Craig Calcaterra

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Jhonny Peralta to begin a rehab assignment

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Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta will begin a rehab assignment with Low-A Peoria on Friday as he mounts his comeback from thumb surgery.

Peralta took batting practice yesterday so the Cardinals must have liked what they saw. If his assignment goes well he’ll be on track to come back in June, which is on the optimistic side of projections when he first went down. When he does come back Mike Matheny will have an interesting choice: give the veteran shortstop his job back or stick with Aledmys Diaz, who has hit a blistering .376/.403/.648 in Peralta’s absence.

What’s on Tap: Previewing Thursday’s action

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There were two afternoon games today which I totally didn’t realize were happening or else I would’ve done this earlier. What am I, a baseball media professional or something? Oh well. As I write this the Mariners are about to beat the Orioles and the Brewers are holding a lead against the Cubs.

Most of the games go down tonight. Because I’m traveling tomorrow I gave Bill the night off and he’s going to cover the day tomorrow. If something newsy happens this evening I’ll pop in to write about it. I just hope it happens after, say, 9pm because I’m going out to dinner. I’ll do what I have to do, of course, because I am nothing if not a blogging professional, but I know from experience that women just LOVE It when you interrupt a date for a “blogging emergency.” In other news, I’m going to probably die alone, surrounded by cats.

Unless I get married, in which case it’ll be a lot like this. Gotta be yourself, you know. Hi, Kevin!

The matchups tonight include a nice Steven StrasburgMatt Harvey tilt, assuming Matt Harvey remembers that he’s Matt Harvey. Chris Sale goes for win number 9 against zero losses. I want him to win 30 this year. Not because I care about how he or the White Sox do but because I really want to spend all of August and September talking about what pitcher wins really mean. That’s always a fun discussion filled with nuance and insight. Both Jeff Samardzija and Jhoulys Chacin pitch tonight which is significant mostly because I hate spelling “Samardzija” and “Jhoulys.” If my recent run of cosmic luck holds, each will pitch a no-hitter tonight and my Ctrl, C, and V keys will break down from overuse. But like I said: I’m nothing if not a professional.

Atlanta Braves (Mike Foltynewicz) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (Jeff Locke), 7:05 PM EDT, PNC Park

Cleveland Indians (Josh Tomlin) @ Cincinnati Reds (Tim Adleman), 7:10 PM EDT, Great American Ball Park

Washington Nationals (Steven Strasburg) @ New York Mets (Matt Harvey), 7:10 PM EDT, Citi Field

Colorado Rockies (Jon Gray) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Michael Wacha), 7:15 PM EDT, Busch Stadium

Houston Astros (Collin McHugh) @ Chicago White Sox (Chris Sale), 8:10 PM EDT, U.S. Cellular Field

Toronto Blue Jays (Marco Estrada) @ Minnesota Twins (Ervin Santana), 8:10 PM EDT, Target Field

San Francisco Giants (Jeff Samardzija) @ San Diego Padres (James Shields), 9:10 PM EDT, Petco Park

Los Angeles Dodgers (Ross Stripling) @ Los Angeles Angels (Jhoulys Chacin), 10:05 PM EDT, Angel Stadium of Anaheim

New York Yankees (Ivan Nova) @ Oakland Athletics (Kendall Graveman), 10:05 PM EDT, Oakland Coliseum

Eric Hosmer is afraid of New York taxis, wants the DH in the National League

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The Players’ Tribune has a feature called “What the (Blank) in which athletes answer random fill-in-the-blank questions. It’s pretty amusing at times.

It’s amusing today at least, as the Royals Eric Hosmer is up. He names his most underrated major leaguer. It’s a guy so many call the most underrated major leaguer that he’s probably close to losing that title. He also says that if he was commissioner for a day he’d put the DH in the National League. Which, whatever you think of that is hilarious given that on most days the commissioner is actually just schmoozing business partners of MLB and stuff. I guess it’s more inspiring to say “make the DH universal” than “meet with T-Mobile marketing team” or whatever.

The oddest answer is this one:

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I’m a simple, meek rube from the Midwest who rarely leaves his own home and even I can handle New York taxis. I wonder what happened to Hosmer to give him this fear.

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Oh, well then. Say no more.