THT Daily: Zambrano Gets Six

Major League News for May 29

Player News
Yesterday’s Results
Today’s Games
Standings
Top Minor League Performances

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Player News

Player Headlines are courtesy of Rotoworld
Brandon Webb (shoulder) expects to return before the All-Star break.
Webb played catch from 115 feet Tuesday and called it his best throwing session thus far. “I talked to some people, and they said it could be between four -to six weeks, and then I think Bartolo Colon was out the whole year with this,” he said. “It just depends on the person and how they treat it, probably.” He’ll attempt to pitch on flat ground early next week.

Multiple sources now maintain that Rockies manager Clint Hurdle won’t make it through the weekend.
Then again, if the Rox go out and sweep the Padres at Coors Field, we could all be signing a different tune on Monday. One thing is for sure: Dragging this out for weeks on end won’t help anyone, or anything. Stay tuned.

Brett Myers will have a second opinion on his ailing right hip before he makes any decision about surgery.
Myers is obviously hoping to the avoid the procedure. “I don’t know what I am going to do,” Myers told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “First I am going to get a second opinion. . . . I am going to explore every option I need to to keep pitching, but if he tells me, ‘It’s over, you need to have [surgery] now or you could cause damage,’ I will have it. I have to. It’s a no-brainer.”

Pirates manager John Russell announced Thursday that closer Matt Capps (elbow) will avoid the disabled list.
Capps will throw a side session at PNC park Friday afternoon and could be game-ready by the end of the weekend. “I don’t think I ever thought about the disabled list,” Russell said Wednesday. “We didn’t think it was going to be a two-week thing. He felt good enough to play some catch [Thursday], and that’s a great sign.”

Carlos Zambrano was suspended by Major League Baseball for six games.
Zambrano will not appeal the decision and will miss one start because of the suspension, which begins Thursday. He bumped into umpire Mark Carlson during his tirade Wednesday after being tossed from the game for disputing a call. It’s unclear who’ll start in his place at this point.

Following an MRI on his ailing right hip, surgery may be an option for Brett Myers.
The MRI revealed fraying and possible tearing in the labrum of the hip. He’ll seek a second opinion before making a decision. “It is possible that Brett will not make his next start. That decision as well as any decision on a possible DL stint or surgery will be determined at a later date,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement. Myers is 4-3 with a 4.66 ERA in 10 starts for the Phillies this season.

Rangers owner Tom Hicks is open to selling control of the team.
Hicks has had full control of the club since he purchased the team for $250 million in 1998. “I’ve been trying to sell a minority interest in the Rangers,” Hicks said. “I’ve had a number of interested parties that I’m talking to. Now I’m prepared to expand that to people who are interested in a controlling interest.” Giving up controlling interest would require the approval of the other 29 owners. Hicks said a sale could be completed between now and the end of the season.

Ryan Doumit (wrist) has been cleared to resume rehabilitation immediately after a CT scan on Thursday showed good healing.
According to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Doumit will wear a cast for a short time, but could resume throwing as early this week. His estimated return in June looked in doubt earlier this week, but he could be back on track. Still, expect the Pirates to show caution with his rehab.

Major League Baseball is reviewing Carlos Zambrano’s tirade from Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Pirates.
Them and everyone else. After getting thrown out of Wednesday’s game following a disputed call at the plate, Zambrano bumped into umpire Mark Carlson, among other things. He’s likely facing a suspension for the incident, but MLB spokesman Pat Courtney told ESPNChicago.com’s Bruce Levine that they are uncertain when a ruling will be handed out.


Yesterday’s Results

For the full scoop regarding yesterday’s games, read “And That Happened” at Shysterball.

American League
BAL     5  DET     1    (Recap and Boxscore)
CLE     2  TB      1    (Recap and Boxscore)
BOS     3  MIN     1    (Recap and Boxscore)

National League
LAN     2  CHN     1    (Recap and Boxscore)
ARI     5  ATL     2    (Recap and Boxscore)

Check out Fangraphs’ scoreboard to see all the games in action.


Today’s Games

National League
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 Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 PM
  (R) Chad Billingsley (6-2) vs. (L) Ted Lilly (5-4)
 Houston Astros at Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:05 PM
  (R) Brian Moehler (1-3) vs. (R) Ross Ohlendorf (5-4)
 Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies, 7:05 PM
  (L) Ross Detwiler (0-0) vs. (L) J.A. Happ (2-0)
 Florida Marlins at New York Mets, 7:10 PM
  (L) Sean West (0-0) vs. (R) Mike Pelfrey (4-1)
 Cincinnati Reds at Milwaukee Brewers, 8:05 PM
  (R) Johnny Cueto (4-2) vs. (R) Braden Looper (4-3)
 San Diego Padres at Colorado Rockies, 9:10 PM
  (R) Chris Young (4-2) vs. (R) Jason Marquis (6-3)
 Atlanta Braves at Arizona Diamondbacks, 9:40 PM
  (R) Jair Jurrjens (4-2) vs. (R) Jon Garland (4-3)
 St. Louis Cardinals at San Francisco Giants, 10:15 PM
  (R) Joel Pineiro (5-4) vs. (R) Matt Cain (5-1)
 
 American League
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 Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers, 5:05 PM
  (L) Josh Outman (2-0) vs. (R) Tommy Hunter (0-0)
 New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians, 7:05 PM
  (L) Andy Pettitte (4-1) vs. (L) Cliff Lee (2-5)
 Detroit Tigers at Baltimore Orioles, 7:05 PM
  (L) Dontrelle Willis (1-1) vs. (R) Brad Bergesen (1-2)
 Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays, 7:07 PM
  (R) Tim Wakefield (6-2) vs. (R) Casey Janssen (0-1)
 Minnesota Twins at Tampa Bay Rays, 7:38 PM
  (R) Scott Baker (2-5) vs. (R) James Shields (3-4)
 Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals, 8:10 PM
  (L) Clayton Richard (1-0) vs. (R) Brian Bannister (4-1)
 Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers, 8:35 PM
  (R) Edgar Gonzalez (0-0) vs. (R) Scott Feldman (3-0)
 Seattle Mariners at LA Angels of Anaheim, 10:05 PM
  (L) Jason Vargas (1-0) vs. (R) John Lackey (1-0)


Standings

The graphics next to each team are called “sparklines.” They depict each team’s performance over the last month. Each “up” bar is a victory and a “down” bar is a loss. There are horizontal lines for home games and red bars represent games decided by two runs or less. “PWins” is short for Projected Wins, based on each team’s Run Differential, and is often a better measure of a team’s true strength. Other team graphs and stats can be found on our Team Page.


American League East        Pwins  Diff
BOS     28  20 .583    0.0   27     1    sparkline graph
NYA     27  20 .574    0.5   25     2    sparkline graph
TOR     27  23 .540    2.0   28    -1    sparkline graph
TB      23  27 .460    6.0   28    -5    sparkline graph
BAL     22  26 .458    6.0   21     1    sparkline graph
American League Central     
DET     26  20 .565    0.0   27    -1    sparkline graph
MIN     24  25 .490    3.5   26    -2    sparkline graph
KC      23  24 .489    3.5   23     0    sparkline graph
CHA     21  25 .457    5.0   20     1    sparkline graph
CLE     21  28 .429    6.5   24    -3    sparkline graph
American League West        
TEX     27  19 .587    0.0   25     2    sparkline graph
LAA     24  22 .522    3.0   22     2    sparkline graph
SEA     22  26 .458    6.0   20     2    sparkline graph
OAK     18  26 .409    8.0   20    -2    sparkline graph


National League East        Pwins  Diff
NYN     26  20 .565    0.0   26     0    sparkline graph
PHI     25  20 .556    0.5   24     1    sparkline graph
ATL     23  24 .489    3.5   22     1    sparkline graph
FLA     22  26 .458    5.0   20     2    sparkline graph
WAS     13  33 .283   13.0   18    -5    sparkline graph
National League Central     
STL     28  19 .596    0.0   27     1    sparkline graph
MIL     27  20 .574    1.0   25     2    sparkline graph
CIN     26  20 .565    1.5   24     2    sparkline graph
CHN     23  23 .500    4.5   23     0    sparkline graph
PIT     21  26 .447    7.0   24    -3    sparkline graph
HOU     18  27 .400    9.0   19    -1    sparkline graph
National League West        
LAN     34  15 .694    0.0   33     1    sparkline graph
SD      24  23 .511    9.0   20     4    sparkline graph
SF      23  23 .500    9.5   23     0    sparkline graph
ARI     21  27 .438   12.5   21     0    sparkline graph
COL     18  28 .391   14.5   21    -3    sparkline graph


Top Minor League Games

The following list, provided by First Inning, includes the top minor league batting (based on Runs Created) and pitching (based on Game Score) performances from yesterday.

ORG LVL PLAYER            AB  H 2B 3B HR BB SO  Notes
CLE AA  Nicholas Weglarz.. 4  2  0  0  2  1  1  3 R
NYY A+  Jesus Montero..... 4  3  0  0  2  0  0  3 R
PHI A   Anthony Gose...... 4  3  1  0  0  0  1  3 SB
OAK AAA Aaron Cunningham.. 5  3  1  0  1  0  0  
NYM AA  Joshua Thole...... 3  2  2  0  0  1  0  
KC  A   Eric Hosmer....... 4  2  2  0  0  0  0  
OAK A+  Jemile Weeks...... 6  3  0  0  1  0  2  
ARI AA  Cyle Hankerd...... 4  3  0  0  1  0  0  
CIN AAA Daniel Dorn....... 4  3  0  0  1  0  0  
COL AAA Eric Young........ 4  1  0  1  0  1  0  2 SB
STL AAA Jonathan Jay...... 5  2  2  0  0  0  1  
OAK A   Dustin Coleman.... 5  1  0  0  1  1  2  

ORG LVL PLAYER            IP  H  R ER SO BB HR  Notes
NYY A   Brett Marshall.... 6  5  0  0  9  1  0  
NYY A+  D.J. Mitchell..... 6  3  2  1  8  2  0  
COL AA  Esmil Rogers...... 7  3  3  2  5  2  0  
MIL A+  Jeremy Jeffress... 5  3  2  2  9  5  0  
KC  AAA Luke Hochevar..... 6  8  3  2  6  1  0  13 GB
CIN A   Matthew Fairel.... 6  4  0  0  5  2  0  12 GB
BOS AA  Junichi Tazawa.... 5  3  2  2  7  2  1  
BAL A+  Zachary Britton... 7  4  2  1  5  4  0  13 GB
CHC AA  Casey Coleman..... 7  7  3  3  3  1  0  
DET A   Casey Crosby...... 6  4  0  0  5  4  0  
BAL AA  Jake Arrieta...... 6  6  2  2  5  3  0  
ATL A+  Cole Rohrbough.... 5  5  3  3  4  2  0  10 GB
First Inning’s Major and Minor League Daily Reports:

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