Craig Calcaterra

Blogger at NBC's HardballTalk. Recovering litigator. Rake. Scoundrel. Notorious Man-About-Town.

Multiple teams are interested in Bud Norris


Jon Heyman reports that the Marlins, White Sox, Mariners, and Tigers are among teams with interest in Braves starter Bud Norris.

Norris started the season slowly pitching out of the Braves’ pen, but has pitched well since then, with a 2.43 ERA and 35 strikeouts over his last 40 and two-thirds innings. The Braves would obviously try to flip him for a little something. They’re likely to try to flip anyone and everyone who isn’t literally nailed down.

Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer experienced dizziness last night

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The Tigers were holding a 4-0 lead in the fifth inning and Tigers rookie sensation Michael Fulmer was pitching, seemingly on his way to an easy win. Then Fulmer gave up a walk and a single. Then he hit Nori Aoki to load the bases. Then, two pitches later, Fulmer hit Leonys Martin with a pitch in almost exactly the same spot to force in a run.

Clearly Fulmer was not trying to load the bases and plunk-in a run in that situation. He was just lost, it seemed. Brad Ausmus immediately came out and got him after he hit Martin, and Fulmer lost out on his chance for the W, not having completed five innings of work.

After the game Fulmer explained what was bothering him. He felt both light-headed and dizzy from the first inning on:

“I was kind of fighting a bit of lightheadedness, dizziness. Just didn’t feel well after that first inning . . . I just woke up not feeling the best . . . just a little shortness of breath trying to catch my breath”

That’s a tad scary, but we all have days that aren’t our best. Thankfully for him the bullpen picked him up, not allowing any more than that one run Fulmer allowed and the Tigers won the game.

Here’s hoping Fulmer feels better and that this was just a matter of needing to be better hydrated or something.

The Mets get good news about Noah Syndergaard and Yoenis Cespedes


It was a scary afternoon for the Mets yesterday as Noah Syndergaard left his start with elbow discomfort and Yoenis Cespedes left the game after injuring himself swinging a bat. Both went down in the sixth inning, actually. Fortunately, the injuries are not serious.

An MRI revealed no structural damage to Syndergaard’s right elbow, the team announced last night. Likewise, Cespedes’ news was good. He has a mild sprain of his left wrist for which he received a cortisone injection. He’ll miss a couple of games, but he’s not expected to be placed on the disabled list.

The Mets have had more than their fair share of bad luck on the injury front this season, but these two cases seem to be best case scenarios.