|Around the Major Leagues: 2013 Week 5|
Controversy is following AL Pitcher of the Month
Updates on the major news across Major League Baseball during the fifth week of the season. League Players and Pitchers of the Month for April have been crowned.
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On to the past week in baseball!
- The following stat appears in the AL East section only because starter Brian Matusz of the Orioles issued the final strikeout of the month. According to Elias Sports Bureau, 5,992 is the number of strikeouts that were recorded throughout Major League Baseball during April. It was the highest number of strikeouts in the history of baseball for the month and the second highest for any month ever. The Houston Astros should not feel so lonely anymore.
- Orioles fans breathed a sigh of relief when Dr. James Andrews recommended and then gave pitching prospect Dylan Bundy a platelet-rich plasma injection to ail his sore right elbow. According to the Baltimore Sun, the right-hander will miss at least six weeks as he rests and rehabs, though it's much better than the 12 months that Tommy John surgery would have benched him.
- Chris Davis, who has been on a tear
- Initially expecting to miss possibly
one start, Josh Johnson was placed by the Blue Jays on the 15-day
disabled list with inflammation in his right triceps.
- When the word ‘spitball' appears,
most fans think of old-time baseball.
Not this time. Starter Clay
- Whether or not Buchholz has received ‘help' from any substance, the right-hander was named Pitcher of the Month in the American League for April. He went a perfect 5-0 with a 1.19 earned-run average and 39 strikeouts. Buchholz beat out lefty Matt Moore of the Rays, who also went 5-0 with a 1.13 earned-run average.
- Reliever Bruce Rondon of the
Detroit Tigers received his chance to dazzle fans and befuddle hitters,
though the flamethrower struggled over three outings in his major league debut
- The White Sox may be without starter Gavin Floyd for an extended period of time after finding a tear in his elbow. According to the Chicago Tribune, the White Sox will look at several options before considering surgery, but Tommy John is currently staring Floyd in the face. The right-hander has a 5.18 earned-run average over five starts this season.
- Jeremy Guthrie tossed his first
career shutout when the right-hander dominated White Sox hitters on Saturday
night. Guthrie's performance has
been representative of a revamped
- Josh Donaldson of the Oakland Athletics hit his way to Player of the Week honors in the
- Six hours and 32 minutes. That's the length the Angels-Athletics match-up lasted on Monday night/Tuesday morning. As first baseman Brandon Moss lifted a pitch off Barry Enright that landed in the stands to give the A's the walkoff win in the 19th inning, the game was officially the longest in franchise history for the Oakland Athletics, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
- Starter Justin Grimm took a head-start in the race for Rookie of the Year as he was named Rookie of the Month for April. The Rangers hurler made three starts after getting the call from the minors and posted a 1.59 earned-run average with two wins, 15 strikeouts, and four walks in 17 innings.
- Starter Tim Hudson of the
Braves had a game on Tuesday worthy of telling his future
- The Atlanta-Journal Constitution noted that
the Braves are on pace for two team records, one good and one bad. The good is that
- Justin Upton's hot start for
- The only threat in the Marlins'
lineup went down with a hamstring strain. Giancarlo Stanton has been off to a
sluggish start this year (.728 OPS, three home runs), though the outfielder has
sadly been one of the most productive hitters in the lineup for
- Delmon Young made his debut for
- Roy Halladay is headed to the
disabled list after letting it known to the Phillies that he has been
dealing with shoulder pain as early as his April 24th start against
the Pirates, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. The right-hander coughed up nine runs to
- Matt Harvey of the Mets will
become a household name before the year is out, and the starter is being
recognized for his efforts by winning April Pitcher of the Month for the
- It did not take long for Cubs owner Tom Ricketts to threaten a move out of Wrigley Field should the $300 million renovation plan fall through. The Chicago Tribune wrote about some reactions from Cubs personnel here.
- Speaking of the renovation plans for Wrigley Field, check out photographs of the proposed changes.
- Russell Martin of the Pittsburgh Pirates led the National League in home runs with four on the week, which helped earn him Player of the Week honors. The catcher hit .375 with a .958 slugging percentage, leading to his first career weekly honor.
- Set to serve a six-game suspension
for hitting first baseman Allen Craig in a start against the Cardinals, Jonathan Sanchez was released by
- The news for John Axford keeps getting worse. The Brewers reliever was axed as the set-up man not long after losing his role as closer. Manager Ron Roenicke told the Journal Sentinel that Axford lost his new role after he surrendered four runs in the eighth inning in a 6-4 loss to the Pirates on Wednesday.
- The bullpen of
- Speaking of the Cardinals bullpen, Jason Motte is officially out for the 2013 season after it was announced that the flame thrower would undergo Tommy John surgery. Motte was recently on a throwing program in an attempt to get game-ready but was subsequently shut down.
- Talk around
- According to the San Diego
Union-Tribune, the Padres are forming a multi-year offer to Chase Headley that would make the third baseman the highest-paid player in Padres
- Roy Oswalt served up 11 home runs in
just 59 innings for the Texas Rangers last season, though the right-hander may
have to get used to the long ball if he expects to pitch this season. Oswalt signed a minor-league deal with
- Hanley Ramirez was true to his word in returning early from the thumb injury that has sidelined the shortstop since the opening of the season. Four games after his return, the Dodgers infielder was helped off the field after injuring his left hamstring and was later placed back on the 15-day disabled list. It is a tough break for a team that has already seen more than its fair share of injuries this season.
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