Baseball dads and sons offer some thoughts on fatherhood in this cool feature from MLB.com …
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads who check in here at HBT. Fire up the grill and grab a cold one.
Phillies ace Cole Hamels had to be scratched from his scheduled start Friday night against the visiting Cardinals because of hamstring discomfort, but MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports that the left-hander made it through a bullpen session Sunday morning without issue and is on track to return to the rotation Wednesday against the Yankees.
Phillippe Aumont took the mound in Hamels’ place on Friday versus St. Louis and got shelled for six earned runs on seven walks and five hits. He was designated for assignment the next day.
Hamels, one of the biggest names on this summer’s trade block, boasts a 2.96 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 103 strikeouts through 94 1/3 innings.
Twins right-hander Ervin Santana is eligible to return from his 80-game PED suspension on July 4. He’s been throwing on the side for months and will spend the next few weeks making minor league starts to get his arm in proper game shape. The first one of those outings was Saturday at Triple-A Rochester …
Ervin Santana’s final line: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO. 88 pitches, 53 strikes.
— Rochester Red Wings (@RocRedWings) June 21, 2015
Not bad for a guy who had been mostly idle since March. Santana signed the biggest free agent contract in Twins history over the winter — four years, $54 million — after posting a 3.95 ERA and 179/63 K/BB ratio across 196 innings last season for the Braves. He had a 3.24 ERA in 211 innings with the Royals in 2013.
MLB.com has spliced together video showing all 27 outs of Max Schezer’s no-hitter Saturday against the Pirates. You’ll also see Max hit Jose Tabata on the elbow, which cost him a perfect game …
Scherzer now has a 1.76 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, and 123/14 K/BB ratio over his first 102 1/3 innings with the Nationals. $210 million seemed like a crazy amount of money for any pitcher, but he’s on his way to justifying that contract. Scherzer’s next start is against the Phillies. Putting out a preemptive perfect game watch.