The Nationals placed third baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-Day DL, due to a strained left hamstring. To take his roster spot temporarily, the Nationals called up former number 6 overall pick in 2011, Anthony Rendon, who was regarded as top talent that year. There were injury speculations for Rendon, and he didn't prove them wrong. He missed the majority of his first professional season with a broken ankle.
This year, Rendon was rated by MLB.com as the 28th best prospect in all of baseball. Thus far, Rendon has been playing for the Harrisburg Senators of AA. He has a .292/.462/.500 line with 2 HR and 7 RBI in 14 games. And he has a career minor league line of .249/.391/.492 with 8 HR and 19 RBI.
Zimmerman, on the other hand, will be mightly missed. Even with a .226/.311/.358 line with 1 HR and 11 RBI, Zim has a career .287/.353/.477 line with 154 HR and 604 RBI, and has played well, even through the bad of the Nationals.
It'll be exciting to watch Rendon, and if he does well, the Nationals may have a problem. We'll just have to see.
The day after the police caught suspect #2 from the Boston Marathon bombing, the Red Sox resumed play. Both the Sox and Royals were wearing patches that said "Boston Strong." The fans continued the new Boston tradition of singing the national anthem, which was started three days ago at a Bruins game at the Garden.
After going the first four scoreless, the Royals came through in the top of the fifth with a Jeff Francoeur RBI Single. But, when the dust settled, the Sox were on top 4-3.
And, the Sox finish off a saddened week with a happy win. This win was more than 1 of 162 games. It showed that Boston is strong and will stay standing after the horrifing events in this past week.
The AL East race just got a little tighter. Like it wasn't already. It has been revealed that, Derek Jeter, shortstop for the New York Yankees, will be out until after this year's all star break. He has a small crack in his left ankle, which was surgically repaired after dislocating it in Game 1 of the ALCS.
The Yankees originally hoped for Jeter to be ready for Opening Day, but they'll just have to wait until July. Jeter has not appeared in any games this season.
This tough loss for the Yankees will just get tougher. Jeter, the captain on the team, is a career .313 hitter with 255 HR, and 1,254 RBI. He has 3,304 hits as well with his 3,000th being a HR. Jeter, 39, has appeared in 13 All-Star Games in only 18 years in the league.
The Yankees have delt pretty well without Jeter through April thus far. But, now they'll have to deal with it until July. It'll hurt, but the AL East race will continue to get interesting.
Jose Reyes, the shortstop for the Toronto Blue Jays, injured his ankle sliding into second base on Friday and was forced to leave the game. Later, it was announced that Reyes had a severe ankle sprain and could be out of baseball action for 1-3 months.
Reyes, acquired from the Marlins in the offseason, was supposed to help the Blue Jays get to the postseason for the first time since they won the World Series in 1993. And, don't get me wrong, he will be a very hard spot to fill at shortstop.
Reyes has a career .292/.343/.440 line, which is very impressive because he has never hit more than 16 HR. He does have 111 Triples, and 415 SB for his career. The speed demon was supposed to get on base and steal bases, to get into scoring position for the Blue Jays. He won't be doing that for 1-3 months.
The four-time all star will just have to wait.
Zach Greinke and Carlos Quentin went at it on Thursday, as both benches cleared after Greinke hit Quentin. Matt Kemp, the Dodgers centerfielder, was almost hit earlier in the game.
No suspensions have been issued, but if Greinke happened to be suspended he will proabably be missing the time due to his collarbone injury. Quentin, on the other hand, may not be as fortunate, as he is healthy and did start the brawl.
Quentin claimed that Greinke said something along his walk to first. Greinke just defended himself in the brawl. I don't think his suspension should be as long as Quentin, but if the MLB does think Greinke started it, he maybe recieving the same suspension length as Quentin.
Two other players, Matt Kemp and Jerry Hairston Jr., were both ejected from the game along with Greinke and Quentin.