Author: Aaron Gleeman

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Brewers activate Scooter Gennett from DL after shower injury

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Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett is back from the disabled list after injuring his hand while showering the Pirates’ visitors clubhouse two weeks ago.

Gennett was off to a slow start, hitting just .207 with a .510 OPS through 10 games, but he’ll resume starting at second base for Milwaukee.

As far as silly injuries go slicing your hand open while reaching for some shampoo in the shower is pretty bad, but at least he only missed a couple weeks. And the Brewers went 6-8 with Gennett out, compared to 2-10 before his injury.

Marlins didn’t find a taker for Jarrod Saltalamacchia, will release him

Jarrod Saltalamacchia

Jerry Crasnick of reports that the Marlins were not able to find a trade for catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia after designating him for assignment last week, meaning they will outright release him.

Miami cut Saltalamacchia loose with about $15 million remaining on a three-year, $21 million deal signed last offseason, handing the starting job to rookie J.T. Realmuto (who has hit just .232 with a .571 OPS).

Saltalamacchia has plenty of flaws offensively and defensively, but quite a few teams figure to express interest now that the Marlins are eating his entire contract and the new cost to acquire him would simply be the minimum salary.

As recently as 2013 he hit .273 with 14 homers and an .804 OPS in 121 games for the Red Sox and … well, as recently as about 15 months ago the Marlins thought he was worth $21 million in guaranteed money.

Madison Bumgarner threw his fastest pitch since 2010

Madison Bumgarner

The idea of Madison Bumgarner getting even better–or at least throwing harder–is a scary one, but that’s exactly what happened Monday night.

According to Pitchf/x (via Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News) the Giants left-hander and World Series MVP hit 95.1 miles per hour on the radar gun with a fifth-inning fastball to Jedd Gyorko for his fastest pitch since 2010 when he was a 20-year-old rookie.

Oh, and Bumgarner also took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and finished with 7.1 innings of shutout, two-hit ball against the Padres, striking out six and walking one.

Bumgarner had a rough second outing of the season on April 11 versus that same Padres team, but if you take that one start out of the mix he’s 3-0 with a 2.02 ERA and 28/6 K/BB ratio in 36 innings. Ho hum.