Day: August 20, 2014

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Giants win protest, will complete rain-halted game at Wrigley Field on Thursday afternoon


A sudden torrential downpour Tuesday night in Chicago — and complications with applying the tarp — left Wrigley Field unplayable even after four hours of maintenance by the grounds crew, so the Cubs were awarded a 2-0 victory over the visiting Giants because that was the score when was play was halted after the top of the fifth inning. The Giants filed an official protest with Major League Baseball on Wednesday morning, and for the first time in 28 years that course of action actually worked

Though rare after a non-mechanical failure, playing a suspended game in this case is absolutely the right thing to do. The game obviously means much more to the Giants than the Cubs — given that San Francisco is in contention for a postseason spot — but this would be the correct call if there were no implications at all.

Padres reinstate Cameron Maybin from suspension

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The announcement comes via Dennis Lin at the San Diego Union-Tribune

Maybin was suspended for 25 games without pay on July 23 after failing a test for amphetamines.

He was batting just .247/.286/.368 in 185 plate appearances before the punishment came down and owns a disappointing .248/.307/.365 overall slash line in 1,371 plate appearances since joining San Diego in 2011.

The 27-year-old center fielder is owed a $7 million salary next season and an $8 million salary in 2016.

Masahiro Tanaka throws all his pitches in bullpen session

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Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka was diagnosed in early July with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow — the injury that almost always leads to Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery — but he’s trying the rest and rehab route first and it’s actually going pretty smoothly so far.

Tanaka threw a successful 35-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday afternoon in the Yankee Stadium bullpen, mixing in all of his pitches for the first time. beat reporter Bryan Hoch has more

Tanaka returned to his normal interview protocol for the details of today’s session, but the right-hander is clearly excited about his situation. Tanaka threw 35 pitches in the Yankee Stadium bullpen, a mix of fastballs, curveballs and sliders. He also snapped off five splitters, which is fairly significant considering the torque that Tanaka’s signature pitch requires.

“It went well, but it was actually my first time throwing breaking balls – something other than fastballs – in the bullpen, so I felt it was a little bit rusty,” Tanaka said through an interpreter. “I’ll have to brush that up a little bit.”

Tanaka is aiming to return to a major league mound sometime in September, and it’s starting to look like a realistic goal. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday that there are no plans for another MRI.

Rays activate reigning Rookie of the Year Wil Myers

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Wil Myers is off the disabled list after missing nearly three months with a fractured right wrist and the reigning Rookie of the Year winner is back in the Rays’ lineup.

Myers was struggling before colliding with Desmond Jennings in the outfield on May 30, hitting .227 with five homers and a .666 OPS that was a 165-point drop from last season.

Myers went 6-for-24 (.250) with two homers and a .961 OPS in seven games on a minor-league rehab assignment at Triple-A to convince the Rays he’s ready to return.

Carlos Beltran scratched from Yankees’ lineup with more elbow problems

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Over the weekend Carlos Beltran was cleared to play the outfield for the first time since May, but now his season-long elbow problems have returned and the 37-year-old has been scratched from the Yankees’ lineup.

Beltran was slated to start tonight at designated hitter, but instead Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York reports that he’ll be examined further by doctors. He’s been playing through bone spurs in his elbow with little success, hitting a career-low .233 with 14 homers and a .707 OPS that’s his lowest since 2003.

That poor overall production includes a current 1-for-28 (.036) slump in his last eight games and Beltran apparently tweaked his elbow on a swing Tuesday. It’s long been assumed that Beltran will undergo offseason surgery to remove the bone chips and it’s possible the Yankees will decide to shut him down early.

Beltran is under contract for $15 million in both 2015 and 2016.