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I was partially correct, but had I been watching I would have seen why Greinke's owners were holding their breath, because he was struck on his pitching arm by a line drive off the bat of Miguel Cabrera in the fourth inning. He stayed in the game to get the final out of the fourth and pitch a perfect fifth with two strikeouts before getting pulled.
X-rays were taken after the game and were negative, and while Greinke had the imprint of the seams of the ball just above his right elbow, he was fine. His next scheduled start is Tuesday against Boston, but that is still up in the air right now, as it will depend on how he feels during the next couple of days.
"I don't remember even moving out there, but when I saw it [on video], I thought, 'Man, I was sort of close to catching it,'" Greinke told the team Web site. "But still not even close, I didn't even get a glove on it."
However, it appears that even though Greinke didn't dodge the ball, his fantasy owners may have dodged a bullet, and if I had to speculate, I would bet that Greinke does indeed make his next scheduled start.
• Cole Hamels was perfect through five on his way to stopping the Nationals, allowing one run and striking out 10 in eight innings. Brad Lidge gave up a run in the ninth but shut the door for his 30th save, and appears to be back in manager Charlie Manuel's good graces.
• Brian Fuentes joined Lidge among the ranks of closers seeking redemption from recent poor performances by getting two outs for his 42nd save of the season.
• Chris Coghlan went 4-for-4 to raise his average to .363 since the All-Star break after hitting .240 before it. He's also hit seven homers, stolen three bases, and slugged .546. He's a legit offensive player who was relatively overlooked as a prospect, and should be a solid fantasy option again next season, perhaps back at his natural position of second base.
• Good news for Asdrubal Cabrera owners: After fouling a ball right off of his kneecap on Wednesday, X-rays came back negative, and he was feeling much better on Thursday. "He'll probably need a day, obviously, but he came in here feeling better," Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge told the team Web site. "He's still sore. We'll probably keep him off his feet as long as we can and hopefully he'll be ready to go tomorrow."
• Josh Hamilton is still feeling tightness and discomfort in his lower back while swinging a bat, and has admitted the possibility that his season could be over. He's had three injections to try to alleviate the problem but has not improved much. He's taking a break from baseball activities for a couple of days. The team still hopes to get Michael Young (hamstring) back in the lineup this weekend.
• Milton Bradley pulled himself out of Thursday's game due to inflammation in his left knee, and is considered day-to-day for now.
• Speaking of Cubs players not playing, the Chicago Tribune speculated the team may shut down Rich Harden for the rest of the season. Tom Gorzelanny will replace him in the rotation and is not a fantasy factor. However, the Associated Press reported that Harden might get one more start before the season is over after skipping his next turn on Monday, so there is some uncertainty. It will be interesting to see where Harden, who will be a free agent this offseason, winds up next year.
• As expected, Jarrod Washburn will miss his next start with a knee injury that forced him out after just one inning his last time out. Washburn has been walking around with a noticeable limp and is safe to release in all formats, especially given the way he's pitched since leaving the Mariners.
• The Red Sox will start Daisuke Matsuzaka on Sunday against the Orioles. There was some speculation he might be pushed back to Monday, which would have given him a two-start week. As it is, he will just make one start against the Yankees, which makes him less of a play next week. Tim Wakefield will return to get the start on Monday.
• Kevin Youkilis remained out of the Red Sox lineup with back spasms, but his condition has improved enough that he could be back in there as soon as Friday.
• Vladimir Guerrero did not start for the Angels due to bruised ribs, but the injury is reportedly not serious and he is day-to-day.
• Shane Victorino left the Phillies' game in the seventh inning with a gastrointestinal illness, and his status for the weekend is up in the air at the moment.
Howie Kendrick, 2B, Angels
Kendrick has often gotten lost in the infield shuffle in favor of Maicer Izturis and Erick Aybar recently, but he continues to produce when given the opportunity. He went 3-for-4 with a homer, two RBIs and two runs scored to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a win over the Boston Red Sox. He's now batting .298 after a slow start to the season, and is hitting .392 in 138 at-bats in the second half, with five homers and two steals. Don't sleep on him in 2010.
Wade Davis, Rays
Davis rebounded nicely from a pounding by the Red Sox in his last outing, throwing a four-hit shutout against the Baltimore Orioles to collect his first victory in the big leagues. The rookie struck out 10 and looked more like the pitcher who fanned nine and allowed one run in seven innings in his big league debut. Davis is not likely to be shut down before the end of the year and is starting to cement a spot in next year's rotation.
That's what Bobby Jenks allowed to the Seattle Mariners in the ninth inning to blow a John Danks win in a game the Chicago White Sox eventually lost in 14 innings. It was the first time in Jenks' career that he allowed two homers in one outing, and is his second blown save in his past three outings. He's 29-for-35 in save chances this season.
• Kam Mickolio's season is officially over after the Baltimore Orioles placed the reliever on the disabled list with a biceps injury.
• The Texas Rangers couldn't sign their first-round draft pick, Matt Purke, who decided to go to college, but did just ink the 44th overall selection, pitcher Tanner Scheppers. Scheppers did not sign when drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates last year and hit the upper-90s in independent ball last spring despite questions about his shoulder. After two physicals, the Rangers believe that Scheppers' rotator cuff issue will not be a long-term thing. Scheppers will report to instructional league. Additionally, the Kansas City Royals finalized a deal with Aaron Crow, whom they selected 12th overall and was also not subject to the signing deadline for players enrolling in or going back to college. Both players have a lot of development time to make up for, but both could progress fairly quickly.
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Jason Grey: I think he's going to right at value in many leagues next year. Neither an overdraft nor a bargain. Still think he's an elite starter. Chris Carpenter has had WAY more injury woes and remains elite, and Santana bounced back nicely from a similar surgery in '03
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Keith Law: Looked very good, best I've seen him since 2007. Stuff was sharper, up to 93 repeatedly, although he still doesn't throw the changeup often enough. What really impressed me was the aggressiveness -- going after hitters, especially on the inner half. The second time through the Angels' order, he went inside both for the out and to set up the outside pitch. If that's the guy he is for the next few weeks, he'll be a big help to them in October, whereas last week I think it was a question whether he'd even make the playoff rotation.
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• Not to be outdone, the New York Yankees' Austin Jackson had two hits, a run scored and a stolen base in that game in a losing effort. Jackson's route to 2010 playing time is less clear, but he did hit .300 with 24 steals at Triple-A this season, although his power has yet to develop.
• Cal League MVP and Seattle Mariners prospect Alex Liddi drove in his team's only run in playoff loss in high Class A on Thursday night. Liddi hit .345 with 23 homers and a 1.005 OPS in one of the best hitting environments in the minors, but regardless, some scouts think he has a chance to develop into a Troy Glaus-type third baseman in the big leagues.
• He hasn't lit up radar guns or been flashy, but Tim Stauffer has gotten it done for the Padres, with a 3.31 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 12 outings, and a favorable matchup against the Pirates is on tap for Friday. Helping his case is that he has not been bombed in a single outing, going at least five each time and never allowing more than four runs. I have him deployed in a couple of deep mixed leagues for a spot start, and he's owned in just 1 percent of ESPN leagues.
• Scott Richmond was one of the stories of the first half of the season with a 3.69 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and a strikeout rate of 7.5 batters per nine innings. However, he just hasn't been the same pitcher since hitting the disabled list with a biceps injury, posting an 8.17 ERA since his return. He's supposedly pain-free, but his stuff just hasn't been sharp as he heads into Tampa on Friday. Rays hitters should be solid plays.
• For more on Friday's games, check Daily Notes.