Livan Hernandez, Pat Burrell pull the forks out of their backs

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Burrell homer.jpgAt least temporarily. Yesterday Pat Burrell homered during the completion of the Rays-Red Sox game that was suspended on Friday, and then he had a three-run double in the
scheduled game
.  He hadn’t had any home runs or RBI entering play yesterday and was below the Mendoza Line. Overall that’s five straight wins for the Rays, who are doing nothing to make me sorry for picking them to finish ahead of the Sox this year.

But Burrell’s exploits weren’t as unexpected as Livan Hernandez’s. It may be lost in the noise of a no-hitter and a marathon game, but  Hernandez has started out the season with 16 scoreless innings,
including last night’s shutout of the Brewers.  This from a guy who the Nationals didn’t really even want to sign this offseason.

Saturday gave us all kinds of unexpected things. Big performances from Pat the Bat and Livan may have been the most unexpected.

Alex Dickerson to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Alex Dickerson, recently diagnosed with a sprained UCL in his left elbow, will undergo Tommy John surgery near the end of March, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports. Dickerson tried to rehab the injury, but he didn’t show improvement. The surgery will likely end his 2018 season.

Dickerson, 27, missed the entire 2017 season due to a bulging disk in his back, undergoing surgery for that as well. Dickerson performed well in 84 games in 2016, batting .257/.333/.455 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI across 285 plate appearances.

Dickerson was hoping to earn a spot in the Padres’ crowded outfield, but will now concede that opportunity and hope to turn things around next year.