Craig Calcaterra

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Zack Wheeler has a setback in his Tommy John recovery

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Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. And while last year he was trade bait at the deadline, this year the Mets have had no interest in dangling him. Indeed, they are ready for him to join the rotation in the second half of the season which, it has been reported, will be a six-man situation in order to keep everyone fresh.

Except now it appears that it may take Wheeler a bit longer to return. Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that Wheeler has experienced some elbow discomfort in his Tommy John rehab. He won’t be throwing a simulated inning as scheduled this week.

What that means for his timetable is unsure, but it certainly isn’t welcome news.

 

Athletics minor leaguer Andrew Lambo has testicular cancer

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This is some bad news: the Oakland Athletics just announced that outfielder Andrew Lambo, currently with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds, is undergoing treatment for testicular cancer at Vanderbilt University. He had surgery last Friday.

Athletics GM David Forst said in a statement that he and the organization were grateful for the treatment Lambo is receiving at Vanderbilt and that he and the A’s will assist Lambo in any way possible through his treatment and recovery.

Lambo, 27, was selected off waivers¬†by the A’s last November after spending several years in the Dodgers and Pirates organization. He’s played one game at the major league level this season and has had 100 plate appearances in 60 big league games across four seasons.

Best of luck to him for a speedy recovery.

American League All-Star voting update: Mookie Betts moves into starting position

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Mookie Betts of the Red Sox has moved up steadily in the All-Star voting and now is third among all outfielders. He was fifth last week, but he has jumped Mark Trumbo and Lorenzo Cain. He trails teammate Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mike Trout of the Angels among outfielders.

Otherwise, the same starting players remain from the past few weeks: catcher and overall voting leader Salvador Perez of the Royals; first baseman Eric Hosmer of the Royals; second baseman Jose Altuve of the Astros; third baseman Manny Machado of the Orioles; shortstop Xander Bogaerts of the Red Sox; and designated hitter David Ortiz of the Red Sox.

The totals this week:

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