Curtis Granderson suffered a fractured knuckle on his left pinkie finger after getting hit by a pitch in the fifth inning of Friday's contest against the Rays.
The Yankees haven't yet announced a timetable for how much time he may miss, but will comment further on his status after the game. It's a potentially devastating blow for Granderson who finally returned from the disabled list on May 14 after missing the start of the season with a fractured forearm from being hit by a pitch during spring training.
Anibal Sanchez twirled an absolute gem against the Twins on Friday, surrendering just one hit and three walks while striking out 12 over nine shutout innings.
He carried his no-hitter into the ninth inning, where a one-out single from Joe Mauer spoiled the memorable night. He was in complete command on the evening, at one point retiring 18 consecutive hitters. He was making a bid for his second career no-hitter, already having turned the feat against the Diamondbacks on September 6, 2006. Sanchez been absolutely dynamite for the Tigers and fantasy owners alike this season, compiling a 5-4 record, 2.38 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 80/17 K/BB ratio over his first 64 1/3 innings. He’ll look to follow up with an encore performance when he takes on the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
Don Kelly belted a two-run homer on Friday, providing more than enough support for Anibal Sanchez and helping to lead the Tigers to a 6-0 victory over the Twins.
The third inning blast off Samuel Deduno was his only hit in four trips to the plate on the night. Through his first 66 at-bats on the season, he’s hitting a paltry .197/.274/.348 with a pair of homers and six RBI. He shouldn’t be owned anywhere but the very deepest of AL-only leagues.
Aaron Hicks, and the majority of the Twins’ offense, went hitless against Anibal Sanchez in Friday’s loss to the Tigers.
Even though he’s picked up the pace offensively in recent weeks, Hicks is still hitting an incredibly disappointing .157/.242/.279 on the season with four homers, 16 RBI and four stolen bases. While he possesses exceptional talent and tools, he may be best served on benches in fantasy leagues until he can establish consistency at the plate.
Samuel Deduno was hammered by the Tigers in his season debut on Friday, surrendering six runs on nine hits over 5 1/3 innings of work.
Deduno also walked three and struck out two on the evening. While the Twins are starved for quality options in their starting rotation, perhaps Deduno may not be the optimal choice. Assuming he sticks around to make another start, he’ll do battle against the Brewers at home on Wednesday. He remains a non-factor in all fantasy leagues.
Chris Carpenter (shoulder, neck) threw a successful bullpen session on Friday.
The Cardinals are considering allowing Carpenter to throw to live hitters on Tuesday as the next step in his recovery. While he's far from a sure thing, it looks like he's making tangible progress toward joining the Cardinals' rotation. Assuming no setbacks, he could return around the end of June.
Curtis Granderson was removed from Friday's game against the Rays in the fifth inning after he was hit in the left hand by a pitch.
Granderson remained in the game to run for himself, but continued to flex and shake his hand. However, Ichiro Suzuki replaced him in right field in the bottom of the inning. He's likely heading for X-rays and the team should have an update on his status shortly.
Oscar Taveras (ankle) has been doing running and agility drills and is expected to return to the starting lineup at Triple-A Memphis on Sunday.
The Cardinals' top prospect has been sidelined since May 12 when he suffered the ankle injury while sliding into second base on a stolen base attempt. The Cardinals have opted to play it cautiously in with his recovery as to not risk further injury. He'll return to a stellar .311/.351/.480 line with four homers, 20 RBI and five steals through his first 31 games.