Nathan Grimm

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Daily Dose: Yo, Yoenis!

Friday, June 07, 2013

It took Yoenis Cespedes 146 major league games to register his first multi-homer contest.

It took him just two days to pick up his second.

After going deep twice in a loss to the Brewers on Tuesday, Cespedes wasted little time repeating the effort, hitting two more home runs as the A's beat the White Sox in extra innings Thursday. The blasts, solo shots in the fourth and sixth innings, gave Cespedes 13 homers on the year.

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There were high hopes for Cespedes this year after he posted a .292/.356/.505 in his rookie year, but a slow start and a strained muscle in his left hand held him back for much of April.

Since his return from the disabled list on April 28, though, the 27-year-old has hit 10 homers and driven in 28 runs in 37 games. The two-homer game on Thursday gave him 10 hits in his last 26 at-bats, helping him raise his average from .223 to .245 in that span. He may not be the Cuban phenom everyone's talking about these days (more on that later), but Cespedes is still plenty good in his own right.

Pool Cue

Everyone knows running at the pool can lead to injuries. Now, it seems running in the pool can deliver bad news as well.

Bryce Harper felt some swelling in his left knee after jogging lightly in the pool on Thursday, causing the outfielder to seek the opinion of Dr. James Andrews. Harper and Dr. Andrews will meet on Monday to have his knee examined. Harper injured the knee running into the outfield wall at Dodger Stadium on May 13.

At best, the injury is simply bursitis that hasn't yet responded to anti-inflammatories. At worst, Harper may need to have surgery to remove the bursa sac. Either way, the 20-year-old is still a few steps from being back in the Nationals' lineup.

"I'm not going to rush it. I'm going to take as much time as I can to get right," Harper said. "I want to get back in this lineup 100 percent. I don't want back in it at 80 percent."

Harper said he's going to attempt to stay off the knee as much as possible, so baseball activities are definitely out. And when he is ready to play at full speed, he'll certainly need a few rehab games before jumping back into the swing of things. When any of those will happen is anyone's guess at this point.

Feeling A Draft

Very few players in baseball history have had the distinction of being a top-10 selection in the MLB Draft.

Mark Appel has done it twice.

After being selected by the Pirates with the No. 8 pick last June and choosing to return to school, the Astros made the Stanford right-hander their first overall selection in the 2013 MLB Draft on Thursday night. In 14 starts this season with the Cardinal, Appel went 10-4 with a 2.12 ERA and 130 strikeouts in 106 1/3 innings.

Appel was followed by University of San Diego 3B Kris Bryant, University of Oklahoma RHP Jonathan Gray, St. Pius X HS RHP Kohl Stewart and Loganville (Ga.) HS OF Clint Frazier in the top five. In order, Bryant went to the Cubs; Gray to the Rockies; Stewart to the Twins; and Frazier to the Indians.

The first real surprise of the night came at No. 8, where the Royals selected Stephen F. Austin SS Hunter Dozier. Dozier wasn't listed as a first-rounder on many experts' boards, let alone a top-10 talent.

The pick made more sense when, with pick No. 34 in the competitive balance round, the Royals selected free-falling Indiana St. LHP Sean Manaea. Like what the Astros did in the early rounds of last year's draft, it is believed the Royals saved some money on their first pick in the interest of spreading the wealth. Whether the strategy was a sound one or not is for a later -- much, much later -- Daily Dose.

Other names of interest included University of North Carolina 3B Colin Moran, who got some run as a potential first overall pick before eventually landing with the Marlins at No. 6; University of Nevada RHP Braden Shipley, who slipped to the Diamondbacks at No. 15; and University of Arkansas RHP Ryne Stanek, who fell to the Rays at pick No. 29.

National League Quick Hits: Speaking of Yasiel Puig, the 22-year-old continued to grow his legend on Thursday. The outfielder hit a grand slam and is now hitting .438 with three homers in his first four games ... Not to be outdone, Shelby Miller hit a home run himself while also pitching six innings to pick up the win against the Diamondbacks. He owns a 1.91 ERA and 0.98 WHIP through 12 starts ... Hyun-Jin Ryu (foot) has been cleared to start for the Dodgers Friday against the Braves. Ryu carries an impressive 2.89 ERA into the start ... Stephen Strasburg (lat) is planning to throw a simulated game on Tuesday. The injury was originally thought to be serious, but if the session goes well he could miss just the minimum 15 days ... Cameron Maybin went 2-for-5 with two RBI, two stolen bases and a run scored in his first game off the DL on Thursday. The thefts were the speedster's first and second of the year ... Ross Detwiler (oblique) will make a rehab start at High-A Potomac on Saturday. Barring a setback, he should be activated in the second half of next week ... Tom Gorzelanny will make a spot start for the Brewers on Saturday. The team is without Marco Estrada (hamstring) for a start ... Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Carl Crawford's hamstring strain is "fairly significant" and that he'll likely miss more than 15 days. No word yet on how soon Yasiel Puig's clone will be ready for game action.

American League Quick Hits: David Ortiz walked off in style, hitting a three-run homer to beat the Rangers on Thursday. The blast raised his line to .325/.399/.624 ... Jake Peavy was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a non-displaced fracture in his rib cage. The right-hander will be shut down for 4-6 weeks before being re-evaluated ... Rangers manager Ron Washington said Chris McGuiness will see the majority of the playing time at first base in Mitch Moreland's absence. Moreland hit the DL on Thursday with a strained right hamstring. It could be a good opportunity for the reserve, who is worth an add in AL-only leagues ... Phil Hughes shut out the Mariners over seven innings, allowing just three hits and two walks. The maddeningly inconsistent right-hander has a 62/17 K/BB ratio through 65 2/3 innings ... Jarrod Dyson (ankle) began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Omaha. With Jeff Francoeur's struggles, Dyson could find his way into the lineup fairly frequently upon his return to the club next week.

Nathan Grimm is a baseball writer for Rotoworld. He can also be found on Twitter (@Nate_Grimm).
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