Dose: Rubby's Elbow FailsWednesday, August 03, 2011
In the midst of one of the better stretches of a disappointing season for the Dodgers (seven wins in their last 10 games), the team ran into another frustrating pitching-related setback on Tuesday, as word surfaced that Rubby De La Rosa
will undergo Tommy John surgery.
Despite some control issues, the hard-throwing 22-year-old – who made the jump to the majors straight from Double-A – had posted a 3.71 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 60/31 K/BB in 60 2/3 innings this season, including a 2.57 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in his last six starts. However, chances are that he'll now miss the majority of the 2012 season, and potentially all of it.
In De La Rosa's absence, Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles reports that "there is some chance" the team could promote prospect Nathan Eovaldi
to start on Tuesday against the Phillies. The 21-year-old has posted a 2.62 ERA and 99/46 K/BB ratio in 103 innings at Double-A and would warrant a close look in NL-Only and keeper formats. Per beat writer Joe Haggerty, Terry Francona said that Clay Buchholz (back) has not been ruled out for the remainder of the season. However, the diagnosis of a stress fracture has been confirmed, and indications are that the right-hander's best shot of returning would be during the postseason, if at all. In other words, it should be safe to drop him in standard fantasy leagues if you haven't done so already.
Hanley Ramirez left Tuesday's game in the sixth inning with what appeared to have potentially been a separated left shoulder, but he was listed as day-to-day with only a sprain following the game. Ramirez may end up being sidelined until the weekend (or potentially a little bit longer), but it appears for the moment that he managed to avoid a significant injury.
Nats beat writer Mark Zuckerman reports that Stephen Strasburg (elbow) threw a 51-pitch simulated game Tuesday, and remains on course to begin a minor league rehab assignment next week. Assuming he doesn't have any setbacks, Strasburg could still return later this month or in early September.
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Pitcher injury notes: Johan Santana is scheduled to be examined by doctors on Thursday after feeling discomfort in his surgically-repaired shoulder, the latest reminder that he's not guaranteed to return this season … Josh Johnson (shoulder) is scheduled to resume his throwing program Wednesday as he attempts to make it back at some point before the season ends … Alex White (finger) will make four rehab starts at Double-A and could join the Colorado rotation in late August or early September … Justin Duchscherer, who was released by the Orioles Tuesday, will undergo hip surgery Thursday in hopes of returning in 2012 … Orioles beat writer Brittany Ghiroli reports that Jake Arrieta is likely done for the season due to a bone spur in his elbow … Dustin Moseley is headed for season-ending surgery on his left (non-pitching) shoulder.
Position player injury notes: Troy Tulowitzki is hoping to play Wednesday after leaving Tuesday's game with a right pinky injury … Adrian Beltre (hamstring) took BP on Tuesday as he targets a return in mid-August … Carlos Gonzalez (wrist) is on course to be activated as early as Saturday … Denard Span (concussion) went 0-for-3 with a walk and a steal in his first big league game since June 6 … Paul Konerko (knee, calf) is hoping to return Wednesday … Elvis Andrus (knee) and Nelson Cruz (quad) both returned to action, with Cruz picking up his 24th homer … Aramis Ramirez (quad) homered and drove in four in his return to the lineup … Charles Blackmon (foot) is believed to be done for the season … Marco Scutaro (head) didn't start Wednesday, but did enter the game defensively … Cliff Pennington (Bell's palsy) is expected to be held out until Thursday … Scott Rolen (shoulder) won't be ready to return when eligible on Friday … The Mariners placed Chone Figgins on the DL with a right hip flexor strain.
Miscellaneous notes: Jered Weaver received a six-game suspension, but should start Friday since he's planning to appeal … SI's Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees are expected to promote Jesus Montero in a couple of weeks … The Mariners have pushed back Michael Pineda's next start to Tuesday as they attempt to limit his innings … The Braves promoted pitching prospect Randall Delgado to Triple-A … Tommy Hunter is expected to start for the Orioles on Friday or Saturday … Carlos Carrasco is planning to drop the appeal of his six-game suspension after his start on Wednesday.
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Notable pitching: On the same day that Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News wrote that Phil Hughes could be moved to the bullpen, the right-hander threw six scoreless innings in a rain-shortened complete game win over the White Sox … Ervin Santana followed up his no-hitter with a complete-game win over the Twins … Hiroki Kuroda threw seven scoreless innings against the Padres to pick up his first win since July 1 … Homer Bailey held the anemic Astros to one run over eight innings … Kyle Kendrick shut out the Rockies for eight innings with seven strikeouts in Colorado … Kevin Correia gave up four homers and eight runs in two innings against the Cubs … Derek Lowe gave up seven earned runs in four innings after finishing July with a 5.86 ERA … Jason Isringhausen blew his first save since taking over as closer, though part of the damage was the result of a Justin Turner throwing error … Ricky Romero held the Rays to one hit (a Desmond Jennings solo homer) in eight innings … David Huff allowed just one unearned run over five innings against the Red Sox, but was demoted to Triple-A to make room for Ubaldo Jimenez.
Notable hitting: Jason Kipnis went deep for a third consecutive game … Mark Reynolds homered and drove in five to give him 24 homers and 60 RBI on the season … Brennan Boesch picked up his 16th homer and fifth steal … Alfonso Soriano homered twice, giving him four homers in his last four games … Omar Infante hit his second and third homers of the season … Rick Ankiel hit a grand slam, his third homer in the last two days against the Braves … Chris Davis homered for the first time since joining the Orioles … Paul Goldschmidt hit his first career homer, a two-run shot off Tim Lincecum.