Big names returning to fold
- While the 15-day disabled list grew
larger Monday with the addition of Carlos Beltran and Ervin Santana, two big
names returned to action on Tuesday: Grady Sizemore and Joey Votto, both of
whom were officially activated just hours ago.
- Ryan Howard will likely rejoin the
Phillies lineup as the designated hitter after being hospitalized this past
weekend because of “acute sinusitis.”
- And then there’s the curious case
of Magglio Ordonez, who’s been benched since June 17 by Tigers manager Jim
Leyland in order to “get away from it.” The “it” he’s referring to is the pedestrian
year Magglio is having (.273 AVG, 3 HR, 17 RBIs), as well as rumors surrounding
his potential release/trade.
- Also expected back are Cubs
outfielders Alfonso Soriano and Milton Bradley after getting Monday off.
- Other notable players hoping to
crack Tuesday’s lineup include Justin Morneau (general body soreness), Jermaine
Dye (calf), Johnny Damon (calf), Yunel Escobar (hip), Adrian Beltre (shoulder),
Mike Lowell (hip), Placido Polanco (leg), Jason Kubel (illness), Jason Giambi (body
soreness), Ryan Garko (wrist), Russell Branyan (arm), Ken Griffey Jr. (knee), Chris
B. Young (groin) and Scott Hairston (biceps).
- CC Sabathia‘s availability hinges
largely on Tuesday’s bullpen session. The Yankees ace reluctantly exited during
the second inning of Sunday’s start against the Marlins because of biceps
tendinitis. If all goes well, chances are he’ll make his next scheduled start
June 26 against the Mets. A DL trip hasn’t been ruled out, either.
Three potential pickups:
Keep a close eye on Khalil Greene,
who seems to have overcome Sunday’s plunking and the social anxiety disorder
that sidelined a few weeks ago, having homered in three of five games since
returning from the 15-day DL.
Will the Tigers continue going with
Marcus Thames, who tagged three homers in two games last Thursday and Friday?
One can only hope so, considering how monstrous Thames was last June, when he
erupted for seven bombs in as many days.
Andrew Miller‘s improving command
was one of the hot topics of Monday’s spot starters of the week, and another
strong outing could make him an attractive waiver-wire option.