As first relayed by Mark Bowman, the Braves beat reporter for MLB.com …
O’Dowd tested positive for “testosterone metabolites of exogenous origin, a performance-enhancing substance,” per a press release from the MLB commissioner’s office. The 24-year-old catcher had been mashing to the tune of a .304/.429/.468 slash line this season at Double-A Mississippi. He batted just .271/.335/.385 in 113 games last season between High-A, Double-A, and the Arizona Fall League.
Dan O’Dowd resigned from his post as the Rockies’ general manager last October, making way for Jeff Bridich, and now serves as an analyst on MLB Network. Wonder if he’ll address this publicly.
Tuesday night belonged to Giants rookie right-hander Chris Heston, who threw the first no-hitter of the 2015 season against the Mets at Citi Field.
But how about those Toronto Blue Jays?
Edwin Encarnacion returned from a minor left shoulder injury Tuesday and slugged a walkoff two-run homer as Toronto scored a 4-3 victory over the visiting Marlins. It’s the seventh win in a row for the Blue Jays, who are now back to .500 at 30-30 and boast the very-best run differential in the American League at +54. They’re four games back of the also-streaking Yankees in the AL East standings.
Here’s the replay of that walkoff blast from Encarnacion …
Your box scores and AP recaps from Tuesday’s full slate …
Red Sox 0, Orioles 1
Nationals 1, Yankees 6
Brewers 4, Pirates 1
Marlins 3, Blue Jays 4
Cubs 0, Tigers 6
Mariners 3, Indians 2
Padres 5, Braves 6
Phillies 2, Reds 11
Giants 5, Mets 0
Angels 8, Rays 2
Astros 2, White Sox 4
Royals 2, Twins 0
Cardinals 3, Rockies 4
Rangers 2, Athletics 1
Diamondbacks 1, Dodgers 3
An MRI taken Monday night on Brandon Morrow’s throwing shoulder revealed no major structural damage, but the Padres are going to play it safe with the oft-injured starting pitcher …
Morrow was all set to return from the disabled list this Friday, but his shoulder flared up on him Sunday in a rehab start at Double-A San Antonio. The 30-year-old posted an impressive 2.73 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 23/7 K/BB ratio over his first 33 innings this season for the Padres, but he’s been on the shelf now since May 3.
Morrow signed a one-year, $2.5 million free agent contract with San Diego in mid-December. It includes around $5 million in performance-based bonuses, but he’s doubtful to trigger many of those now.
The right-hander threw just 33 1/3 innings for the Blue Jays in 2014 and 54 1/3 innings in 2013.
Astros shortstop prospect Carlos Correa launched his first MLB homer Tuesday night in Chicago …
A towering, majestic shot at that. But the Astros still fell 4-2 and are now 0-2 since Correa’s promotion.
Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings has been on the disabled list since late April with what was originally termed left knee bursitis. There’s been very little in the way of progress over the last several weeks, so beat writer Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says the Rays will have Jennings undergo a scope of his troublesome left knee Wednesday.
It’s an exploratory procedure designed to find out what exactly Jennings is dealing with. Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said the 28-year-old could be back in 3-4 weeks if nothing new is discovered.
Jennings has appeared in just 18 games this season for Tampa Bay.
He’s making a $3.1 million salary in his first year of arbitration eligibility.