Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter entered play Wednesday batting .380/.426/.640 in 54 plate appearances and he added to that impressive slash line in the top of the first inning …
Carpenter has made two straight National League All-Star teams. He’s well on his way to his third straight.
Rockies left fielder Corey Dickerson made an early exit from Monday’s series opener against the Padres after experiencing a flareup of the plantar fasciitis in his left foot and he was given the day off Tuesday.
And third baseman Nolan Arenado missed each of those games due to mild soreness in his left wrist. But they’ve both returned for Wednesday night’s tilt against San Diego ace James Shields …
Dickerson and Arenado have combined for five homers, 20 RBI, and 18 runs scored in 10 games this year.
Wilin Rosario exploded onto the MLB scene in 2012, tallying 28 home runs and 71 RBI over 117 games as a 23-year-old. But his home run total fell to 21 in 2013 and then 13 in 2014, and he never showed any sort of defensive improvement at catcher or first base. The swift career decline continues in 2015 …
According to MLB.com’s Thomas Harding, the 26-year-old slugger was officially optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday afternoon. The move clears a 25-man roster spot for reliever John Axford, who was away from the Rockies for the last 10 days to be with his young son Jameson, who got bitten twice by a rattlesnake last month in Arizona.
Rosario is going to be the everyday first baseman at Albuquerque. He’s probably done catching for good.
Some positive news on the Joe Nathan front.
According to James Schmehl of MLive.com, the veteran closer has been cleared to make a rehab appearance Wednesday and Triple-A Toledo and he anticipates rejoining the Tigers after just one outing.
Nathan was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 8 with a Grade 1 flexor strain in his elbow. He’d made just one appearance for Detroit this year, earning a one-out save on Opening Day against the Twins.
Joakim Soria has picked up five saves in Nathan’s absence, but he’ll be moved back to a setup role.
Kris Bryant went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his major league debut last Friday afternoon against the Padres, but he’s now batting .444 with a 1.194 OPS through 24 plate appearances. Addison Russell will be hoping for a similar type of turnaround.
Russell finished 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in his Cubs debut on Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, though Chicago still managed to pull out a 9-8 victory.
Russell had a pretty good RBI opportunity in the top of the eighth inning when Starlin Castro singled and Miguel Montero was intentionally walked, but the 21-year-old top prospect lined out to Pirates shortstop Jung Ho Kang. That was Russell’s final at-bat of the night.
Russell started at second base Tuesday and batted ninth. A bit of trivia here: The last — and only — National League position player to bat ninth in his major league debut was Mark Little of the Cardinals in 1998.