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 Posted: Mon May 23rd, 2016 04:49 am
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CINCINNATI -- The Seattle Mariners placed shortstop Ketel Marte on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb and recalled infielder Chris Taylor from Triple-A Tacoma before Sunday's game in Cincinnati.

Taylor, 25, hit .294 with two home runs and 14 RBIs over 39 games, 33 at shortstop, with Tacoma. Taylor played for Seattle in both 2014 and 2015, hitting a combined .239 with 10 RBIs in 84 games.

Marte, 22, left Saturday's game at Cincinnati in the bottom of the fifth inning after spraining his left thumb sliding into second base on a stolen base in the top of the fifth inning. In 40 games this season, Marte is hitting .276 with one home run and 14 RBIs.

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The Boston Red Sox will be without one of their most talented relievers for the remainder of 2016, as the club announced right-hander Carson Smith will undergo Tommy John surgery.

Smith, 26, will have his right ulnar collateral ligament repaired Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery by Dr. David Altchek, who also performed Tommy John surgery on Mets pitchers Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler.

Acquired from the Seattle Mariners last offseason, Smith battled elbow issues since spring training, suffering a flexor tendon strain in late March that sidelined him until May before returning to the disabled list with renewed elbow trouble last week after just three appearances.

In his three outings for the Red Sox, which were heavily spaced out, Smith didn't allow a run on a pair of hits and one walk.

Last year, Smith dazzled as a rookie in Seattle, crafting a 2.31 ERA with a 32.4 percent strikeout rate over 70 appearances, even notching 13 saves in 18 chances during a nine-week stint as the Mariners' closer.

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After allowing a career-high nine runs in the shortest outing of his career Thursday, when he was serenaded by boos from home fans as he limped off the field, New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey was given the option of skipping his next start.

No way, he said.

"Obviously it's frustrating being out there right now when you're not doing well and not helping the team," Harvey told ESPN's Adam Rubin on Monday. "As a teammate, your objective is to do everything you can to win games and help us succeed. And I wasn't doing that. So, obviously, they gave me an option to be skipped or whatnot and really try to figure things out. For me, taking time off isn't going to do anything. It's finding it on the mound.

"I'm not a quitter. I'm not going to just quit and put the ball down. It's a fight. It was good for me to do that."

Unwilling to concede, the beleaguered 27-year-old will try to get things back on track Tuesday in Washington against the team that pummeled him five nights ago, inflating his ERA to 5.77 - the eighth-worst among qualified starters - through nine starts in 2016.

"Nobody is more frustrated than him," manager Terry Collins said. "He said, 'I'm not backing away from this.' A lot of guys would have taken that out. He had a shot to. He could have said, 'I need to get away from this.' But he didn't. He just said, 'I've got to get back out there and I've got to pitch. That's the only way I'm going to get through this.' I thought that was the most impressive part of it."

Determined to break out of his funk, Harvey deviated from his usual between-starts routine, throwing on the main mound Saturday at Citi Field to enable team officials to use their TrackMan system to examine his mechanics - which, by his own estimation, are off.

"I think it does release point, it does arm slot, it does angle," Harvey said about the tracking system. "It does all that stuff. For me it was good that once I started feeling like I was throwing the ball correctly and comfortably, it was all the same. I think in my last 20 pitches I had a very consistent arm slot."

On Tuesday, the former All-Star - who, some have speculated, is suffering from an arm hangover after throwing 216 innings last year in his first season back from Tommy John surgery - will try to replicate those mechanical adjustments in his second straight matchup against Stephen Strasburg, another Tommy John guy (who, as agent Scott Boras noted last week, struggled for the first two months of 2015 before turning it around).

Related: Boras: Worried about Harvey? Look at Strasburg

"I understand and I know how poorly I'm doing. It's not even a comparison to anybody else," Harvey said. "It's a feeling that I don't have of throwing the ball correctly. It's kind of a weird funk. It's frustrating when you're going out there and I don't feel like I'm throwing the ball the way I'm supposed to and I'm getting knocked around. It's an unsettling feeling."

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DETROIT - It's not often a player gets benched after notching three hits in four at-bats.

In the seventh inning of Monday's eventual 5-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers, however, Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera was removed from the game for not running out a ground ball, manager Pete Mackanin explained.

"He didn't run," Mackanin told reporters, according to ESPN's Katie Strang. "One of the ingredients to our success to this point is the fact that these guys play with energy, they play hard, and we're training them to play the game the right way. And not running is not the right way. And that's why it's more important for me to set that tone than to take our best hitter out of the lineup."

Mackanin, the only manager Herrera has played for since debuting with the Phillies last year, said this wasn't an isolated incident, either.

"I've seen it in the past, and it's been trickling in," Mackanin said. "I just, I didn't like it, and I just made a decision."

After explaining his decision to the 24-year-old, Mackanin said Herrera understood his mistake.

''He was very matter-of-fact about it. He knows he should've run,'' he said. ''It was nice to see, as I was approaching Herrera, Ryan Howard walked up to him and told him to make sure he runs that stuff out.''

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Clayton Kershaw continues to amaze.

The left-hander was at it again Monday night, throwing a two-hit shutout against the Cincinnati Reds, striking out seven and walking only one in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 1-0 win. Kershaw faced only 29 batters, two more than the minimum.

The shutout was the 28-year-old's third of the season, matching his career high set in 2015, and we're not even through May.

Major league starting pitchers have thrown 11 shutouts this year. Clayton Kershaw has three of them. His ERA is now 1.48. He's pretty good.

— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 24, 2016
Kershaw improved to 7-1 with the win, mowing down the Reds in only two hours and 11 minutes. He has been nothing short of stupendous this month, winning all five of his starts, recording three shutouts, allowing only three earned runs, walking only two, and striking out a remarkable 55 in 42 innings.

Kershaw sub-2.00 stretch now up to 1115 innings

— Sam Miller (@SamMillerBP) May 24, 2016
There's Clayton Kershaw, and then everybody else.

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Miguel Cabrera looks to be back in form.

Hours after earning American League co-player of the week with teammate Cameron Maybin, Cabrera teed off against the Philadelphia Phillies, setting a milestone in the process.

Cabrera became the 62nd player in MLB history to reach the 500-double mark with a seventh-inning two-bagger off right-hander Colton Murray.

Congrats to @MiguelCabrera for getting his 500 career double from tonight's #tigers game. pic.twitter.com/5Gym4lf8l9

— Tigers Authentics (@DETAuthentics) May 24, 2016
Not only did Cabrera reach a milestone, but he also swatted two home runs in the contest off dominating Phillies starter Vince Velasquez, who has looked unhittable at times during the season.

Cabrera, who was hitting just .204 on April 24, has torn the cover off the ball since and is currently slashing .327 with an OPS of .989.

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The Baltimore Orioles have traded left-hander Brian Matusz and a competitive balance pick in the 2016 draft to the Atlanta Braves for minor-league pitchers Brandon Barker and Trevor Belicek.

Matusz was then designated for assignment by the Braves, which means the swap was made by Atlanta to solely acquire the draft pick (76th overall).

Atlanta will also assume all of the remaining salary left on Matusz's contract, which is around $3 million, Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.

Matusz, a former fourth overall draft choice in the 2008 draft, hasn't exactly lived up to the expectations of the selection during his time with Baltimore.

Across eight seasons with the Orioles, the 29-year-old owns a 27-41 record with an ERA of 4.85 during 279 appearances, 68 of which have been starts.

Barker, 23, was a 16th-round pick of the Braves in 2014, and is currently pitching at Double-A Mississippi. The right-hander owns a 2.00 ERA and 1.04 WHIP across nine appearances, eight of which are starts.

Belicek, also a 23-year-old former 16th-round draft choice of the Braves, is currently pitching at Double-A Mississippi. The left-hander was recently promoted to Double-A after a successful stint at Single-A, posting a 3-0 record with a 2.49 ERA in 11 games.

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The Texas Rangers' busy day of transactions continued Monday when they recalled top prospect Joey Gallo from Triple-A Round Rock.

Gallo's promotion comes on the heels of announcements regarding Josh Hamilton's season-ending knee surgery and Shin-Soo Choo's return to the disabled list, as well as Yu Darvish's 2016 debut.

Texas made the move for Gallo after placing outfielder Drew Stubbs on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained toe.

Gallo, who has experience as both an outfielder and third baseman, has been taking ground balls at first base in the minors and could provide Texas with production in place of the struggling Mitch Moreland.

The 22-year-old, former first-round draft choice, made his MLB debut last season for the Rangers, but struggled to a .204/.301/.417 slash line with 57 strikeouts in 123 plate appearances.

Prior to his recent call-up, Gallo was hitting .265/.415/.639 with eight home runs, 20 RBIs, and 24 strikeouts in 106 plate appearances at Triple-A.

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The family of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the tobacco industry Monday.

The suit claims the San Diego Padres great was manipulated into developing an addiction to smokeless tobacco, which the family believes caused his death in 2014 after he developed salivary gland cancer, according to Tyler Kepner of the New York Times.

The suit didn't specify damages and requests a jury trial on grounds of negligence, product liability, and fraud. It was filed in San Diego Superior Court against Altria Group, Inc. - formerly known as Philip Morris - and several other defendants.

Gwynn's family suggests Tony was a victim of a marketing scheme to get him addicted to smokeless tobacco while he was in college, with the hope that he would in turn promote the product to African-Americans who looked up to him.

"Now that the family understands how he was targeted, they understand that the industry knew they had this highly carcinogenic product and they were marketing it to people like Tony," said David S. Casey, the lead lawyer for the plaintiffs. "They want to hold them accountable and let a jury make a decision as to what is proper in this case."

Gwynn used one-and-a-half to two cans of smokeless tobacco per day from 1977 to 2008, which the suit says was the equivalent of smoking four to five packs of cigarettes every day.

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Outfielder Josh Hamilton will undergo left knee surgery and will miss the 2016 season, the Texas Rangers announced Monday.

Hamilton, already on the 60-day disabled list, has not played yet this season because of his knee, but the Rangers had initially expected him to return this season. Instead, Hamilton, 35, will have what will be his third surgery on the knee on June 8.

"It's not totally unexpected because of the sheer number of procedures he's had on the knee and the lack of relief that he's had," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "It's not a surprise at this point.''

Daniels said that Hamilton expects to be back on the field in 2017, which will be the final year of his five-year, $125 million contract.

"His mindset is he will," Daniels said. "He is very convicted."

Despite the hefty price tag, the Rangers are picking up only a small portion of the tab after they took Hamilton off the Los Angeles Angels' hands last year in a trade.

Since his return to Texas, Hamilton has only 170 regular-season plate appearances and has hit just eight home runs.

News of Hamilton's lost year came on the same day the Rangers announced that outfielder Shin-Soo Choo is headed back to the disabled list after suffering an injury in his first game back Friday.

Choo has a strained left hamstring after previously rehabbing a strained right calf.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- When Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas collided while chasing a foul ball on Sunday, the Kansas City Royals gasped at the prospects of losing two All-Stars on one play.

A day later, the news could have been much worse.

Gordon was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday with a fractured right wrist, but he will not need surgery. Moustakas was held out of the series opener in Minnesota -- he is considered day-to-day with a bruised knee.

The break in the scaphoid in Gordon's wrist was non-displaced. He is expected to miss three to four weeks.

"That hurts," manager Ned Yost said. "But we feel like we have enough to cover that."

The All-Stars were injured in a loss to the White Sox in Chicago on Sunday when they slammed into each other while chasing after a fly ball in foul territory.

The Royals recalled infielder Cheslor Cuthbert to take Gordon's place on the roster.

Gordon has struggled this season, hitting just .211 with four home runs and 10 RBIs for the defending champions, who started the day in third place in the AL Central.

Jarrod Dyson started in Gordon's place in left field on Monday against the Twins, and Yost also can use Whit Merrifield there as well.

Merrifield was in the lineup at third base for Moustakas on Monday night.

Moustakas went out and tested the knee in pregame warmups but felt some discomfort and was held out.

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Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Ryan Vogelsong left PNC Park in an ambulance Monday after being struck in the head by a pitch.

The Pirates said after Monday's game that the pitcher has a left eye injury, including the orbital bone around it. He was admitted to Allegheny General Hospital, and no further updates will be available until Tuesday.

Batting with the bases loaded in the bottom of the second, Vogelsong had an 0-2 count when a 92 mph fastball from Colorado Rockies right-hander Jordan Lyles rode up and appeared to strike Vogelsong's head under his visor.

Vogelsong fell to the ground and stayed there until he was attended to by Pittsburgh head athletic trainer Todd Tomcyzk. It was not clear whether Vogelsong ever lost consciousness. The Pirates' trainer finally got him into a seated position with a towel held to his left eye. There appeared to be blood coming from his nose.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review posted a photo that appears to show Vogelsong after the pitch hit his face:

#Pirates pitcher Ryan Vogelsong is hit in the face by a pitch during the 2nd inning against the Rockies today. pic.twitter.com/E7bIvx5huw

— Christopher Horner (@Hornerfoto1) May 23, 2016
A cart was brought onto the field, and Vogelsong was transported to the tunnel, where an ambulance pulled in to take the pitcher away.

"In the dugout, we all felt for Vogey," Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison said, according to MLB.com. "Let's finish this game strong and keep him in our prayers. Hopefully everything's OK."

Lyles also expressed his remorse.

"It's tough getting hit up there," he said, according to MLB.com. "That's tough to see. Hopefully, nothing serious comes out of it and he's able to get back to his teammates shortly.

"But 0-2, I tried to climb the ladder, tried to avoid him putting it in play. I felt maybe he was looking for something away. It just ran in too much, too high."

Vogelsong had thrown two shutout innings, striking out two, and was leading 2-0 when he left the game. The Pirates went on to win 6-3.

In the bottom of the third inning, time was called again after plate umpire Jeff Nelson had dirt inadvertently kicked into his left eye on Francisco Cervelli's slide. After trainers tried to clean out his eye, Nelson was escorted to the clubhouse. Ben May moved from first base to behind the plate.

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Nobody has mentioned this (not even Beej), but the Phils are 5 games over .500 & are only 2 games out of first.
They were suppose to be rebuilding, like the Braves.

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lobo316 wrote: Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Ryan Vogelsong left PNC Park in an ambulance Monday after being struck in the head by a pitch.

The Pirates said after Monday's game that the pitcher has a left eye injury, including the orbital bone around it. He was admitted to Allegheny General Hospital, and no further updates will be available until Tuesday.

Batting with the bases loaded in the bottom of the second, Vogelsong had an 0-2 count when a 92 mph fastball from Colorado Rockies right-hander Jordan Lyles rode up and appeared to strike Vogelsong's head under his visor.

Vogelsong fell to the ground and stayed there until he was attended to by Pittsburgh head athletic trainer Todd Tomcyzk. It was not clear whether Vogelsong ever lost consciousness. The Pirates' trainer finally got him into a seated position with a towel held to his left eye. There appeared to be blood coming from his nose.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review posted a photo that appears to show Vogelsong after the pitch hit his face:

#Pirates pitcher Ryan Vogelsong is hit in the face by a pitch during the 2nd inning against the Rockies today. pic.twitter.com/E7bIvx5huw

— Christopher Horner (@Hornerfoto1) May 23, 2016
A cart was brought onto the field, and Vogelsong was transported to the tunnel, where an ambulance pulled in to take the pitcher away.

"In the dugout, we all felt for Vogey," Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison said, according to MLB.com. "Let's finish this game strong and keep him in our prayers. Hopefully everything's OK."

Lyles also expressed his remorse.

"It's tough getting hit up there," he said, according to MLB.com. "That's tough to see. Hopefully, nothing serious comes out of it and he's able to get back to his teammates shortly.

"But 0-2, I tried to climb the ladder, tried to avoid him putting it in play. I felt maybe he was looking for something away. It just ran in too much, too high."

Vogelsong had thrown two shutout innings, striking out two, and was leading 2-0 when he left the game. The Pirates went on to win 6-3.

In the bottom of the third inning, time was called again after plate umpire Jeff Nelson had dirt inadvertently kicked into his left eye on Francisco Cervelli's slide. After trainers tried to clean out his eye, Nelson was escorted to the clubhouse. Ben May moved from first base to behind the plate.




The Pittsburgh Pirates placed right-hander Ryan Vogelsong on the 15-day disabled list with facial fractures Tuesday, one day after the 38-year-old was carted off the field and hospitalized after being hit by a pitch from Colorado Rockies starter Jordan Lyles.
Related: Vogelsong carted off field after being hit in face by pitch
Making just his second start of 2016, Vogelsong didn't make it out of the second inning Monday at PNC Park, where Lyles hit him in the face area with a 92-mph fastball with the bases loaded, plating a terrified Francisco Cervelli who walked home from third to see his pitcher face-down in the dirt.
"I didn't like the sound," Cervelli told MLB.com's Adam Berry. "It just scared me."
After being tended to by medical personnel, Vogelsong was able to get up on one knee and eventually stand on his own before being carted off and taken to Allegheny General Hospital, where he was deemed to be in stable condition by Monday evening. Prior to Tuesday's official diagnosis, head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk told reporters the injury was to "the eye itself, which includes the orbital (bone)."
"That's tough to see," Lyles said. "Hopefully nothing serious comes out of it and he's able to get back to his teammates shortly."

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Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Arquimedes Caminero was ejected in the eighth inning after hitting Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed on the chin, his second hit batter in as many innings.

Ahmed trotted over to first base, but was quickly replaced by a pinch runner.


Following the 12-1 loss, Diamondbacks skipper Chip Hale didn't mince words when he was asked about the incident, suggesting Caminero shouldn't be in the majors.

"If you can't have enough control not to hit people up there it's just not acceptable," he told reporters.

In the seventh inning, Caminero let his first one go, a 3-2 fastball that hit Jean Segura square in the head. After laying on the ground for a little while, Segura walked off the field under his own power.

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