Daily Dose: Strasburg Stymied

Daily Dose: Strasburg Stymied
Nate Grimm recaps another Stephen Strasburg setback, a breakout for Josh Hamilton and Scott Feldman's absence in Saturday's Daily Dose.
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Wei-Yin Chen overcame some early troubles against the Rays on Saturday, eventually lasting seven innings while surrendering three runs on six hits.

There was talk of Chen being pushed back from this start with undisclosed soreness, but he was able to give it a go. He surrendered solitary runs in each of the first three innings and served up solo home runs to Steve Souza and Joey Butler in the second and third innings, respectively, before settling down to give the Orioles seven innings. The home run continues to be a dark shade on what's been a very good season--he's allowed 10 long balls in 61 2/3 innings. Homers aside, Chen is posting rock solid numbers across the board, with a 3.21 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 48/15 K/BB ratio. He's been the model of consistency this season, having allowed three or fewer earned runs in nine of his 10 starts. Assuming there's no setback with his injury, he'll face the Astros in his next outing.
May 30 - 6:17 PM

Rafael Betancourt left Saturday's game against the Phillies with an undisclosed injury.

Betancourt pitched to two batters in the eighth inning, allowing a home run to Cesar Hernandez and walking Ben Revere. He might be dealing with an illness. Left-hander Boone Logan entered the game in his place.
May 30 - 6:14 PM

Tim Beckham left Saturday's game against the Orioles with a right hamstring cramp.

Beckham pulled up lame on a groundout in the fifth inning. Nick Franklin pinch-hit for him in his next at-bat. The former No. 1 overall pick is day-to-day.
May 30 - 5:59 PM

Saturday's game between the Cubs and the Royals has been postponed due to rain.

The game will be made up on September 28. Yordano Ventura and Tsuyoshi Wada will have their starts pushed back to Sunday.
May 30 - 5:54 PM

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Yasiel Puig (hamstring) could begin a rehab assignment late next week.

He's been running at the team's spring training facility in Arizona. Puig was close to returning earlier this month but suffered a setback during a rehab assignment with High-A Rancho Cucamonga. He hasn't played with the Dodgers since April 24.
May 30 - 5:46 PM

Athletics recalled RHP Angel Castro from Triple-A Nashville.

The 32-year-old went 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA in a four-game stint with the A's earlier this season. He's done a nice job at Nashville, limiting opponents to a .203 batting average in 20 innings. A roster spot opened up for Castro when Oakland placed Sean Doolittle (shoulder) back on the disabled list.
May 30 - 5:34 PM

Athletics placed LHP Sean Doolittle (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list.

You could see the writing on the wall after Doolittle missed fielding practice on Saturday. His velocity was way down Wednesday and it's clear he's still battling a nagging shoulder injury. Oakland recalled RHP Angel Castro from Triple-A Nashville in the corresponding roster move.
May 30 - 5:30 PM

Brian Dozier delivered a go-ahead RBI triple in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Blue Jays.

With the score tied in the bottom of the seventh, Dozier drove a ball to the right-center field gap and Ezequiel Carrera came up empty-handed while attempting a diving catch, which allowed Aaron Hicks to score the go-ahead. Dozier finished the day 1-for-4 and is batting .247/.325/.500 with nine home runs, 25 RBI, and three stolen bases over 47 games this season. He's not stealing as many bases as fantasy owners expected, but the added power is making up for it.
May 30 - 5:14 PM
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