Sluggers Harper, Davis to DL
MASN, the Nationals-Orioles joint cable TV network, will be without two of its marquee attractions for awhile. Nats OF Bryce Harper has been placed on the DL with a thumb injury, and there are worries that he has ligament damage that will result in a six-to-eight week absence. However, it might be just swelling, and we should know more details in a day or two. Keep your fingers crossed if you own Harper, and look for Nate McLouth to get most of the starts in his absence.
Orioles 1B Chris Davis is on the DL with an oblique injury. I've joked here previously that the word oblique is French for "four to six weeks," but we don't yet know how Davis' recovery will go. Expect him to be out for a month, and hope for less.
Potential replacements for Harper include Eric Young (owned in 10.2 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) if you'd like speed, and Chris Carter (5.2 percent owned) if you can use the power. Carter also has the 1B eligibility required to replace Davis, and Adam Dunn (11.3 percent owned) is widely available as well. If you're in an AL- or NL-only league and need to dig a little deeper, send me a tweet (@jhalpin37) and I'll be happy to help.
On to the rest of the news:
Streaming starters: Jose Quintana wasn't so great on Thursday, Rick Porcello got a win on Friday, Dan Straily was solid on Saturday, and Dillon Gee dominated the Marlins on Sunday. We're up to 17-10 for the season.
It's been a nice month so far, hasn't it, Jose Abreu owners?
Padres OF Cameron Maybin (0.2 percent owned) came off the DL on Sunday. I'd like to own him in a 12-team mixed league, or anything deeper.
Closer alert! With Jason Grilli (oblique) on the DL for the Pirates - along with teammate Russell Martin (hamstring) - Mark Melancon (19 percent owned) will close games in Pittsburgh for at least a week.
Devin Mesoraco is on the DL again? Too bad, but he isn't expected to miss much time.
Nice bounceback start for Danny Salazar on Sunday. Let's hope he keeps it up.
Rockies C Wilin Rosario will have an MRI today on the sore hand that kept him on the bench Sunday.
See you back here tomorrow morning.