Ranger danger: Choo done, Yu could be next
Sometimes, you have to wonder when the black cat crossed in front of the Texas Rangers while they walked under the ladder after breaking the mirror. OF Shin-Soo Choo is the latest casualty, as he'll miss the rest of the season due to bone spurs in his elbow that will require surgery.
Making matters worse, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported on Monday that "the chances are slim" for SP Yu Darvish to return this season. Darvish is suffering from elbow inflammation, and if he misses another week or more, he'll need a rehab assignment or simulated games before coming back. As GM Jon Daniels said, "The calendar is working against us in that regard."
On the bright side, SP Derek Holland is expected to be activated from the DL if his Thursday rehab start goes well. Holland has missed the entire 2014 season after injuring his knee while playing with his dog. There's your Ranger season in a nutshell.
Monday's studs & duds
Stud: Phillies SP A.J. Burnett struck out 12 Nationals in seven innings while allowing one run and four baserunners.
Dud: Rays SP Jake Odorizzi allowed eight runs in four-plus innings against the Orioles. Ugh.
News & notes
The Cubs will call up yet another very good prospect - OF Jorge Soler - before tonight's game. Soler, 22, has 14 home runs in 198 minor-league at bats this season, and everyone who's seen him loves his power. If you need home runs, Soler is probably worth a pickup in any format, though the caveats about possible rookie struggles always apply. Here's a recent FanGraphs' article that will help explan Soler's appeal.
The Pirates have sent rookie OF Gregory Polanco to the minors, but he could be back next week when rosters expand.
Brewers OF Ryan Braun left Monday's game due to a bruised quad, but it's apparently not serious.
The Mariners have pushed Felix Hernandez's next start from Wednesday until Friday. Nothing to worry about.
The Astros hope that OF George Springer (quad) can come off the DL early next week.
Cardinals C Yadier Molina (thumb) and SP Michael Wacha (shoulder) will start rehabbing today at Double-A Springfield, according to STLToday.com. If all goes well, Molina could be activated by the middle of next week.
The Yankees were without OF Brett Gardner (ankle) and 1B Mark Teixeira (hamstring) on Monday, but both hope to be back in the lineup tonight.
Red Sox DH David Ortiz is still day to day with a bruised foot, per the Boston Herald. On Monday, Ortiz said that he couldn't put much weight on the foot.
Padres 2B Jedd Gyorko (hamstring) is day to day, while SS Everth Cabrera (hamstring) might come off the DL as soon as next week, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Struggling Giants SP Tim Lincecum will have his Thursday start skipped, and his return to the rotation is TBD. Yusemiro Petit will start in Lincecum's place this week, while Lincecum works out of the bullpen.
Roenis Elias was good enough in a five-inning Monday outing, so we're up to 80-52 for the season. Today's pick is Jose Quintana (owned in 29.7 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) against the Indians, while Wednesday's selection is Anaheim's Hector Santiago (6.1 percent owned) at home versus the Marlins. Santiago's ERA since the beginning of June is 2.53.
See you back here tomorrow morning.