Casey Kelly SP SD 5 Hrs
Casey Kelly (elbow) is ready to begin a rehab assignment after throwing 41 pitches Tuesday in an extended spring training game.
"He said he felt great," said Padres assistant general manager A.J. Hinch. Kelly is expected to begin a rehab assignment with High-A Lake Elsinore later this week. He's had a few starts and stops along the way but could be an option for the Padres sometime next month if he continues to progress.
Mike Trout LF/CF LAA 5 Hrs
Mike Trout went 1-for-5 and scored two runs as the Angels defeated the Nationals on Tuesday.
Trout struck out three times, the continuation of an uncharacteristic trend. He has now struck out in 15 of his last 38 plate appearances. His 28 percent strikeout rate on the season is well above last season's 19 percent rate. Trout has still been incredibly productive, but it's something to keep an eye on.
Chris Colabello 1B/RF.. MIN 5 Hrs
Chris Colabello went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's loss to the Rays.
Those waiting for Colabello's insane production to fall off will continue to wait, as he took David Price deep for his second home run of the season in Tuesday's loss. Home runs is one of the only categories in which he's not among the league leaders, as he leads the AL with 22 RBI, is third in batting average (.347) and fourth in OPS (.945) through 19 games.
Denard Span CF WAS 5 Hrs
Denard Span went 0-for-3 with a walk as the Nationals lost to the Angels on Tuesday.
Span is hitting an unimpressive .208 now with a .585 OPS, though some of his more recent struggles may be explained by the concussion symptoms he has dealt with lately. He was slow to start 2013 as well, but still finished with numbers below expectations. The Nationals can't afford to have a player with a sub-.300 on-base percentage at the top of the batting order.
Alex Guerrero 2B LAD 5 Hrs
Dodgers second base prospect Alex Guerrero is batting .467/.568/.900 with two homers in his first nine games at Triple-A Albuquerque.
Guerrero missed some action with a strained oblique but has made up for lost time. While the great start at the dish is nice to see, manager Don Mattingly indicated that Guerrero still needs to work on his defense before being considered for a promotion. "That kind of stuff doesn't happen overnight," he said. "Eight games, you're not going to see much difference in that amount of time."
Ben Zobrist 2B/SS.. TB 5 Hrs
Ben Zobrist went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in a win over the Twins on Tuesday.
Zobrist was on base three times, as he also walked while batting leadoff in the game. On top of scoring twice -- his 16 runs scored ranks third in the American League -- he also stole his second base of the year. The 32-year-old is batting .307 with an .862 OPS through 20 games.
Tyler Skaggs SP LAA 5 Hrs
Tyler Skaggs got the win with a quality effort in Tuesday's start against the Nationals, allowing two runs over seven innings.
Skaggs was a bit spotty with his control, but was able to stay out of trouble against a Washington offense that looked impotent. Skaggs allowed three hits, walked four, and struck out five. He has been effective to start the season, carrying a 3.21 ERA despite an unimpressive strikeout rate. The lefty will face the Indians when he next takes the mound.
Matt Joyce LF/RF.. TB 5 Hrs
Matt Joyce went 2-for-5 with two RBI in a win over the Twins on Tuesday.
Joyce had two of the Rays' 12 hits on the day, and his two-run double in the fourth inning capped the scoring. The runs batted in gave him 10 RBI for the year. He's been hot to start the year, batting .347/.452/.571 while cycling between the outfield and DH.
Johnny Cueto SP CIN 5 Hrs
Johnny Cueto dominated the Pirates in his Tuesday night start, allowing one run over nine innings as the Reds earned the 4-1 victory.
Cueto carried a shutout into the ninth inning, but it was anticlimactically ended by Andrew McCutchen's one-out solo home run. He was otherwise dominant, inducing plenty of weak contact. Overall, Cueto allowed three hits, walked three, and struck out four while lowering his ERA to 1.38. He'll face the Braves next.
David DeJesus LF/CF TB 5 Hrs
David DeJesus went 3-for-4 with three RBI in Tuesday's win over the Twins.
DeJesus didn't have a hit in his previous 21 at-bats before Tuesday's outburst. He had an RBI single in the first inning before delivering a two-run single in the third. It was his first multi-hit game since April 6, and the runs batted in were his first of the year as he's started slow out of the gate.