Daily Dose: Trouble for Trout

Daily Dose: Trouble for Trout
Dave Shovein examines the injury to Angels' superstar Mike Trout, a wild marathon affair between the Twins and Rays and much more in Monday's Dose.
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Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Nationals are among the teams who have interest in reliever Brad Hand.

This comes days after Lin reported that Hand is "drawing keen interest" around the league. It's no surprise that the Nationals are one of the teams in the mix, as they have an obvious need in their bullpen. They could end up acquiring multiple relievers by July 31. Hand, 27, has compiled a dominant 1.93 ERA and 36/11 K/BB ratio over 28 innings this season. He'll be arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter.
May 29 - 9:44 AM

The Twins are expected to call up right-hander Drew Rucinski, reports Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Rucinski has made one appearance with the big club this season and owns a 2.95 ERA and 21/3 K/BB ratio over 18 13/ innings in Triple-A. The 28-year-old figures to pitch in middle relief in his return to the majors.
May 29 - 9:29 AM

Phillies optioned RHP Zach Eflin to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Eflin was hammered for seven runs over five innings Sunday in a loss to the Reds and now owns a 6.13 ERA through eight starts this season. Nick Pivetta and Ben Lively are the most likely alternatives to take his spot in the rotation.
May 29 - 9:26 AM

Erasmo Ramirez will start against the Rangers on Monday despite saving Sunday's game against the Twins.

Well, that doesn't happen very often. The Rays were forced to use Ramirez in the 15th inning on Sunday, but he only threw 12 pitches and is confident he'll be ready to bounce back. "My arm feels good," said Ramirez. "I'm glad the inning was quick. I executed every pitch, and that gave me the chance to not just feel it that much. I told (manager Kevin) Cash my arm feels good just in case you want to continue with the plans. I want to start for sure."
May 29 - 9:12 AM

Nolan Reimold has retired from his playing career.

Reimold was playing with the independent Long Island Ducks where he batted .238/.359/.397 with two home runs and seven RBI over 19 games. The 33-year-old played almost his entire career with the Orioles and showed some promise early on before injuries got in the way. He walks away with a .246/.323/.422 batting line and 56 home runs over 480 games.
May 29 - 9:02 AM

Jameson Taillon (cancer) struck out six batters over three scoreless innings Sunday in his first rehab start with Double-A Altoona.

Taillon underwent surgery earlier this month to treat testicular cancer, but he was able to quickly return to game action. He was very sharp in his first rehab start, allowing just one hit and one walk while throwing 29 out of 47 pitches for strikes. Taillon should be ready to rejoin the Pirates' soon, but manager Clint Hurdle doesn't want to rush him. "We don't have expectations, and we want to take it slow with him so he doesn't feel any unneeded urgency," said Hurdle. "He needs to get right when he's right ... this is uncharted territory."
May 29 - 8:40 AM

Steven Matz (elbow) spun five perfect innings Sunday in his latest rehab start with Triple-A Las Vegas.

Matz fanned eight and walked none while throwing 50 out of 73 pitches for strikes. It was a very encouraging performance as he works his way back from a flexor strain which has kept him sidelined all season. The southpaw could be cleared to join the Mets' rotation as soon as this weekend against the Pirates at home.
Source: Mets.mlb.com
May 29 - 8:32 AM

Curtis Granderson went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI as the Mets topped the Pirates 7-2 in Pittsburgh on Sunday night.

Granderson also scored a run in the contest. His run-scoring single in the sixth inning plated Asdrubal Cabrera and increased the Mets' advantage to 6-1. While he had struggled mightily out of the leadoff spot entering play on Sunday, perhaps this was exactly the type of game Granderson needed to get back on track. He's now hitting .191/.265/.364 with four homers and 19 RBI.
May 28 - 11:27 PM
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