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Sun, 16 Mar 2014 12:32:24 -0700
New York Mets SP Jon Niese (elbow) left his start against the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday, March 16, after two innings, because of discomfort in the back of his elbow. He will fly to New York and is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam performed by team physician Dr. David Altchek Monday, March 17. Niese said he suffered the initial injury in an intrasquad game 10 days ago and re-aggravated the injury while throwing a pitch during the second inning Sunday. He threw 35 pitches before exiting and was clocked at a normal 89-90 mph. "It's the back of the elbow, which is good," he said. "I'm almost 100 percent sure it's nothing serious like Tommy John or anything. It's just a little discomfort. I wanted to go back out there. It's something that I could definitely pitch through."
FANTASY TIP: If Niese is not able to return by Opening Day, manager Terry Collins hinted that SP Bartolo Colon would probably start against the Washington Nationals March 31, with SP Dillon Gee also under consideration. Ps Jenrry Mejia and Daisuke Matsuzaka would probably make the rotation if Niese begins the year on the disabled list, with P John Lannan making the club as a reliever.
Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Adam Rubin |
Sun, 16 Mar 2014 11:49:50 -0700
Colorado Rockies SP Franklin Morales, who has posted a 3.97 ERA over 11 1/3 innings this spring, may have an edge over SP Jordan Lyles for the No. 5 spot in the rotation, because he is out of minor league options. Lyles still has options remaining, so the Rockies could demote him without fear of losing him to another organization.
FANTASY TIP: It doesn't appear that manager Walt Weiss is in a hurry to name a fifth starter and will continue letting these two battle it out. Morales has expressed a strong preference to start, although there is a possibility that Lyles grabs the last spot in the rotation while Morales winds up in the bullpen. Lyles has actually pitched slightly better than Morales (1.13 ERA over eight spring innings), although ERA will not be the sole determining factor for winning the job.
Source: The Denver Post - Troy E. Renck |
Sun, 16 Mar 2014 11:22:29 -0700
Atlanta Braves P Gus Schlosser is expected to stretch his arm out at Triple-A Gwinnett early this season as insurance for the starting rotation. He had initially been slated to begin the year as a reliever.
Source: ESPN.com |
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Sun, 16 Mar 2014 11:09:56 -0700
Former Philadelphia Phillies 3B Mike Schmidt revealed that he has been battling Stage 3 melanoma, which prevented him from serving as a spring training camp instructor for the first time since 2001. The skin cancer was discovered during a visit to his doctor last August and he has undergone two operations, radiation and chemotherapy. Schmidt said that he was feeling better Sunday, March 16, and recent scans have come back cancer-free. He will join the Phillies' broadcast crew for 13 Sunday home games this season and hopes to resume his role as a spring training instructor next year.
Source: MLB.com - Todd Zolecki |
Sun, 16 Mar 2014 11:07:20 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels (shoulder) threw 27 pitches at about 70 percent during a bullpen session Sunday, March 16, and was satisfied with the results. He is expected to throw another bullpen session Wednesday, March 19, and could throw batting practice several days later, if all goes well.
Source: MLB.com - Todd Zolecki |