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Back From the Break

Thursday, July 14, 2011


Here we are. The day after the slowest day in sports. No basketball, no football, no hockey, and despite being in the middle of baseball season, no actual baseball was played yesterday. Hopefully you made it through the night. Maybe you took a walk, or checked out a summer blockbuster. No matter - now it's time to get going again.

It won't be the longest Daily Dose you've ever seen, but our mandate is clear. Update you on all of the news that's fit to print (so we won't talk about Brian Wilson's tuxedo-shirt unitard thing). Let's take a look around the league.

* Mostly, the three days off allowed players to get healthy and get back into the lineup. Denard Span has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment, finally. Martin Prado got a hit and a walk in five plate appearances and looked good on defense. He's no longer a real second or third baseman, but those fantasy positions will enjoy his return (set for Friday) anyway.

Concussions suck. Lonnie Chisenhall, who has been the decent that was expected of him, will return from his sinus fracture on Thursday. Jason Bourgeois had his first rehab game and might have a couple more before moving up to Double- or Triple-A for a couple more games. Chris Coghlan has had two rehab games with High-A, but his return to the majors is not guaranteed with Mike Cameron playing decently in the bigs. Brandon Belt is in a similar position, as he's without a clear spot waiting for him in the majors, but he's getting healthy and has played well on his rehab so far.

* The news wasn't good for everyone. Carlos Gonzalez won't test his wrist until Friday, so you won't see him in your lineup on Thursday. There's some concern that the bruise will sap him of his power, but he's an all-around boon to any fantasy team and even doctors wouldn't be able to tell you with certainty about his power over the next month. Jake Peavy might be scratched from his next start, Sunday in Minnesota. He showed diminished velocity in his last start. None of this is really a surprise.

* Trade deadline rumors are heating up. The biggest name that dropped Wednesday was Ubaldo Jimenez, but the Rockies quickly put the kibosh on that rumor. Colby Rasmus' name has been floating around for a while, and was recently connected with Jeremy Hellickson in Tampa. The Cards seem like they might do that deal, but how much of an upgrade Rasmus is over B.J. Upton is unclear. These deals probably aren't happening. Breathless updates about Joakim Soria's no-trade list aside, actual rumors have been light surrounding the Royals closer. Carlos Beltran seems likely to be traded, and there are seven teams showing 'real interest,' but the Yankees say they won't be involved. Brian Wilson hinted that the Giants are involved, though.

Wilson Betemit! Yeah, he's not playing much and the Brewers already proved they are willing to trade with the Royals and are all-in on this year. They might even go get Jamey Carroll when he's made available. Maybe the Dodgers are still in it - they traded for Juan Rivera to play against lefties after all.

National League Quick Hits: Brewers manager Ron Roenicke says that Francisco Rodriguez and John Axford will share the closer's role, but there's no way that team can afford to let K-Rod finish 20 more games … Jaime Garcia signed a four-year, $27.5 million contract, but it was the two option years on the end that made it worthwhile for the team … Josh Johnson still has no timetable and isn't throwing … Clay Hensley is supposed to start next Monday against the Mets, which is strange because he's rehabbing from a shoulder strain and has mostly been a reliever over the past two years … The Braves shut down Kris Medlen for six weeks because of lingering soreness in his surgically-repaired elbow … Chien-Ming Wang will make a rehab start Thursday; Did you know that he had the same shoulder surgery that Johan Santana is currently trying to come back from?

American League Quick Hits: Brian Roberts (concussion) is scheduled to meet with a specialist Thursday since he's avoided strenuous activity so far … Rafael Soriano threw a bullpen and could go on rehab in the coming days … Mark Prior (groin) allowed one unearned run over two innings in a rehab appearance and topped out at 90 MPH on the gun … Jeanmar Gomez will come up from the minors to start Sunday for Mitch Talbot, who hit the DL with a back strain, but he's a wait-and-see … Tyson Ross had an MRI on his shoulder and there was no structural damage … Ryota Igarashi is back in the Mets pen but it will probably be Bobby Parnell with the first shot, or Jason IsringhausenScott Feldman is expected to be back Thursday to help the Rangers in the bullpen.


Eno Sarris is an editor and writer at FanGraphs.com. You can find his work gathered in one place at and enosarris.com. Follow his misadventures in writing on Twitter as well.
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