How I expected the Pirates to treat Anthony Rizzo yesterday:
Yikes, right in the bloopers. pic.twitter.com/V6bl6QLSzx
— Cut4 (@Cut4) May 30, 2018
On the Agenda:
1. Various News and Notes
2. Streaming Pitchers
Various News and Notes
Noah Syndergaard was placed on the 10-Day DL with a finger injury. The issue appeared to pop up without warning, but apparently he was feeling enough soreness in the finger that he was checked out in the hospital. Manager Mickey Callaway would later say that he is expected back after a minimum stay. With Thor down, Seth Lugo will make a spot start in the rotation on Monday.
Brian McCann was placed on the 10-Day DL with knee soreness. McCann has been struggling as of late and this injury could point to why. Max Stassi will figure to gain more playing time in his absence as well as Evan Gattis who has heated up as of late, going .326/.400/.744 with five bombs in the last three weeks.
Jeff Samardzija left his start on Tuesday after only one inning. It was later revealed that he was dealing with shoulder stiffness and will now undergo an MRI to reveal the cause of the issue. He appears headed back to the DL after only eight starts this year after a late start because of a pectoral injury suffered in spring training.
Steven Matz was removed from his start on Tuesday with a finger injury. Following the game, x-rays were negative on the finger, so it appears there is no fracture at least. There could be an MRI taken if the discomfort doesn’t go away. Consider Matz day-to-day at this time.
Tyler Saladino left Tuesday’s game with an ankle injury. Saladino hurt the ankle stepping awkwardly on a force play at second base. After the game, it was announced that x-rays were negative, but will still head to the DL according to manager Craig Counsell. This may expedite the return of Orlando Arcia who was sent down last week to AAA.
Francisco Liriano was placed on the 10-Day DL with a hamstring injury. Liriano has been surprisingly good this season for the Tigers and has been a name mentioned in recent trade rumors as a name that could be moved pretty soon. This will obviously hurt his value on the market for the time being.
Kenta Maeda was removed from his start on Tuesday with a hip injury. Maeda now joins the legions of starting pitchers currently injured right now. Consider him day-to-day at this time.
Streaming Pitchers Options
A pitcher for today: Clayton Richard vs MIA
Richard gets a bad Marlins team at home and has a 3.38 ERA in his last three starts.
A pitcher for tomorrow: Shane Bieber @ MIN
Bieber is set to make his MLB debut on Thursday versus the Twins after an impressive run in AAA this year.
Justin is the co-host on The Sleeper and The Bust Podcast and writes for Rotographs covering the Roto Riteup as well as random topics that float into his juvenile brain. In addition to his work at Rotographs, Justin is the lead fantasy writer/analyst and co-owner for FriendswithFantasyBenefits.com, owner of The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational, and a fantasy football and baseball writer for Fantasy Alarm. He is also a certified addiction treatment counselor. Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinMasonFWFB.