As we heard this morning, Josh Hamilton’s teammates say that he’s recovered from his shoulder surgery and recent drug relapse and is ready to play baseball again. Of course, whether he’ll do as a member of the Angels is anybody’s guess. Here’s the latest on the situation from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal:
Angels owner Arte Moreno indicated last Friday that the team could use language in Hamilton’s contract to take away some of the money they still owe to him. He also wouldn’t say for certain whether the embattled outfielder would play for the team again. Stay tuned.
Victor Martinez got a few days off this week to rest his surgically-repaired left knee, but he’s back in the starting lineup this afternoon against the White Sox.
Martinez had a minor scare with his knee last Saturday. He was in the lineup one day later, but has been limited to pinch-hitting duties since, partially because the Tigers were playing the Pirates under National League rules this week. However, he was on the bench again last night against the White Sox while Yoenis Cespedes served as the designated hitter.
V-Mart is 6-for-23 (.261) with five walks over eight games this season. The Tigers will have to hope that the rest did him well.
It was announced on Thursday that the Indians were calling up right-hander Danny Salazar for a spot start on Saturday against the Twins, but the plan now calls for him to remain in the rotation while Zach McAllister will move to the bullpen.
Salazar was expected to land a rotation spot out of spring training after Gavin Floyd went down with another elbow injury, but he struggled during Cactus League action and was optioned to Triple-A Columbus. However, after striking out seven and walking none over six scoreless innings in his lone start in the minors, the Indians are ready to give him another shot.
Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway told Jordan Bastian of MLB.com that they received positive reports about Salazar’s slider from his Triple-A start, which he feels could be the key to a breakout:
“If he can do that,” Callaway said, “throw the ball over the plate with some command, and throw that secondary pitch for a strike to set up that changeup, he’s going to be good to go.”
Salazar was great down the stretch as a rookie in 2013, but he had mixed results last year while posting a 4.25 ERA over 20 starts. Still, he has averaged 10.3 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 in the majors and has obvious frontline starter potential. Can’t blame the Indians for going with upside.
McAllister was knocked around for five runs over four innings in his lone start last week. He was throwing in the high-90s with his fastball out of the bullpen last night (thanks, Brooks Baseball), so this could be a good change for him.
It’s safe to say that nobody would have guessed this one, but Diamondbacks right-hander Josh Collmenter threw the first shutout (and complete game) of the 2015 MLB season in a 9-0 win over the Giants last night at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
Collmenter, who was Arizona’s Opening Day starter after posting a 3.46 ERA in 28 starts and five relief appearances last season, held the Giants to just four hits (three of them singles) and one walk while striking out a pair. He needed 114 pitches to finish off the gem. It was the second shutout of his career.
As if his pitching performance wasn’t good enough on its own, Collmenter also had a nice night at the plate. He went 3-for-5 with an RBI single and a run scored.
As for the defending World Series champion Giants, things keep getting worse. They have now lost eight games in a row and sit at 3-9 on the year.
The Mets might be…good? Bartolo Colon tossed seven innings of one-run ball and also did some damage with the bat in a 4-1 win over the Marlins last night at Citi Field. The Mets have now won six straight for the first time since 2011 and sit at 8-3 on the young season.
Colon scattered six hits while walking none and striking out five. The only run scored on a solo homer from Giancarlo Stanton in the first inning. The ageless wonder is now 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA with an 18/1 K/BB ratio in 20 innings across his first three starts.
After hitting an RBI single on Sunday, Colon also hit a sacrifice fly last night. And he got a really nice piece of it, too. Check out the video below:
Colon currently has more RBI (two) than any pitcher in baseball. Silver Slugger coming?
Your Friday box scores:
Marlins 1, Mets 4
White Sox 1, Tigers 2
Padres 5, Cubs 4
Orioles 2, Red Sox 3
Phillies 2, Nationals 7
Braves 8, Blue Jays 7
Yankees 5, Rays 4
Brewers 3, Pirates 6
Athletics 4, Royals 6
Reds 1, Cardinals 6
Indians 2, Twins 3 (11 innings)
Angels 6, Astros 3
Rockies 3, Dodgers 7
Diamondbacks 9, Giants 0
Rangers 3, Mariners 0