Watch as Phillies starter Chad Billingsley goes yard off Bartolo Colon. What year is it again?
That was the third career home run for Billingsley, who turns 31 years old in July. It’s the 336th home run Colon has surrendered in his 18-year major league career. He turns 42 years old later this month.
Matt Carpenter was held back in St. Louis this weekend as the Cardinals traveled to Pittsburgh because the star third baseman was dealing with a range of concerning symptoms like an accelerated heart rate and extreme fatigue. What’s at the root of those symptoms isn’t quite clear. Maybe he really is just tired after a hugely-productive first four weeks.
Whatever the case, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes Sunday that the Cardinals are anticipating Carpenter will feel well enough to join them Tuesday evening in Cleveland for the opening of a three-game interleague series against the Tribe. Here’s more from Goold’s report …
Matheny reiterated the team’s expectation that Carpenter, given four consecutive games off, will rejoin the team Tuesday in Cleveland, ready to play. Carpenter experienced dizziness, trouble sleeping and an accelerated heart rate last week. Matheny said the team’s first suspicion was a virus, but that wasn’t found via tests.
The team did run a battery of tests on Carpenter to determine if he was dealing with a cardiovascular issue, and when asked about that Saturday, Matheny said he “hasn’t heard one thing like that.”
Carpenter was batting .333/.403/.620 with five home runs, 14 doubles, 20 RBI, and 23 runs scored through his first 27 games this season. Mark Reynolds is at third base in Sunday’s series finale against the Pirates.
Watch this feature from MLB Network on Andrew Cashner and his mother, who is fighting cancer …
As you probably heard in that video, Cashner is starting for the Padres on Sunday afternoon at Arizona’s Chase Field. Pretty special. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there from us at HardballTalk.
From the official Twitter account of the Toronto Blue Jays …
Saunders tore the meniscus in his left knee in late February when he stepped on a sprinkler head while shagging fly balls at the Blue Jays’ spring training complex in Dunedin, Florida. Initial reports suggested he would be out until the All-Star break, but the 28-year-old outfielder made it back before the end of April. And maybe that’s the problem — that he rushed his rehab. Saunders needed fluid drained from the surgically-repaired knee early last week and then got a cortisone injection a few days later. Now the Jays have decided that he’s better off getting some extended rest. It’s not clear when he might be ready to return.
Saunders looked like a sneaky-good acquisition for Toronto this offseason. He had a strong .791 OPS (128 OPS+) in 2014 for the Mariners and flirted with a 20-homer, 20-steal season with Seattle in 2012. Chris Colabello is starting in left field for the Blue Jays in Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Red Sox.
The move is official, via beat writer Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe …
Craig went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Saturday’s loss to the Blue Jays, dropping his season slash line to .135/.237/.192. Since last year’s trade that sent him from St. Louis to Boston, the 30-year-old outfielder is batting .130/.235/.192 with 53 strikeouts in 166 plate appearances. This from a guy who ranked among the most productive hitters in baseball between 2011-2013. Craig really hasn’t been the same since suffering a Lisfranc injury while running the bases in late 2013. And the Red Sox still owe him $26.5 million.
Joe Kelly, the other piece from that trade with the Cardinals, walked seven batters and surrendered six earned runs over 5 2/3 innings Saturday in Toronto. He has a 6.35 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in six outings this year. John Lackey, meanwhile, boasts a 3.20 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in six starts for St. Louis. On a $507,000 salary.