfect frames on July 5 against the White Sox, so he's a decently-conditioned option for this type of outing. The 30-year-old right-hander owns a 2.49 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 40 strikeouts in 47 innings this season.
Jul 10 - 11:05 AM

Cliff Lee (elbow) allowed three earned runs over four innings Wednesday at High-A Clearwater.

Lee needed just 32 pitches to get through the first three frames, fanning two and inducing six groundouts. He then got knocked around in the fourth inning, but some of the blame goes to the High-A Clearwater defenders. The veteran left-hander is on track to return from the disabled list shortly after the All-Star beak. He has been out since mid-May because of a left elbow strain.
Jul 10 - 10:42 AM
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