First and nastiest we've got Jorge de la Rosa, in what may have been the shortest length between injury and surgery announcement I've ever seen:
"An hour after the game, the Rockies said an MRI showed a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. That likely means Tommy John-style tendon replacement surgery that would sideline the hard-throwing left-hander for a year.De La Rosa was the Rockies' top pitcher so far with a 5-2 record and a 3.51 ERA. He was coming off his first career complete game when he got hurt."
Talk about leaving it all on the field. Jorge was having a nice little year, but you can safely forget about him until the summer of 2012.
Next up we've got everybody's favorite AL East to NL Central transfer, Matt Garza:
Cubs right-hander Matt Garza didn’t go quietly, but he did go on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday after an MRI exam on his sore elbow revealed a bone bruise — another blow to a starting rotation that ranks last in the majors in ERA.
Considering the area of the pain, the diagnosis ‘‘was the best news we could have hoped for,’’ said general manager Jim Hendry, who anticipates Garza will return on his first eligible day, June 3 at St. Louis. That would amount to only two missed starts.
Looks like major danger was avoided, but we've all seen "benign" elbow injuries that turned out to be not so benign. If Minor Danger is your middle name, Garza could be a decent buy-low candidate.
Finally, Rafael Soriano, setup man to the stars, sets a date with Death, Destroyer of Worlds (alias: Dr. James Andrews):
"Soriano is going to see Dr. James Andrews tomorrow. The Yankees won’t release the MRI results until then, but the team acknowledged that they “showed enough for him to see Andrews."
If anyone asks Hank von Steingrabber about that contract, he can just say Madoff made him do it.
Speaking of New York City and grand larceny, the Yankees stole a win from the Jays, as Frank Francisco threw a chair into a great effort by Ricky Romero. Curtis Granderson went 4-5, raising his average to .275 and picking up his 35th RBI. Yankees players are often overrated in fantasy, but this year Granderson fell into the category that I love to target: players who were once so overrated and burned so many people that they are now underrated. (Some other names that fit into this category at the beginning of the year: Ben Zobrist, Pablo Sandoval, Jason Bay, Aaron Hill. Some work out, some don't.) Where do you see Granderson ranked amongst OF at the end of the year?
Another guy who went from overrated to underrated is Carlos Quentin. In his career, Quentin has had 2 smart fantasy player tags on his back: overrated to underrated, and before that he was a post-hype sleeper. Last night, his three dongs were so powerful that they broke the damn sky:
Quentin and Hamilton provided the on-field highlights, and Mother Nature supplied plenty during the stoppage. At one point during the delay, fans were evacuated from the lower bowl to the service level under the stadium by the threat of a tornado and baseball-size hail.
Hail did fall, though only as large as nickel, and it covered the field before melting quickly.
Hamilton had an infield single on a headfirst slide in the 8th, then stole 2nd and 3rd with headfirst slides. His coach had nothing to do with that -- that was all him.
What else is going on? How are your teams doing? How's your elbow doing? Has Bernie Madoff stolen any of your money and stressed you out enough to insult your players in The New Yorker?