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 Posted: Fri Mar 28th, 2014 10:30 pm
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I am going to ne game this year...the Astros vs the Royals on April 17th and that's only because my son and his school choir are singing the national anthem before the game.



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clawmaster wrote: Kershaw now injured. Will miss his next start.


 

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is headed to the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his seven-year career because of a swollen muscle in his left upper back.

The move, which will be made Sunday, comes after Kershaw told manager Don Mattingly on Friday that he no longer felt pain in the area.

"I'm not going to get into specifics,'' Kershaw told reporters Saturday. "I can't pitch right now. It's frustrating. I've been hurt before where I knew when I'd be able to pitch. I'm getting better right now, just not fast enough. You don't feel like you're a part of the team when you're hurt. It's not a good feeling.''

Kershaw was gradually increasing the distance and velocity of his throws on Saturday when he felt a twinge on toss No. 27, Mattingly said.

"I think that once Clayton felt something, he knew that he wasn't going to make his start on Friday,'' Mattingly said. "With his throwing progression, the fact that he stopped right away is all we've asked of him from the beginning: 'If you feel it at all, you've got to stop.' And he stopped right away.''

The 26-year-old left-hander, coming off his second Cy Young Award in three years, already had been scratched from his scheduled start in San Diego on Sunday after an MRI revealed the problem. Kershaw was hoping to get back in the rotation for Friday's home opener against San Francisco.

"He felt it, and that was the last straw,'' Mattingly said. "So at that point, we knew we couldn't have gone any farther and that it was a DL situation. It's a situation -- not just for me, but for everyone -- that we've got to save Clayton from Clayton at this point and be cautious.

Mattingly said it was the coaching staff's decision to shut down Kershaw.

"We're not going to allow him to keep trying to push and go forward," he said. "If it was up to him, I'm sure he'd want to keep pushing to go further. ... We can't allow him to do that right now, period, at any time."

The move will be retroactive to March 23, and he will be eligible to return from the DL on April 7.

"This is not something that we say, 'OK, we think he'll be ready by this date' -- and if he doesn't get there, then it's like, 'Oh, Clayton's had a setback,' '' Mattingly said. "We should just let it do what it's supposed to do and let the medical staff do their work, let them tell us what he could do. And because of all the days off we have and the schedule we have, it's really not worth pushing him.''

It will not affect the rotation for games Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday against the Padres. The Dodgers get another day off Thursday before resuming play against the Giants. Hyun-Jin Ryu, the scheduled starter for Sunday night's game in San Diego, will take Kershaw's spot Friday, Mattingly said.

Ryu started and won the second game of the Australia trip, but tore a toenail while running the bases that day and wasn't sure he'd be able to fill in for Kershaw until after his side session Friday.

Kershaw has made 33 starts, has struck out at least 229 batters and has logged 227 2/3 innings or more in each of the last three seasons -- including a career-high 236 innings last year, when he finished 16-9 with an NL-best 232 strikeouts and a 1.83 ERA.

Kershaw led the majors in ERA for the third straight year, becoming the first pitcher to accomplish that feat since newly elected Hall of Famer Greg Maddux did it from 1993 to '95.

Kershaw, who signed a $215 million, seven-year contract on Jan. 15, won the Dodgers' season opener 3-1 against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia last weekend, allowing one run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Kershaw told ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne following the initial injury that he wasn't sure how it occurred, but dismissed the notion that it might be a result of the shortened spring training caused by the trip to Australia.

"I progressed well, my pitch count increased each time, so I don't think the shortened spring had anything to do with it," he said earlier this week.

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish threw off flat ground up to 100 feet on Saturday at Globe Life Park in Arlington and also threw 30 pitches off flat ground. He's scheduled to throw on Sunday, but it's unclear exactly what that will entail.

Darvish will officially go on the disabled list on Sunday. It will be backdated, so the first day he's eligible to come off it is April 5.

Saturday was the first time Darvish, who has been dealing with a stiff neck for more than a week, has thrown since trying to play catch on Monday.

Darvish was scratched from his Opening Day start after experiencing neck stiffness near the end of spring training. He thought it would go away after a few days, but it didn't and the decision was made to be sure everything was OK and then ramp him up again. An MRI on Wednesday showed no structural damage.

With Darvish out, Tanner Scheppers is getting the start on Monday. He's the first pitcher since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981 to make his first big league start on Opening Day. Scheppers was in the bullpen as a setup man last year before shifting to the rotation this season.

Darvish finished runner-up in the Cy Young balloting in 2014 and made 32 starts, pitching 209 2/3 innings. He also threw 191 1/3 innings in 2012, his first season.

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WASHINGTON -- The Nationals placed pitcher Doug Fister on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained muscle on the right side of his upper back.

The move is retroactive to March 23. The Nationals made the announcement in finalizing their opening day roster after their scheduled exhibition game against the Detroit Tigers was canceled because of rain.

Fister will be shut down for five days before resuming his rehabilitation. The right-hander, obtained in an offseason trade with Detroit, is expected to miss anywhere from three weeks to 30 days, manager Matt Williams said.

Taylor Jordan takes over the No. 5 spot in Washington's rotation.

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Why didnt the Reds open the.season? Don't they normally kick off the season?



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I’m really not sure what to expect from my Red Sox this year. Everything went right for them last year and that’s unlikely to happen 2 years in a row. I’m expecting big things from rookie SS Xander Boegarts this year both on offense and defense. One big question is how will Grady Sizemore do in CF after missing over 200 games the last 2 seasons. I think he’ll do OK but I fully expect to see Jackie Bradley Jr. back up with the big club at some point during the season. 



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cheapseats wrote: I am going to ne game this year...the Astros vs the Royals on April 17th and that's only because my son and his school choir are singing the national anthem before the game.

Let's hope they don't join Carl Lewis and Rosanne Barr on those Top 10 lists for " Worst Anthem Singers ". 



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 Posted: Mon Mar 31st, 2014 10:25 pm
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CanadianHorseman wrote: I’m really not sure what to expect from my Red Sox this year. Everything went right for them last year and that’s unlikely to happen 2 years in a row. I’m expecting big things from rookie SS Xander Boegarts this year both on offense and defense. One big question is how will Grady Sizemore do in CF after missing over 200 games the last 2 seasons. I think he’ll do OK but I fully expect to see Jackie Bradley Jr. back up with the big club at some point during the season. 

 

BALTIMORE -- Manager John Farrell made no predictions on how long the Boston Red Sox will be missing outfielder Shane Victorino, who was shown to have a Grade 1 strain of his right hamstring in an MRI administered Sunday and placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday.

"It's going to require some time down," Farrell said. "We'll have a better read on his potential availability, I would say, 7 to 10 days into the 15-day DL stint and see how he responds to treatment at that point. But the overall projected date of return is when he's ready to go. Whether that's 15 days or beyond, that remains to be seen."

A Grade 1 strain is the mildest of the three grades used to evaluate such an injury.

Rookie Jackie Bradley Jr. took Victorino's place on the roster after losing a spring training competition with Grady Sizemore for the starting job in center field. Bradley was not in the Opening Day lineup, which had Mike Carp in left field, Sizemore in center and Daniel Nava in right.

Carp was having dinner Sunday night when he was informed by Farrell in a text message that he would be in the Opening Day lineup. The manager said Carp was swinging the bat well at the end of spring training and gave the team another left-handed hitter in the lineup. He also preferred to have Jonny Gomes on the bench as a right-handed pinch hitter.

Bradley will get playing time in both center and right, Farrell said.

"With Vic out of the lineup, we're going to see a little bit of a rotation with all five of those outfielders," Farrell said. "That's where we currently are."

Victorino strained the hamstring in the final exhibition game Saturday. He said he felt the hamstring grab as he was rounding first following his third-inning double at JetBlue Park against the Twins.

"He'll be down here today, and whether or not he returns to Boston before we do to be with [medical services director] Dan Dyrek daily, that's still in the works," Farrell said. "What we want to do is maintain some constant treatment in a central site."

The injury occurred despite the Red Sox going to considerable lengths this spring to prepare Victorino in such a way as to avoid the hamstring, back and groin issues that limited him to 117 starts last season. He played in just nine exhibition games this spring, the Sox electing to delay his game activity while he stayed on the team's back fields working on conditioning and supervised baseball activity.

"Every piece of information that we have doesn't suggest there's something structurally wrong," Farrell said. "He's been banged up at times. He's been plagued by pulled muscles, and we're dealing with it again."

Victorino, 33, has dealt with core issues throughout his career. He went on the DL last May with a strained left hamstring and missed seven games last April with a lower back strain. Both the hamstring and back continued to be issues throughout the season but were managed sufficiently to allow Victorino to remain on the field, even though he eventually abandoned switch-hitting and batted right-handed almost exclusively the last two months of the season. Even that he turned into a positive, posting a .300/.386/.510 slash line while being hit by a pitch 11 times in 115 plate appearances batting right-handed against a right-handed pitcher.

He also appeared on the DL twice in 2011 (right hamstring, thumb), 2010 (oblique strain), 2008 (right calf) and 2007 (left calf). In December, he had surgery to release a nerve in his right thumb.

Victorino had proved to be one of the Red Sox's most valuable performers in 2013 after a disappointing 2012 season in which the Phillies traded him to the Dodgers at midseason and the Dodgers subsequently dealt for outfielder Carl Crawford, signaling to Victorino that his days in L.A. were numbered.

He responded with a .294/.351/.451 slash line in 122 games, batted .429 in the AL Division Series against the Rays and hit a grand slam that was decisive in Boston's Game 6, ALCS-clinching victory over the Tigers.

Victorino started fast for the Sox last season, with two hits and three RBIs in an 8-2 Opening Day win over the Yankees in New York, and had eight hits in the team's first four games.

"Vic will be missed," Farrell said, "but we've got good players ready to step in and contribute."

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Good news: Cliff Lee looks ready to pitch ten innings of shutout ball.

Bad news: Phils look ready to get him a 'no decision' for his ten innings of shutout ball.

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TORONTO -- The Blue Jays have placed closer Casey Janssen on the 15-day disabled list due to a strain in his left abdominal area and lower back.

Janssen, 4-1 with 34 saves and a 2.56 ERA last year, was limited at spring training because of shoulder soreness.

Right-hander Sergio Santos will assume the closer's role during Janssen's absence.

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos told reporters in a conference call Sunday that Janssen first felt the injury Friday night when he was warming up for an appearance against the Mets in Montreal.

He is eligible to return from the disabled list on April 13.

"We don't expect him to be out too long," Anthopoulos said, according to the National Post.

The 32-year-old right-hander allowed one earned run and four hits in three innings during three exhibition appearances.

Catcher Erik Kratz was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday, a day ahead of Toronto's opener at Tampa Bay. Kratz hit .400 in spring training and had been sent to minor league camp earlier in the week after losing the backup job to Josh Thole.

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Phils with 6 runs in the 2nd !!!!!!!!!!

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beejmi wrote: Phils with 6 runs in the 2nd !!!!!!!!!!

And there's your Phillies highlight for the 2014 season. :tongue:



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So far, the following have homered today.

Martinez - Tigers
Rollins - Phils
LaRoche - Nats
Brown - Mets

Just wondering, are we gonna have the home run pool again this year ?

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1-0 Rays over the Jays after one inning. Reyes has come out of the game because of injury.
Same old Jays.

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lobo316 wrote: 1-0 Rays over the Jays after one inning. Reyes has come out of the game because of injury.
Same old Jays.


 

3-0 after 2 for the Rays. Reyes' injury is being descibed as hamstring tightness.

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