Another major prospect has arrived.
Finally convinced that he's ready for major league action, the Indians promoted 24-year-old infielder Jason Kipnis
from Triple-A Columbus on Thursday afternoon and plan to give him a sizable share of the starting second base gig down the stretch.
Kipnis was drafted as an outfielder and played left field for Single-A Mahoning Valley during his first professional season, but the Indians decided to convert him to second base last year and will keep him there as he moves to baseball's highest level.
Kipnis was batting .281/.363/.485 with 12 home runs and 54 RBI in 393 plate appearances for the Columbus Clippers. He also had 12 stolen bases in 13 attempts, along with a whopping nine triples. The former second-round pick is fast, has decent power for a second baseman, and should immediately be added in mixed fantasy leagues.
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* Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez
has been suffering from discomfort in his right wrist since crashing into the outfield wall at Coors Field in early July. He also had similar wrist problems at the end of the 2010 season. On Thursday afternoon, it all got worse.
CarGo pulled himself from the Rockies' 6-9 loss to the Braves after feeling sharp pain in his wrist on a fifth-inning swing. He was taken to a local Denver hospital for X-rays and an MRI. Both tests came up relatively clean, showing only inflammation and no noticeable structural damage, but there's a chance Gonzalez could be headed for the disabled list anyway due to the extended nature of the problem. The 25-year-old has hit .289/.358/.491 with 15 home runs, 16 stolen bases and 55 RBI in 384 plate appearances this season. His absence means more playing time for Dexter Fowler
and Ryan Spilborghs
* The Anthony Rizzo
Era has been put on hold temporarily out in San Diego.
Rizzo earned an early-June promotion to the major leagues after batting .365/.444/.715 with 16 home runs in 52 games with Triple-A Tucson. But he struggled mightily against big league pitching and was demoted back to the minors on Thursday afternoon having registered a measly .547 in 117 plate appearances. The Friars are sure to call him back before the 2011 season is through, but Rizzo may be a couple of years from making a fantasy impact. He can be dropped in redraft leagues.
In a corresponding roster move, the Padres recalled Kyle Blanks
from the Triple-A level and intend to start him at first base for the foreseeable future. Freshly recovered from Tommy John surgery, the big-bodied 24-year-old posted a .351/.421/.716 batting line, 11 home runs and 35 RBI in 34 games for Tucson. He could be a sneaky addition in deeper mixed fantasy formats.National League Quick Hits:
Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew
underwent surgery to repair his fractured right ankle on Thursday afternoon … Padres second baseman Orlando Hudson
had to be carted off the field Thursday after crashing into the wall while making a diving catch but suffered only minor injuries … The Brewers placed outfielder Carlos Gomez
on the disabled list with a broken clavicle … J.J. Putz
(elbow) could return to the back end of the Arizona bullpen by early next week … Albert Pujols
hit a two-run homer Thursday in the Cardinals' victory over the Mets … The Astros are not expected to trade outfielder Hunter Pence
at this year's July 31 deadline … Joe Blanton
has been sent back to Philadelphia to have his right elbow examined … Mets right-hander Jason Isringhausen
is drawing interest from the Reds, Cardinals and Diamondbacks … Dan Uggla
remains day-to-day with a calf injury … The Rockies have been fielding trade interest for pinch-hitting slugger Jason Giambi
… Pirates setup man Evan Meek
(shoulder) has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list … Tommy Hanson
allowed six runs in six innings Thursday against the Rockies … The Nationals released left-hander Matt Chico
and right-hander Chad Gaudin
… Jordan Schafer
is day-to-day with a jammed left middle finger … Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit
(ankle) has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment … The Phillies signed reliever Aaron Heilman
to a minor league contract … Cardinals shortstop Ryan Theriot
served his one-game suspension Thursday.American League Quick Hits:
Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez
had the stitches removed Thursday from his surgically-repaired right knee … Grady Sizemore
underwent abdominal surgery Thursday in Philadelphia to repair a sports hernia and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks … Rays right-hander James Shields
limited the Yankees to one run over seven-plus innings Thursday … Luke Scott
hit two homers and tallied six RBI in a rehab game Thursday at Double-A Bowie … The Rays have activated Wade Davis
from the disabled list to start Friday against the Royals … Fernando Rodney
is expected to return to the Angels' bullpen on Friday … Kyle Farnsworth
picked up his 19th save Thursday against the Yankees … Rafael Soriano
allowed a run and two hits Thursday in a rehab appearance with Single-A Tampa … The Tigers have been scouting Orioles right-hander Jeremy Guthrie
… Torii Hunter
is 1-for-25 since the All-Star break … Jason Kubel
has been activated from the disabled list and is expected to be in Friday's lineup … The Mainers optioned young infielder Kyle Seager
back to Triple-A Tacoma.