|Around the Major Leagues: 2013 Week 3|
Prince Fielder: AL Player of the Week
Pierce Jefferson provides updates on the major news across MLB during the third week of the season.
- Closer Joel Hanrahan will have to
sit on the bench for a couple weeks and wait out his opportunity to right the
ship on a poor start. The
- Top pitching prospect Allen Webster
got the call for the Red Sox to give the team another starter for their
day-night doubleheader against the Royals on Sunday. The talented fireballer recorded a
quality start by surrendering three runs (two earned) over six innings with five
strikeouts. Webster will be sent
back down to Triple-A but is due to play a larger role for
- Several Rays fans and
baseball pundits are calling for the promotion of top prospect Wil Myers given
their anemic offensive start to the season.
- Speaking of Rays prospects,
- Shortstop Derek Jeter received another setback this week - only this one is much greater than before. Tests revealed a small crack in his injured ankle, which will put the Yankees' most recognizable star out until sometime after the All-Star Break.
- Brett Lawrie returned to third base
for the Blue Jays on Tuesday, but the Canadian went just 4-for-23 with
nine strikeouts and no walks through the end of the week.
- Prince Fielder smashed his way to the AL Player of the Week Award for the second week of the season. The Tigers first baseman hit .632 with two home runs, four doubles, 11 RBI, and nine walks in six games.
- The Indians will be without their leadoff hitter and center fielder for at least a couple of weeks, as Michael Bourn was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a spike wound on his right index finger. Bourn was off to a hot start with a .303 batting average and .375 on-base percentage through 10 games. The speedy outfielder also popped two home runs.
- Bourn wasn't
- Power-hitting outfield prospect Oswaldo Arcia was promoted to the Twins twice this past week, the second time when outfielder Darin Mastroianni was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a stress reaction in his left ankle. Arcia singled in his first MLB at-bat and looks to make an impression in his brief time with the Twins. Be sure to tune in, as Arcia has the potential to become an All-Star in future years.
- The Astros optioned first baseman Brett Wallace to Triple-A on Thursday after his 1-for-24 start to the season. Wallace struck out a staggering 17 times, though teammate Rick Ankiel has 23 strikeouts in only 11 more at-bats.
- Albert Pujols is battling inflammation of the tissue across the bottom of his foot that has relegated him to DH duties, according to the LA Times. The Times also quoted him in saying, "I'm dying. It's hurting real bad." The foot issue hasn't stopped the future Hall of Famer from besting his poor start from last season with a .317/.436/.508 batting line.
- Matt Harrison is likely out until after the All-Star break after needing back surgery to alleviate a herniated disc. The Rangers starter was already on the disabled list with a sore back.
- The second NL Player of the Week
award goes to… drum roll… Matt Harvey of the
- Catcher John Buck blasted his seventh home run to end the week for the Mets, which is already two more than Mets catchers combined for all of last year.
- Brian McCann's rehab from shoulder surgery hit a slight delay when the catcher developed soreness in his right wrist. Expected to only miss a day or two, McCann was back on the field soon after. There is no timetable on McCann's return to the Braves lineup, though Evan Gattis has more than made up offensively for his absence.
- Young phenom Bryce Harper required an IV before the Wednesday night contest against the Marlins after missing one game with the flu. Harper then vomited between innings at one point. None of that stopped the Nationals outfielder, as Harper went 4-for-5 with a double and RBI. Harper later changed his name to Chuck Norris.
- Third base prospect Anthony Rendon blistered the ball in spring training, leading to questions about his future role with the Nationals. Ryan Zimmerman's placement on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring allowed Rendon to make his major league debut on Sunday against the Mets. The top prospect went hitless in four at-bats.
- The Cubs and City of
- The Cincinnati Inquirer examined catcher Devin Mesoraco's opportunity at cementing himself as the Reds starting catcher here. Starting catcher Ryan Hanigan was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique and is off to a rough start with only three hits in 38 at-bats.
- Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo was in the news for all the wrong reasons this past week. The right-hander received a DUI after blowing a 0.22, almost three times the legal limit of 0.08. The incident once again sparked the debate about the lack of aggression Major League Baseball has had in dealing with players and managers who receive DUIs. It begs the question at what point does something seriously wrong have to happen for MLB to take action.
- A.J. Burnett had a game that he'll remember well into his later years, as the Pirates hurler recorded his 2,000th career strikeout on Wednesday night. Burnett held the Cardinals hitless through 6 2/3 innings before allowing a double to Carlos Beltran.
- Mitchell Boggs became the third closer in the NL Central to lose his job through the first two weeks of the season. The Cardinals pitcher has allowed 13 hits and seven walks in 8.2 innings with an astronomical 12.46 earned-run average, as he has blown two saves.
- According to Bill Shaikin of the LA
Times, shortstop Hanley Ramirez vowed he would return to the Dodgers "way
sooner" than mid-May from thumb surgery.
Ramirez is hitting in the cage and taking ground balls, as Dodgers fans
cannot wait. Current
- As Dodgers fans received good news on one injury front, the medical staff produced troubling news on another. Starter Chad Billingsley faces the possibility of reconstructive surgery as the right-hander is dealing with pain in his throwing elbow. According to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times, Billingsley has been placed on the 15-day disabled list and will have his elbow examined on Tuesday.
- Center fielder Cameron Maybin swapped spots with third baseman Chase Headley, as the former went on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right wrist. Headley and his 31 home runs for the Padres made his season debut on Wednesday by going 1-for-4 in the third spot of the order.
- Dexter Fowler of the
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