Daily Dose: Cup of Joe

Daily Dose: Cup of Joe
Daniel E. Dobish checks out Adrian Beltre's rehab progress and lets you know who will man the Rangers' hot corner in Wednesday's Daily Dose.
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Brandon Nimmo (hamstring) had a double, two RBI, and three runs scored Wednesday in his first rehab game with High-A St. Lucie.

Nimmo strained his right hamstring back in early March while playing for Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic and then reaggravated the injury when he returned to Mets camp. But it looks like he's recovered now. The former first-round pick is likely to be stationed at Triple-A Las Vegas when the Mets activate him off the major league disabled list.
Apr 27 - 9:43 AM

Sean Manaea (shoulder) said it's possible he could make his next scheduled start.

Manaea was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Angels after experiencing shoulder tightness, but he's dealt with a similar issue in the past and it went away in a couple of days. There are no tests planned currently. We should know more once it comes time for him to throw his between-starts bullpen session. The young left-hander is currently lined up to face the Twins on the road next Tuesday.
Apr 27 - 9:05 AM

Luis Valbuena (hamstring) went 1-for-3 in his third rehab game Wednesday with High-A Inland Empire.

He is expected to play another 2-3 minor league games before joining the Angels' active roster. Valbuena was signed in January to a two-year, $15 million contract with an $8.5 million mutual option for 2019 but landed on the disabled list at the end of March after injuring his surgically-repaired right hamstring. He'll serve as Anaheim's regular first baseman once he's ready, further limiting the role of C.J. Cron.
Apr 27 - 8:56 AM

Matt Shoemaker held the A's to two runs over five innings to pick up his first win Wednesday.

It's the fourth time in five starts that Shoemaker has allowed exactly two runs, but this is the first time he's been sufficiently supported by the offense and bullpen. He still hasn't had any truly great outings and his one particularly ugly one is still taking a toll on his ERA, leaving him at 4.73. However, he should have mixed-league value going forward.
Apr 27 - 2:34 AM

Bud Norris pitched a perfect ninth against the A's for his third save Wednesday.

Norris got two strikeouts, both looking, in protecting the three-run lead tonight. He's 3-for-3 in saves since Cam Bedrosian went down.
Apr 27 - 2:32 AM

Cameron Maybin went 3-for-4 with three RBI against the A's on Wednesday.

A rare sign of life from an Angels left fielder. Maybin had just two RBI in 57 at-bats this season before knocking in three tonight. He's batting .230/.319/.311.
Apr 27 - 2:31 AM

Yunel Escobar went 0-for-5 against the A's on Wednesday, dropping his average to .236.

It's not going to matter much unless C.J. Cron or Jefry Marte can get hot, but Escobar should also be vulnerable to losing playing time when Luis Valbuena comes off the DL. His OBP stands at .292 at the moment, and it's not like he can make up for it with power or particularly strong defense. In fact, he made his fifth error tonight.
Apr 27 - 2:30 AM

Yonder Alonso went 2-for-4 with a homer Wednesday against the Angels.

We can't guarantee that Alonso is going to remain an effective offensive player, but we can pencil him in for double-digit homers for the first time in his career. His overhauled approach is leading to many more flyballs and many more strikeouts. So far, it's gotten him a .926 OPS.
Apr 27 - 2:28 AM
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