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Dose: Bundy Is Balling

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


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It took a little longer than expected, but Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy -- the fourth overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft -- officially has the look of a front-line fantasy starter.


Bundy was lights-out Tuesday night against the visiting Mariners, yielding just one hit -- a bunt single -- over nine scoreless frames for his first career shutout and first career complete game. He racked up a career-high 12 strikeouts and he now has three double-digit strikeout games this month. The last Orioles pitchers to register three double-digit strikeout games in an entire season were Erik Bedard (2007) and Mike Mussina (2000).


Bundy had some ugly outings in June and July, but he was great in April and into the early part of May and he’ll finish the month of August having posted a 2.00 ERA and 45/6 K/BB ratio in 36 frames. He’s throwing fewer fastballs and he has introduced a slider this year that gains better placement with each passing week. The results are real.


Bundy, 24, is a year younger than American League Rookie of the Year shoo-in Aaron Judge.


Next up for the red-hot righty is a September 3 start at home against the Blue Jays, who were shut out by Chris Sale and the Red Sox on Tuesday night in Toronto and rank 26th in runs scored this year.


Baltimore has won six straight and will wake up a game-and-a-half back of Minnesota for the second American League Wild Card spot. With the help of an emerging young ace.



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Disabled Dodgers Returning


As if the Dodgers, with their MLB-best 91-39 record, needed any more good fortune …


Cody Bellinger, a no-doubter for National League Rookie of the Year, hit a three-run homer in his one and only rehab game Tuesday night in the Arizona League and will be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday after missing exactly 10 days with a right ankle sprain. He’ll take back over as the Dodgers’ starting first baseman, with veteran Adrian Gonzalez shifting into more of a pinch-hitting, platoon-type role.


Bellinger has produced a tremendous .968 OPS with 34 home runs and 79 RBI over his first 101 major league games -- not bad for a guy who was drafted in just two percent of Yahoo leagues this spring. Look for him to return to the cleanup spot for the Dodgers on Wednesday versus the Diamondbacks.


Dodgers manager Dave Roberts also announced Tuesday that left-hander Alex Wood will return to the starting rotation this Sunday in San Diego, after missing two weeks with SC joint inflammation in his throwing shoulder. Wood was given a cortisone injection the day after he was placed on the disabled list and it seems to have done the trick. We’ll find out for sure after he throws bullpen sessions Wednesday and Friday. The 26-year-old had registered a terrific 14-1 record, 2.41 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 127/30 K/BB ratio through 123 1/3 innings (two relief appearances, 20 starts) this season with Los Angeles.


With staff ace Clayton Kershaw (back) due to return Friday, big-ticket deadline acquisition Yu Darvish lined up for one half of a doubleheader on Saturday, and Wood jumping in line for the series finale on Sunday, the Dodgers are about ready to unleash the full power of their juggernaut roster against a 58-74 Padres team. Look out.

 

 

Correa Coming Soon


The plan is set for Carlos Correa’s return from a seven-week stay on the disabled list. He played a full game at shortstop Tuesday night at Triple-A Fresno and he will do the same thing on Wednesday before taking a day of rest Thursday and then returning to the Astros’ active roster ahead of Friday night’s series opener against the Mets. That three-game weekend set will be played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida due to the catastrophic flooding in southeast Texas. It was originally scheduled to be played at Houston’s Minute Maid Park.


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Correa was in the midst of a sensational 2017 season when he suffered a torn ligament in his left thumb during an at-bat on July 17. The injury eventually required surgery and it could have some lasting effects on his offensive capabilities, but the 22-year-old shortstop will be a must-play down the stretch in all relevant fantasy leagues no matter those concerns.


He returns Friday to a .320/.400/.566 batting line, 20 homers, 67 RBI, and 64 runs scored.

 

 

National League Quick Hits: Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Giants have expressed interest in acquiring Tigers outfielder Justin Upton before the August 31 waiver deadline … Giancarlo Stanton ripped his 51st home run of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Nationals … Pirates reliever Juan Nicasio has been placed on irrevocable outright waivers … Scott Schebler launched a grand slam and tied a career high with five RBI in Tuesday's victory over the Mets … Noah Syndergaard (lat) is scheduled to throw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday … Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager is day-to-day with a sore right elbow … Trea Turner (wrist) had a double and a walk in five plate appearances Tuesday in his return from the disabled list … Luke Weaver notched 10 strikeouts for the second straight outing in the Cardinals’ win over the Brewers on Tuesday … Jon Lester (shoulder, lat) is scheduled to throw another bullpen session Wednesday … Buster Posey (thumb) was held out of the Giants’ starting lineup again on Tuesday night against the Padres … Nolan Arenado slugged a three-run homer as the Rockies topped the Tigers on Tuesday night in Colorado … Cubs closer Wade Davis allowed a single but completed a scoreless frame Tuesday against the Pirates to notch his 27th save of the season … Carlos Gonzalez (ankle) remained out of the Rockies’ starting lineup on Tuesday against the Tigers … Yadier Molina was scratched from the Cardinals’ starting lineup Tuesday in Milwaukee due to an abdominal injury … Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-4 with a homer and a pair of runs scored on Tuesday, powering the Diamondbacks to a victory over the Dodgers … Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that he expects Brandon Belt (concussion) to return this season … Brewers left-hander Brent Suter (shoulder) has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment and appears on track to be activated off the disabled list Friday … Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday that Stephen Drew may need season-ending surgery for an old injury … Wei-Yin Chen (elbow) threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings in his second rehab appearance Tuesday with High-A Jupiter … Dodgers left-hander Grant Dayton underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday.


American League Quick Hits: Royals starter Danny Duffy was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol on Sunday evening in Overland Park, Kansas … Mike Trout (neck) remained out of the Angels’ starting lineup Tuesday versus the Athletics … Manny Machado swatted a pair of solo home runs against the Mariners on Tuesday … Miguel Cabrera (back) was held out of the Tigers’ lineup Tuesday night at Coors Field … Shin-Soo Choo went 3-for-6 with a homer, four RBI, and three runs scored as the Rangers beat the Astros … Dustin Pedroia (knee) ran the bases Tuesday in Toronto … Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that "trade interest in Justin Verlander has increased this week … David Price (elbow) is scheduled to throw off a mound Wednesday for the first time since landing back on the disabled list in late July … Miguel Sano (shin) was scheduled to have a checkup with Twins team doctors on Tuesday night … Yankees left-hander Jordan Montgomery will be called up to start the second half of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Indians … Jackie Bradley (thumb) took early batting practice on Tuesday and is on track to be activated from the disabled list Saturday … Angels placed right-hander Bud Norris on the 10-day disabled list with right knee inflammation … Matt Andriese is in line to start for the Rays on Sunday against the White Sox … Athletics manager Bob Melvin said there is no timetable for Paul Blackburn's (hand) return from the disabled list … Jason Castro (concussion) has yet to resume baseball activities … Reynaldo Lopez (back) threw another successful bullpen session on Tuesday … Angels reliever Andrew Bailey (shoulder) is officially done for the season … Joe Nathan will announce his retirement in a press conference Friday at Target Field … Blue Jays released outfielder Nori Aoki.





Drew Silva is a baseball editor for Rotoworld and also contributes on NBC Sports' Hardball Talk. He can be found on Twitter.
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