Surgery possible for Beltran

BY John Halpin • May 14, 2014

The hits just keep on coming for the Yankees. OF Carlos Beltran received a cortisone shot to deal with the bone spur in his right elbow. They'll wait two or three days to see if the elbow responds, but if it doesn't, surgery is possible. Keep your fingers crossed if you own Beltran, and if you're a Yankee fan. If only they had some money to patch these roster holes.

On to the rest of the news:

Though we probably knew this already, it sounds like Jose Fernandez's Tommy John surgery is a done deal. Too bad.

Brewers OF Carlos Gomez left Tuesday's game due to lower back tightness. Between that issue and a looming suspension - even if reduced - you should be careful about starting Gomez in daily lineup leagues.

Streaming starters: Mike Leake was really good on Tuesday, so we're up to 26-17 for the season. Today's pick is Brandon McCarthy (owned in 1.9 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) against the Nationals, while Thursday's selection is Phil Hughes (7.9 percent owned) versus the Red Sox. Hughes has sucked me into a vortex of fantasy misery more than once before, but I'm intrigued by his 32:6 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Scheduling note: There are seven afternoon games today, starting with Tigers-O's at 12:35 p.m. ET. Set your lineups early.

Top prospect Kevin Gausman has been promoted to start today for the Orioles. Gausman had a 2.08 ERA in six Triple-A starts, and struggled a bit recently after being diagnosed with pneumonia. If Gausman pitches well, he should stick around. 

Looking for clarity on the Mets' closer situation? BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! On Tuesday, manager Terry Collins said the situation is "kind of game by game," and aspiring closer Jeurys Familia allowed a hit and two walks during his ninth-inning appearance against the Yankees.

Rangers SP Matt Harrison left Tuesday's game during the second inning due to a stiff back. For a guy with a history of back issues, this could be a problem. 

With Omar Infante (back) on the DL, Johnny Giavotella will start at second base for the Royals. Johnny G is OK for short-term AL-only help, but the team has never seemed to like him, so don't get too attached.

The Cardinals placed SP Tyler Lyons (shoulder) on the DL, and might activate Jaime Garcia to replace him for a Saturday start. Garcia hasn't pitched for the Cards since last May due to shoulder surgery.

With CF Colby Rasmus (hamstring) still day to day, the Blue Jays recalled Kevin Pillar and started him last night. If Rasmus happens to go on the DL, Pillar (23 SB in the minors last season) could be a decent source of AL-only speed.

Rays OF Wil Myers made his second appearance of the season at first base on Tuesday, and could be in line for more time there. If you own Myers, you might get a positional eligibility boost soon.

White Sox 1B Jose Abreu has been struggling with an ankle injury, and will get a day off either today or Friday.

The A's are sticking with a closer committee for the time being. Booooooooo.

In Braves' news, the team will employ a six-man rotation through at least next week, and appears ready to give Tyler Pastornicky a chance at the everyday second-base job. Pastornicky is more glove than bat, so don't get too excited.

Pirates OF Starling Marte is still day to day with back tightness. Marte hasn't played since Saturday.

Holy cow, Dallas Keuchel!

Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer (hamstring) will begin a rehab assigment today, and hopes to come off the DL early next week.

The Dodgers are hoping to get catcher A.J. Ellis back in the lineup today, with 3B Juan Uribe (hamstring) to follow on Friday.

See you back here tomorrow morning.


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