The Philadelphia Phillies entered tonight's game against the San Francisco Giants entrenched in last place in the National League East with a record of 43-56. The Phillies, who are 26th in the Major Leagues in runs scored, banged out 14 hits, but left 11 men on base. One player which may provide a spark to the offense is power-hitting right hander Darin Ruf, who has been called up to replace the injured John Mayberry Jr, who has been placed on the disabled list.
The Tampa Bay Rays enter the first game of an interleague series against the St. Louis Cardinals with a record of 47-53, last in the American League East. The Rays have played better of late, having won 16 of their last 21 games. Much of the improvement can be attributed to the pitching staff, which has a respectable ERA of 3.76. The Rays will be without one piece of their staff, Joel Peralta, who was placed on the disabled due to a virus.
The Chicago Cubs have activated second baseman/center fielder Emilio Bonifacio from the disabled list and, to make room for him, designated second baseman Darwin Barney for assignment. Barney's DFA answers the question of what the Cubs will do with Arismendy Alcantara when Bonifacio returns.
The Texas Rangers won Monday night against the New York Yankees, however they lost a little bit as well. According to T.R. Sullivan from MLB.com the Rangers lost Geovany Soto and Jake Smolinski. Both players are hoping their injuries are not serious. Also, Jim Adduci was activated from the disabled list on Monday.
Last season, on May 29, 2013, it was reported by Will Carroll from Bleacher Report that Chicago Cubs reliever Kyuji Fujikawa was a victim of the dreaded Tommy John surgery. He was out for the 2013 season. On April 14, 2014 he made his first start since the surgery in an extended spring training game. He called the trainer to the mound before leaving the game with an apparent injury. He hit the 60-day disabled list on May 3, 2014. On Monday, he had his rehab assignment transferred from Class-A Kane County to Triple-A Iowa.
Left fielder Chris Young experienced cramping in his left leg in the eighth inning of the Mets 5-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com. Young did not return for the ninth inning and is labeled "day to day." His line is .202/.288/.352 (OPS+ 82) with eight homers and 27 RBI in 75 games.
The Cleveland Indians lost to the Minnesota Twins on Monday by the score of 4-3. The loss, which dropped the Twins to 50-49, was their second straight following three consecutive wins over the Detroit Tigers. The Indians had eight hits, but left eight men on base in the loss. Jason Kipnis, who heated up against the Tigers going 5-for-15, was just 1-for-5. Although named American League Player of the Week on Monday, he's still bothered by his right oblique which sidelined him at the end of April.
The Los Angeles Angels lost to the Baltimore Orioles on Monday by the score of 4-2. The loss dropped the Angels to 59-39, second in the American League West. Although leading the league in runs scored, the Angels are in the middle of the pack in ERA at 3.78. One pitcher who hopes to help later this second half is left hander C.J. Wilson, who has been out with an ankle injury.
The Arizona Diamondbacks lost to the Detroit Tigers on Monday by the score of 4-3. Aaron Hill went 2-for-4 for the Diamondbacks in a losing effort. The loss dropped the Diamondbacks to 43-57, fourth in the National League West. The Diamondbacks played without Cody Ross in the starting lineup, due to a calf injury.
Three key players on the Los Angeles Dodgers squad are dealing with injury: Josh Beckett, Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez. The results of the follow up X-rays on Ramirez and Puig were negative and they are both still "sore." Beckett is expected to make his return from the disabled list and start on the road against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday as reported by Timothy Downs from RantSports.com. This is great news for the Dodgers because they are tied for first in the National League West and are looking to claim first over the San Francisco Giants.
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips had surgery on July 11 to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb and is expected to miss a total of six to eight weeks. It appears now, that the six-week time frame is more likely, meaning late August for his return. In addition, first baseman Joey Votto is also on schedule to return from his strained left quadriceps in time for the September stretch after receiving another round of plasma injections.
The Boston Red Sox hammered the Toronto Blue Jays Monday night by the score of 14-1. At 25th in the Major Leagues in runs scored, the 14-run explosion was a great thing to see for the Red Sox. The win improved the Red Sox to 47-52, seven games out in the American League East. On the injury front, backup catcher Ryan Lavarnway continued his rehab assignment at Double-A Portland on Monday night.
The Minnesota Twins entered Monday night's game against the Cleveland Indians in last place in the American League Central with a record of 44-53. The offense has been solid at 11th in the league in runs scored, but the main problem for the Twins has been a pitching staff that is 27th in the league in ERA. Two key members of the team, Joe Mauer and Ricky Nolasco, are improving in their recovery from injuries, but are still not ready to return.