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Daily Dose: Tatis Jr. Splits

by Nathan Grimm
Updated On: April 29, 2019, 2:00 am ET

The only thing Fernando Tatis Jr. can’t do is the splits, apparently.

The sensational 20-year-old exited Sunday’s game after hurting his hamstring stretching for a throw at second base. No news was immediately available regarding his outlook, with more to be known Monday after he slept on it.

“Hamstrings are funny things,” Padres manager Andy Green said afterward. “You never know. He might feel great tomorrow. It might take a long time.”

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Tatis isn’t expected to miss more than a few days at most. “His did not seem, however, to be the gait of someone who would be playing 24 hours later,” the story reads.

It sounds as though Tatis may have dodged a major bullet, at least, which is good news for the Padres and fantasy players. The shortstop has been as advertised through his first few weeks in the majors, batting .300/.360/.550 with six homers, 13 RBI, 14 runs scored and six steals through 27 games.

How long the Padres expect Tatis to be sidelined will likely determine their course of action going forward. If Tatis does hit the injured list, Luis Urias could be recalled from Triple-A to give them another everyday option at shortstop.

If they opt not to place him on the IL, they’ll likely try to get by with the recently promoted Ty France or the former third baseman Wil Myers at the hot corner, moving Manny Machado to shortstop as he did Sunday after Tatis exited. Myers at third would give the club the chance to get all of Franmil Reyes, Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe in the lineup.

Hopefully for everyone involved it’s a scenario that won’t matter for long.

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In New Role, Adams Delivers Heroics

In that same game, it was the hero who might be in for a larger role following an injury to one of his teammates in recent days.

Matt Adams, who hit a walk-off home run in the 11th inning Sunday to defeat the Padres, is looking at a longer stay in an everyday role after Ryan Zimmerman was placed on the 10-day injured list prior to Sunday’s game. Zimmerman has been battling plantar fasciitis in his right foot since earlier in the week.

“We’re going to get him treated and keep him off his feet for 10 days,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “It all depends on how quick he heals.”

What Adams does with that opportunity remains to be seen. The 30-year-old is batting .267/.261/.578 -- yes, he’s actually got a higher batting average than on-base percentage, due to having zero walks in 46 plate appearances -- with three homers in 23 games this year.

It’s a good spot to be, though, especially in place of the oft-injured Zimmerman. Adams started at first base and batted fifth Sunday, hitting behind Victor Robles, Brian Dozier, Juan Soto and Howie Kendrick, who was filling in for Anthony Rendon at third base.

While Adams is getting regular at-bats he’s worth a speculative add for fantasy players, given what he’s done in the past and the lineup around him. It doesn’t sound like Zimmerman will be out for long in this instance, but Adams could have some decent production in his stead.

 

Eloy Shelved with Ankle Sprain

A high ankle sprain will keep Eloy Jimenez on the sidelines for the near future as well.

Jimenez sprained his right ankle during Friday’s game against the Tigers, catching his foot on the outfield wall as he went to plant in an attempt to rob a home run. Jimenez was helped back to the dugout after the play and said Sunday that he “couldn’t even walk” on Saturday, but that he’s now able to walk. Jimenez was seen Sunday wearing a walking boot on his right foot.

“I feel lucky it wasn’t too bad,” Jimenez said. “It’s just (a) sprained ankle and it’s going to be good. It’s going to be all right.”

The team will re-evaluate the 22-year-old in two weeks, guaranteeing that his stay on the injured list won’t be an abbreviated one. High ankle sprains historically are worse than normal ankle sprains, meaning Jimenez could be sidelined for more than just a few weeks depending on the severity.

In the wake of signing a six-year, $43 million contract with the White Sox, Jimenez has hit .241/.294/.380 with three homers in his first 21 games. The outfielder was batting .319 on April 12 but was just 4-for-32 in the days leading up to the injury.

Unfortunately for the Sox, they, unlike the Nationals with Zimmerman and Adams, do not have a ready-made fill-in with Jimenez out. The team started Jose Rondon, listed as an infielder on the White Sox website, in left field on Sunday, and outfielders on the active roster include Ryan Cordell, Nicky Delmonico, Adam Engel and Leury Garcia.

It could be a long few weeks in left at Guaranteed Rate Field.

 

National League Quick Hits: Christian Yelich (back) is unlikely to return to the Brewers' starting lineup on Monday after exiting Sunday’s game with lower back discomfort. Brewers' manager Craig Counsell said after the game that Yelich's back grabbed at him while he was running the bases on Sunday. Fortunately, it doesn't sound like the injury is that severe and shouldn't require a trip to the injured list. Consider him day-to-day. … Robinson Cano had X-rays come back negative on his hand on Sunday after being struck by a pitch against the Brewers. That's the good news. The bad news -- for lack of a better term -- is that Cano's going to need his hand to subside swelling before they can do more testing and determine a diagnosis. Cano was hit in the first inning by a Gio Gonzalez offering, and it's the second time this year he's been injured in this regard. We should know more about his status on Monday. … Zach Eflin pitched his first complete game since 2016 in the Phillies' 5-1 defeat of the Marlins on Sunday. Eflin threw 107 pitches -- 77 of which were strikes -- in the crisp afternoon outing at Citizens Bank Park. He scattered seven hits and issued just one walk, with the only run allowed coming on an RBI single by Miguel Rojas in the top of the fourth inning. Eflin now has a 3.34 ERA and 26/5 K/BB ratio in 35 innings (six starts) this season. He'll get the Nationals in Philadelphia next time out. … Cody Bellinger blasted his 14th home run of the season on Sunday, powering the Dodgers to a 7-6 victory over the Pirates on Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles. The budding 23-year-old superstar is off to an unbelievable start to his 2019 season, slashing .427/.500/.913 with 14 homers and 36 RBI. He's tied with Christian Yelich for the MLB lead in home runs, while he leads all big league hitters in hits (42), batting average, runs scored (29), on-base percentage (.500) and slugging (.913). … Josh Donaldson crushed a go-ahead, three-run homer to lead the Braves to an 8-7 comeback win over the Rockies on Sunday. The 31-year-old veteran is hitting .263/.391/.505 with five homers, 20 runs scored and 13 RBI in 115 plate appearances. If he can stay healthy, he has a realistic chance to eclipse the 30-homer plateau this season. … Jack Flaherty threw seven shutout innings, and the Cardinals defeated the Reds 5-2 on Sunday. Flaherty was dominant on this day, yielding just four singles and a walk while fanning four. It was his best start of the year to date without a doubt, just the second time he’s even registered a quality start in six outings. After Sunday, his ERA sits at 4.06 with a 3-1 record and 36 strikeouts compared to six walks in 31 innings of work. That’s promising, and he’s trending in the right direction after a rough start to the year. A tough test awaits Friday when the Cardinals visit the Cubs at Wrigley Field. … Eduardo Escobar clobbered a pair of home runs on Sunday, but it wasn't enough to lead his team to victory over the Cubs. Escobar clubbed a solo homer off of Jose Quintana in the fourth inning, then victimized him again with a two-run bomb in the sixth inning that tied the game at 3-3. Escobar finished the night 2-for-6 plus a walk and is now hitting a robust .286/.367/.514 with five long balls and 17 RBI on the season. …  Braves acquired LHP Jerry Blevins from the Athletics for cash considerations. … Mets designated C Travis d'Arnaud for assignment. … Alex Reyes fractured his left pinky after he punched a wall following his start on Thursday for Triple-A Memphis. He's reportedly headed to Jupiter, and he'll pitch behind a screen for roughly three weeks. The good news -- if you want to call it that -- is that it's his non-throwing hand. Reyes, 24, has some of the best stuff of any pitcher in the minors, but he's really struggled with command, and he's made some silly decisions off the mound, too. This would qualify as the latter, for sure. At this point, it's very much up in the air if/when he'll rejoin the Cardinals.

 

American League Quick Hits: Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 with a two-run double, passing Barry Bonds on the career RBI list in the process, in the Angels' 7-3 win over the Royals on Sunday. Pujols came up in the first inning with the bases loaded and 1,995 career RBI to his name. That changed after he yanked a ground ball down the third base line to plate two, passing Bonds and moving into sole possession of third place. Since the statistic began being officially kept in 1920, only Alex Rodriguez and Hank Aaron now have more RBI than the 39-year-old Pujols. Pujols has four homers, 15 RBI and 10 runs scored to go with a .230/.330/.414 line through 26 games to date. … Reynaldo Lopez struck out a career-high 14 batters over six innings in a win over the Tigers on Sunday. Lopez allowed only one run (zero earned) on two hits. He walked three batters, but was virtually flawless in this one. He threw 63 of 105 pitches for strikes and generated an eye-popping 24 swinging strikes, including an absurd 17 on 69 fastballs. The 25-year-old righty has always possessed electric stuff, and shown flashes of immense fantasy potential in recent years, but was always too inconsistent to be a reliable mixed-league asset. With the victory, he improves to 2-3 with a 6.03 ERA, 1.69 WHIP and 39/17 K/BB ratio across six starts. He remains a risky fantasy option, outside of deeper mixed leagues, when he faces the Red Sox at home in his next start on Friday. … Orioles placed RHP Alex Cobb on the 10-day injured list retroactive to April 27 with a lumbar strain. Cobb heads to the injured list for the third time this year, all related to back issues. He allowed four runs over four innings to the Twins -- all of the runs coming on homers -- and hasn't looked good with a 10.95 ERA to begin the season. Don't be surprised if the Orioles are a little more precautious with the right-hander this time around. … Max Kepler homered for the third consecutive game on Sunday as the Twins defeated the Orioles 4-1 to complete a three-game series sweep. It was his seventh round-tripper of the season and fourth in his last three contests. He also doubled and scored a run in the third inning to record his seventh multi-hit effort in 21 games. The 26-year-old outfielder’s power surge isn’t surprising given the league-wide proliferation in over-the-fence power this year, but it’s elevated him from a rather pedestrian option at the position into a true upper-echelon fantasy asset. He’s hitting .274/.340/.571 with 15 runs scored and 16 RBI across 94 plate appearances and appears to be firmly entrenched atop the Twins formidable lineup. … Tyler Glasnow struck out nine batters while limiting the Red Sox to two runs over 6 2/3 innings in the Rays' 5-2 win on Sunday. Glasnow gave up a run-scoring sacrifice fly to Mitch Moreland in the bottom of the sixth inning and a solo homer to Michael Chavis in the bottom of the seventh, but he otherwise cruised and is now 5-0 on the season with a brilliant 1.75 ERA and 38/7 K/BB ratio in 36 innings this season. The breakout is happening. Up next for the 25-year-old right-hander is a favorable matchup against the Orioles.