Dodgers call up hot-hitting Alex Castellanos from Triple-A

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Dodgers prospect Alex Castellanos has been making a mockery of Triple-A, hitting .379 with a .476 on-base percentage and .759 slugging percentage in 22 games, and now he’s on his way to the majors.

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers are calling up Castellanos, who was acquired from the Cardinals in the Rafael Furcal trade last season and has moved back to second base this year after previously shifting to the outfield.

In addition to this season’s ridiculous Triple-A numbers he also hit .320 with 23 homers and a .958 OPS in 125 games at Double-A last season, so Castellanos has been mashing for a year-and-a-half after some pretty underwhelming production prior to that.

He’s a little old for a prospect at 25, but it’s tough to ignore someone hitting .350 with power for going on 150 games and the Dodgers figure to give him an extended look at second base.

Mike Trout has a torn thumb ligament, could require surgery

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Yesterday Mike Trout left the Marlins-Angels game after hurting his thumb while sliding head first into second base. After the game the Angels talked about it as if it were just a sprain. Trout had an MRI today, however, and the diagnosis is far worse: he has a torn thumb ligament.

While a treatment option has not yet been chosen, surgery is a possibility. A certainty is that he’ll miss, at the very least, several weeks of play. He has been placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career.

Trout, the reigning AL MVP and, without question, the best player in baseball, is batting .337/.461/.742 with 16 home runs, 36 RBI, 36 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 206 plate appearances this season. Even with the one of the weaker supporting casts in baseball, Trout had the Angels near .500 and in at least arguable contention in the AL West.

Without him, they are likely sunk. Without him, baseball is worse off.

Basebrawl! Harper, Strickland punch away, Nats-Giants fight

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SAN FRANCISCO — Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland both landed punches to the head during a wild brawl that erupted Monday after a hit by pitch.

Harper was hit in the right hip by Strickland’s 98 mph fastball in the eighth inning with Washington ahead 2-0.

Harper pointed the bat toward Strickland, charged the mound and fired his batting helmet wide of the pitcher. They started to swing away and they each connected as the benches and bullpens emptied.

At least two Giants players forcefully dragged Strickland from the middle of the brawl all the way into the dugout. Harper and Strickland were both ejected.

In the 2014 NL Division Series, Harper hit two home runs off Strickland. After the star’s second shot, in Game 4, he stared at Strickland as he rounded the bases.