Shine Wears Off SantanaWednesday, April 18, 2012
Mets left-hander Johan Santana yielded only two hits over five scoreless innings in his 2012 regular season debut. Next time out, he allowed just one run and fanned eight batters, again tossing five impressive frames.
But that trend did not continue Tuesday night.
Santana was shelled for six runs -- five earned -- before being pulled with one out in the second inning of the Mets’ 9-3 loss to the Braves. It was the shortest start of the 33-year-old lefty's career, and the first time since 2003 that he failed to record a strikeout in a big league appearance.
It’s not overly surprising that Santana hit a road bump. After all, he missed the entire 2011 season and is still trying to recapture some of the lost strength in his surgically-repaired throwing shoulder.
Fantasy owners who rushed out to grab Santana after tracking the positive results in his first two starts may want to go matchup-to-matchup with him going forward.
Diamondbacks Suffer Center-Field Scare
D'Backs center fielder Chris Young was lifted in the fourth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Pirates after banging his right shoulder on the outfield wall following a fantastic leaping catch. He was guided off by a team trainer, and was seen clutching the shoulder throughout his walk from the left-center field warning track to the Arizona dugout.
The D’Backs announced after their 5-4 loss to Pittsburgh that Young had been diagnosed with a contusion, but that might not be end of it. Young is also going to be run through a precautionary MRI exam on Wednesday morning to determine whether he suffered any type of structural damage. A sprain, or strain, or some kind of dislocation would surely mean a trip to the 15-day disabled list.
Young is off to a roaring start this year, batting .410/.500/.897 with five home runs, two stolen bases and 13 RBI through the Snakes’ first 11 games. If the 28-year-old is out for a significant period of time, look for 2011 Gold Glove winner Gerardo Parra to take over starting center field duties.
Indians Lose Their Shortstop Temporarily
Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was placed on MLB’s bereavement list Tuesday and excused from the team indefinitely to attend his grandfather’s funeral back in Venezuela.
"He was pretty shaken up about it," manager Manny Acta told the Akron Beacon Journal on Tuesday afternoon. "It was his grandpa, an important person in his life. It started in Kansas City, that's when he got very sick. He’ll probably miss the rest of the trip.”
That “trip” runs through Sunday, meaning Cabrera might not return to action until next Tuesday.
The 26-year-old is batting .282/.333/.513 with two home runs and three RBI in eight games this season. Jason Donald is expected to fill in at shortstop in Cabrera’s absence.
Nationals League Quick Hits: At 49 years and 150 days, Jamie Moyer became the oldest pitcher in MLB history to win a game Tuesday when the Rockies beat the Padres … Justin Upton underwent an MRI on his jammed left thumb Tuesday … Giants manager Bruce Bochy has confirmed that Santiago Casilla will get the first shot at save opportunities with Brian Wilson (elbow) sidelined … Matt Carpenter picked up his 11th RBI of the season Tuesday in the Cardinals’ walkoff win over the Reds … Dodgers closer Javy Guerra blew his first save of the year Tuesday in a loss to the Brewers … Hanley Ramirez slugged his third home run of 2012 in Tuesday’s defeat of the Cubs … Cardinals right-hander Kyle Lohse tossed seven shutout innings Tuesday in a no-decision against the Reds … Andre Ethier has the National League lead in RBI with 17 … Pirates starter Jeff Karstens was pulled from his Tuesday outing against the Diamondbacks with right shoulder inflammation … Heath Bell finally recorded his first save of the season Tuesday after failing in his first two tries … Cardinals utilityman Skip Schumaker (oblique) is expected to be ready early next week … Brad Lidge notched his second save of the season Tuesday against the Astros and will continue to share the Nationals’ ninth-inning role with Henry Rodriguez … A.J. Burnett is expected to join the Pirates’ rotation after one more rehab start … Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche already has 13 RBI -- matching his highest career total in the month of April.
American League Quick Hits: Playing first base, Mike Napoli blasted two of the Rangers’ six home runs in Tuesday’s drubbing of the Red Sox … Twins lefty Francisco Liriano was rocked again Tuesday, allowing five runs on seven hits to the Yankees … Twins starter Scott Baker underwent an unscheduled Tommy John reconstructive elbow procedure Tuesday in New York and is unlikely to be recovered by the start of the 2013 season … Yoenis Cespedes tallied his second stolen base of the year in Tuesday’s defeat of the Angels … Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-4 with an RBI on Tuesday, snapping an 0-for-21 skid … Orioles closer Jim Johnson is a perfect 5-for-5 in save opportunities this season … Adam Lind went 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBI on Tuesday as the Blue Jays topped the Rays … The Red Sox have ruled out surgery on Jacoby Ellsbury’s subluxed right shoulder … Twins outfielder Josh Willingham launched his fifth home run of the season Tuesday … The Royals have pushed Luke Hochevar's next scheduled start from Wednesday to Friday to due to a mild foot bruise … Mitch Moreland is day-to-day after having oral surgery for an abscessed front tooth on Monday … Mark Teixeira is day-to-day with flu-like symptoms … Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford (wrist) got four at-bats Tuesday afternoon in an extending spring training game … Newly-signed outfielder Johnny Damon expects to join the Indians’ active roster in a week ... Nolan Reimold is batting .351/.368/.757 with four home runs and five RBI in nine games.