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Monday, June 18, 2018


Yoenis Cespedes takes break from rehab, still has no timetable

Yoenis Cespedes Mets

The New York Mets are still waiting to see when Yoenis Cespedes will return from his hip injury.

Cespedes took a break from rehab over the weekend, according to Tim Healey of Newsday, and will resume activities on Monday. Those activities are physical therapy, as the outfielder still isn’t hitting or throwing and has no timetable to begin doing so again.

Cespedes hasn’t played since May 16, and it doesn’t look like he’ll be back anytime soon.

The slugging outfielder restarted his treatment plan last week, and doesn’t appear to be rushing back. It doesn’t make sense to — he’s already reaggravated the injury once, and the Mets no longer look like they stand much chance of contending for a playoff spot this season. The focus instead will be on getting Cespedes fully healthy.

Report: Brewers expected to aggressively pursue starting pitching

In the midst of a heated battle for the NL Central lead, the Milwaukee Brewers may be looking to address arguably their biggest weakness.

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported on Saturday that rival executives expect the Brewers to “aggressively” pursue starting pitching at the trade deadline.

At 42-28, Milwaukee is currently just half a game ahead of the Chicago Cubs for the lead in their division. Their rotation, meanwhile, is mostly a collection of journeyman arms whose depth has suffered with Zach Davies, Jimmy Nelson, and Wade Miley all on the disabled list at the moment.

The Brewers were recently linked to one big-name starter who could be on the trading block, and it seems like a safe bet that they will continue to explore all available options for fortifying their pitching ranks.

Chris Davis benched indefinitely by Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles have seen enough from struggling slugger Chris Davis.

Davis sat out his fourth consecutive contest on Saturday, and Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that the former All-Star’s return was not imminent.

Per Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com:

Showalter said he doesn’t expect Davis’ absence to last a week or two, but the Orioles are not putting a timetable on his return. He is available if “the team needs what he can bring” off the bench, though it seemed obvious Showalter would be hesitant to use him.

To say that Davis has been bad this season would be the understatement of the century — the 32-year-old currently holds a negative WAR (-1.9), thanks in large part to his poor performance at the plate. He averaged 37 homers over the last six seasons but has only managed a mere four through 57 games and has struck out 86 times. Meanwhile, Davis’ .150 batting average is by far the lowest among players with at least 200 plate appearances (per Fangraphs).

Things have gotten so bad for Davis that local bars have even begun to offer promotions based around his woes. It’s about time that the Orioles finally came to their senses and gave him some time off to regroup.

Jeff Samardzija on schedule to return to Giants’ rotation soon

Jeff Samardzija

Jeff Samardzija is on schedule to return to the San Francisco Giants’ rotation soon.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy spoke with the media before Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers and provided an update on Shark. Bochy said Samardzija’s velocity was up during a rehab start on Friday and that he will likely need just one more rehab start before rejoining the club.

Samardzija dealt with a pectoral injury in spring training that delayed his season debut. Then he had a shoulder injury that caused him to be placed on the DL. He was getting hit hard this season and is 1-4 with a 6.56 ERA.

The Giants, who are hovering around .500, should be encouraged. They recently got Madison Bumgarner back, and Johnny Cueto is working his way back from an elbow injury. They may not be too far off from having their complete rotation in action.

Evan Longoria expected to miss 6-8 weeks

Evan Longoria

Evan Longoria is expected to miss 6-8 weeks after breaking his hand on Thursday.

The San Francisco Giants third baseman was hit by a pitch on the left hand against the Miami Marlins. Longoria will have surgery on Tuesday and is hoping to return after the All-Star break next month.

Here’s a look at the pitch that hit him:

Longoria, who was acquired by the Giants in a trade with Tampa Bay over the offseason, is batting .246 with a .711 OPS this season. Alen Hanson has been playing third in his place.

Clayton Kershaw getting close to Dodgers return

Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw is ready to get back on the mound and begin his journey back to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Kershaw is set to throw a simulated game during the middle of next week and, if there are no setbacks, the next step will be a rehab start in the minor leagues. If that goes well, Kershaw could be back on the major league roster in about two weeks.

As long as nothing goes wrong, Kershaw should be back right around or perhaps a little earlier than initially anticipated. The Dodgers are 10-2 in June, so they haven’t been significantly hindered by his absence, and his return should only help them as they look to return to the top of the NL West.

Indians P Carlos Carrasco heading to hospital for X-rays on arm

Carlos Carrasco

Carlos Carrasco is heading to the hospital for X-rays on his arm after he was hit by a comebacker on Saturday.

The Cleveland Indians pitcher was hit on the arm by a line drive from Minnesota Twins DH Joe Mauer in the top of the second inning.

Carrasco came out of the game and was relieved by Oliver Perez. He was diagnosed with a right forearm contusion but went to the hospital for X-rays to see if there was a fracture.

Carrasco allowed 4 runs over 1.1 innings. He is 8-4 with a 4.24 ERA this season, though he is on the hook for the loss for Saturday’s game. He was coming off of two great starts before the rough outing.

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