Boston Red Sox first baseman David Ortiz rounds third base. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE
The latest from around MLB as we round out the week...
- After ESPN's Buster Olney wrote about discontent and discord in the Boston Red Sox clubhouse, the usually chipper David Ortiz let loose on the media. "It's starting to become the s--- hole that it used to be," Ortiz said. "Look around, bro. Playing here used to be so much fun, and now every day it's something new not even related to baseball. People need to leave us alone and let us play ball, man, and let us do what we know how to do." Ortiz, himself, is playing quite well this year - he's hitting .310/.395/.607 - but it seems like the team has never fully been able to get over last September's collapse, and subsequent fallout.
- A number of notable players are just now returning from injury or are set to return. Alex Avila is expected back soon from his hamstring injury, Jared Weaver came back Wednesday night from a back injury (and threw six scoreless), Stephen Drew is expected to finally make his season debut next week after being out for a year with an ankle injury, and Drew Storen is ready to face hitters after having bone chips removed from his elbow in April.
- But the baseball gods of health haven't been so kind to everyone. Troy Tulowitzki, who's been dealing with a groin injury, had surgery to remove scar tissue removed from the area, and will be out an additional six weeks or more.
- And then there's Brandon Beachy, who was in the middle of what could have been a Cy Young season when he felt pain in his elbow. Tests revealed a slight tear in his ulnar collateral ligament, and yesterday, he went ahead with Tommy John surgery. It's a bummer for the Braves and for Beachy.
- In case you didn't know already, the Rockies are using a four-man rotation, where each starter goes a maximum of 75 pitches, and then the bullpen takes over. It's still too early to evaluate the results, but it'll be an interesting experiment to watch.
- Get ready for a movie based on Josh Hamilton's life. And get ready for t-shirts featuring Bryce Harper's "clown question, bro" remark.
- FanGraphs analyzes why first baseman disproportionately are paid more for each win they provide a team than other positions. The conclusion? We're just not sure, Dude.