Author: D.J. Short

CLEVELAND, OH -  JUNE 18: Manager Joe Maddon #70 celebrates with Kyle Schwarber #12 of the Chicago Cubs after Schwarber scored during the third inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on June 18, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Video: Kyle Schwarber hits first major league home run


After going 4-for-5 with a triple, two RBI, and three runs scored in his first major league start last night, Cubs rookie Kyle Schwarber launched his first major league home run — a two-run shot — tonight against the Indians. Check it out below:

The Cubs called Schwarber up this week so he could serve as a DH and third catcher while the team plays in American League ballparks. The expectation is that he’ll be sent down to Triple-A Iowa after the weekend. There’s probably nothing he can do to change that, but Cubs fans are witnessing a heck of a cameo right now.

Mets manager Terry Collins hints that Juan Lagares has ligament damage in elbow

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 03:  Juan Lagares #12 of the New York Mets in action against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on May 3, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Nationals defeated the Mets 1-0.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Interesting note here about Mets center fielder Juan Lagares, who suffered a right elbow sprain last September. If you have watched him at all this season, you have likely noticed that his arm isn’t nearly the weapon it has been in the past. According to Mike Vorkunov of the Newark Star-Ledger, Mets manager Terry Collins was asked about the situation today and hinted that Lagares has ligament damage in the elbow:

“There’s only a couple of things you can do,” Collins said. “One would be to have Tommy John. The other would be to rest it and then just be careful.”

It didn’t take long for the Mets to backtrack from these comments. General manager Sandy Alderson said that Tommy John surgery is not “on our radar” while describing it merely as elbow soreness. Meanwhile, Collins later clarified and said it’s something Lagares should be able to manage and play through. This might not do much to calm the paranoia of Mets fans, but here we are.

While Lagares’ arm hasn’t been the same this season, the Gold Glover can still go out and get it with them. He also extended his hitting streak to nine games tonight against the Blue Jays.

Carlos Correa becomes second-youngest player in 100 years to steal three bases in a game

during interleague play at Coors Field on June 18, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. The Astros defeated the Rockies 8-4.

Astros rookie shortstop Carlos Correa had a nice afternoon against the Rockies today, going 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, a run scored and three stolen bases. You can watch the highlight reel below:

According to Brian McTaggart of, Correa became the second-youngest player (20 years and 269 days old) in the past 100 years to steal three bases in a game. Hall of Famer and all-time stolen base leader Rickey Henderson was 20 years and 241 days old when he had three steals on August 23, 1979.

Correa is batting .349 (15-for-43) with three home runs, three doubles, seven RBI, and four stolen bases over his first 10 games in the majors. He’s living up to the hype thus far, if not exceeding it.

Video: C.J. Wilson tried to stretch a single into a double today. It didn’t go well.

PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 18:  Infielder Nick Ahmed #13 of the Arizona Diamondbacks tags out C.J. Wilson #33 of the Los Angeles Angels as he attempts to slide into second base during the fifth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 18, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Getting a rare opportunity to bat under National League rules, Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson tried to use the element of surprise to stretch a single into a double this afternoon against the Diamondbacks. It didn’t go well.

Not so smart. That could have been a disaster for Wilson and the Angels. Fortunately, he’s fine. Wilson actually tossed eight innings of one-run ball and struck out a season-high nine batters as part of a 7-1 victory.

Here’s some reaction from after the game: