HBT Weekend Wrapup

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Craig is on vacation all week so you’ll see a bigger helping of posts from the less familiar names around here.  It’s like a parent has left town, and has left us access to a stocked fridge and liquor cabinet.  We intend to have a good time.  Bonfire!

Here is your weekend wrap-up:

  • Cubs manager Lou Piniella retired suddenly on Sunday afternoon to be with his ailing mother.  He enjoyed a good amount of success in Chicago, leading the club to two division championships in four years, but ‘Sweet Lou’ will leave behind a fifth-place team.
  • We should all know more about his immediate future when the MRI results are examined on Monday afternoon, but it appears that Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg avoided major injury on Saturday night.  He has been diagnosed with a strained flexor tendon in his forearm and was able to play catch on Sunday morning.
  • Brewers setup man LaTroy Hawkins has opted to undergo exploratory surgery on his shoulder and is likely to miss the rest of the season.  Here’s a quick lesson for bad teams with major holes: Don’t spend big money on middle relief.
  • Angels rookie outfielder Peter Bourjos is going to be a great defender in this league for a long time, and now he’s beginning to do some things right at the plate.  With those powers combined…

And with that, we’re off…

Orioles’ Mark Trumbo becomes the first to 40 home runs this season

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Mark Trumbo #45 of the Baltimore Orioles hits a home run during the eighth inning of a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 28, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Orioles DH Mark Trumbo drilled a two-run home run to left-center field off of reliever Ben Heller in the eighth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Yankees. In doing so, he became the first player to reach the 40-homer plateau this season.

Trumbo finished 1-for-4 on the afternoon. Along with the 40 dingers, he’s hitting .257/.317/.541 with 96 RBI. He has already set a career-high in homers and is four RBI away from tying his career high in that regard.

Trumbo is eligible for free agency after the season. Needless to say, his performance in 2016 bodes well for his ability to secure a hefty contract.

Gerrit Cole scratched from Monday’s start

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 07:  Gerrit Cole #45 of the Pittsburgh Pirates waits out a replay review in the first inning during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park on August 7, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
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Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported on Sunday that Pirates starter Gerrit Cole was scratched from Monday’s start against the Cubs. Cole instead has flown to Los Angeles to have his sore right elbow examined by a specialist, Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

Cole struggled in Wednesday’s start against the Astros, yielding five runs in five innings. He did not throw his regular between-starts bullpen. An MRI didn’t reveal any ligament damage, but a bone spur remains a possibility.

Cole, 25, has a 3.55 ERA and a 95/32 K/BB ratio in 144 innings over 20 starts this season. The right-hander missed some time earlier this season with a triceps injury.