World of hurt: Mauer to DL, Hanley next?
We got injury news about a couple of big-name players on Thursday. Twins 1B Joe Mauer has been placed on the DL with an oblique injury. He's eligible to return on July 18, right after the All-Star break. Mauer hasn't exactly been great this season, but since he's still eligible at catcher, he's useful. Next season ... ugh.
Hanley Ramirez didn't play Wednesday - it was his eighth time out of the lineup in the last nine days - and the Dodgers will reportedly decide today if he needs a DL stint. If Ramirez goes on the shelf, he'll also be eligible to return on July 18.
Wednesday's studs & duds
Stud: A's OF/1B Brandon Moss went four-for-four with a homer and four RBI. We're not calling him a fluke any more, right?
News & notes
So, Red Sox closer Koji Uehara is feeling some fatigue, huh? Don't panic if you own Koji, but feel free to worry a little. In other Sox' news, a demotion to the minors for Xander Bogaerts is apparently not under consideration.
Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong (shoulder) had a walk and a homer in a Wednesday rehab game, and could come off the DL on Sunday. In other Cardinals' news, Oscar Taveras played center field last night, with Allen Craig in right and Matt Adams at first base. I bet Adams sits today against Madison Bumgarner.
Brad Boxberger got the Rays' save against the Yankees. After the game, manager Joe Maddon said, "We're building this combination with Jake and The Box." Funny, and possibly revealing about Boxberger and lefty Jake McGee as a one-two punch to lead the Rays' closer committee.
Brewers' pitching prospect Jimmy Nelson had another stellar outing on Wednesday, lowering his Triple-A ERA to 1.56. When is Nelson going to take Marco Estrada's rotation slot? Since the Brew Crew is in first place, they can afford to be patient.
Charlie Morton was strong again for the streaking Pirates, so we're up to 52-39 for the season. Today's pick is Vance Worley (owned in 8.7 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) versus the Diamondbacks, while Friday's selection is Jon Niese (28.2 percent owned) against the Rangers at CitiField.
See you back here tomorrow morning, possibly with fireworks.