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Daily Dose: Miggy's Finished

Wednesday, June 13, 2018


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Miguel Cabrera's season has come to an abrupt end.


The veteran slugger departed Tuesday night’s game against the Twins after injuring his left biceps muscle while swinging at an off-speed pitch from Jake Odorizzi in the bottom of the third inning. He was immediately sent for an MRI, which revealed a ruptured tendon. Cabrera will undergo surgery later this week and his rehabilitation from that procedure could extend well into the offseason -- possibly even into next spring.


Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press snapped a photo of Cabrera exiting the Tigers’ clubhouse late Tuesday with a big brace on his left arm. “Unbelievable,” he muttered to the media as he walked by.


Cabrera had been fairly productive this year when healthy, slashing .301/.397/.451 with three home runs, 11 doubles, and 22 RBI in 38 games. The power production wasn’t quite at the usual Miggy levels, but he did miss all but one game in May because of a left hamstring strain.


Niko Goodrum took over at first base to close out Tuesday’s loss to Minnesota, but John Hicks figures to be the primary guy there for Detroit moving forward. Hicks filled in at first base last month while Cabrera was on the shelf and batted .304/.345/.451 between May 2 and May 31. He is 7-for-21 so far in June. The 28-year-old might be able to provide some value in AL-only fantasy leagues, though he doesn’t offer enough upside in the counting stats departments to warrant adding in standard mixed formats. It’s possible the Tigers will seek outside help, but they’re currently six games under .500 and are far more likely to be sellers than buyers ahead of this year’s July 31 trade deadline -- especially with Cabrera now ruled out until 2019.


Cabrera, who turned 35 years old in April, is owed around $174 million on a contract that runs through the 2023 season. This injury is awful for the Tigers and awful for baseball fans in general.


It’s also awful for fantasy owners who found Cabrera a good buy in drafts this spring. His average draft position in Yahoo leagues was 66.8. In some leagues, you could get him in the 80s.



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Lugo Staying in Mets’ Rotation


Mets right-hander Seth Lugo was excellent in Sunday night’s Subway Series finale against the Yankees, allowing just two hits and zero walks while striking out eight batters across six scoreless innings. That was only meant to be a spot start, but Mike Puma of the New York Post reported Tuesday evening that Lugo will remain in the Mets’ rotation and take his next turn this Saturday at Chase Field against the host Diamondbacks.


Lugo is currently owed in just 29 percent of Yahoo leagues, which is far too low for a guy who has registered a 1.77 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 47/9 K/BB ratio in 45 2/3 innings this season. A large majority of that production has come in relief, but many of his appearances have been multi-inning outings.


The 28-year-old is averaging a career-high 93.8 mph with his fastball this season and he touched 97 mph with that pitch on Sunday. He’s also using his curveball more, to great success.


Noah Syndergaard is still on the disabled list with a strained ligament in his right index finger -- he was in New York on Tuesday for a second opinion -- so Lugo has an opportunity to run with this rotation spot for a while. If he continues to pitch well, it’s feasible that he could keep it the rest of the year.



Acuna Nearing Rehab Assignment


When young outfielder Ronald Acuna injured his left knee while crossing the first base bag on May 27, it looked like it might be a season-ender. But scans taken a day later showed only a mild ACL sprain and the ultra-talented 20-year-old told reporters on Tuesday that he is aiming to begin a minor league rehab assignment later this week -- possibly as early as Thursday.


That would mean he could be back on the Braves’ active roster by next Tuesday’s series opener in Toronto, just over three weeks after crumbling to the ground in pain at Boston’s Fenway Park.


Acuna had a .779 OPS, five home runs, and two stolen bases in his first 29 major league games.


Charlie Culberson has made the most of this opportunity to start regularly in left field -- he entered the day Tuesday slashing .356/.370/.556 in 46 plate appearances since Acuna got injured -- but the 29-year-old journeyman will probably now return to more of a utility role. Perhaps he could get playing time over Johan Camargo at third base, but that’s not really a relevant situation in standard mixed fantasy leagues.



National League Quick Hits: Dodgers placed starter Walker Buehler on the 10-day disabled list with a right rib microfracture … Mike Foltynewicz made an early exit from his start Tuesday night against the Mets due to right triceps tightness, but the hope is he won’t have to miss a turn in the Braves’ rotation … Aaron Nola was superb again Tuesday, punching out 10 batters across 6 2/3 frames of one-run ball in the Phillies’ victory over the Rockies … Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that there's no timetable for Yoenis Cespedes (hip, quad) to return … Clayton Kershaw (back) threw a successful bullpen session on Tuesday … Ozzie Albies blasted his second grand slam of the season on Tuesday, powering the Braves to a victory over the Mets … Chase Anderson was outstanding in Tuesday's victory over the Cubs, allowing just one hit and two walks over seven shutout innings … Scott Kingery launched a three-run home run and added a sacrifice fly in the Phillies' win over the Rockies on Tuesday … Nationals manager Davey Martinez said he expects Bryce Harper (elbow, foot) to be in the lineup Wednesday … Yu Darvish (triceps) threw around 31 pitches in a bullpen session on Tuesday … Max Muncy slugged his 13th home run of the season Tuesday in the Dodgers’ defeat of the Rangers … Brad Hand tossed a scoreless inning to notch his 20th save of the season Tuesday in St. Louis … Francisco Cervelli (head) was held out of the Pirates' starting lineup again on Tuesday … Seranthony Dominguez notched his third save of the season Tuesday against the Rockies … Sal Romano dazzled in a no-decision against the Royals on Tuesday, allowing just one run on four hits over his eight innings of work … Daniel Murphy went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts against the Yankees on Tuesday in his season debut … Adam Ottavino (oblique) could be activated off the disabled list as early as Thursday … Nationals manager Davey Martinez confirmed late Tuesday night that Erick Fedde will be called up to start Wednesday against the Yankees … Hyun-Jin Ryu (groin) threw a “low intensity” bullpen session on Tuesday … A.J. Ramos is considering surgery for his injured right shoulder … Wilmer Flores (back) went 1-for-3 with a double in his first rehab game Tuesday with High-A St. Lucie … Shelby Miller (elbow) will make his next rehab start Saturday at High-A Visalia … Franchy Cordero (forearm) could head out on a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday … Brewers placed reliever Matt Albers on the 10-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury.


American League Quick Hits: Blue Jays manager John Gibbons indicated Tuesday that Josh Donaldson (calf) could be activated off the disabled list Wednesday … Gary Sanchez was held out of the Yankees’ starting lineup on Tuesday and will also sit out Wednesday, with manager Aaron Boone describing him as “banged up” … Mike Trout hit his 22nd and 23rd home runs of the season on Tuesday night in Seattle … Trevor Cahill is likely to be placed on the disabled list Wednesday with lingering Achilles discomfort … Carson Smith is scheduled to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery on Wednesday … Nomar Mazara was scratched from the Rangers' starting lineup Tuesday due to flu-like symptoms … Jonathan Loaisiga will be called up to start for the Yankees on Friday against the Rays … Andrew Benintendi's bat stayed white-hot with a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Orioles … Carlos Correa (side) homered and scored two runs in his return to the Astros’ lineup Tuesday night against the Athletics … Francisco Liriano (hamstring) is set to make a minor league rehab start on Sunday … Indians optioned top prospect Francisco Mejia back to Triple-A Columbus … Didi Gregorius broke out of his power drought with a pair of solo home runs in the Yankees' win over the Nationals on Tuesday … Ehire Adrianza went 3-for-4 and belted his first career grand slam in the Twins' comeback win over the Tigers on Tuesday … Angels placed Jefry Marte on the 10-day disabled list with a left wrist sprain; recalled infield prospect David Fletcher from Triple-A Salt Lake … Dustin Pedroia (knee) still has not resumed baseball activities … Joe Mauer (concussion) went 0-for-3 in his first rehab game Tuesday with Triple-A Rochester … Adeiny Hechavarria (hamstring) will play another rehab game with High-A Charlotte on Wednesday … Fernando Rodney whiffed a pair in a scoreless frame to notch his 14th save of the season Tuesday in Detroit … Troy Tulowitzki (heels) said Tuesday that he is optimistic about returning this season … Joakim Soria tallied his ninth save of the season on Tuesday, recording the final out in a victory over the Indians … Joe Smith (elbow) is expected to return to the Astros' bullpen later this week … Orioles placed starter Andrew Cashner on the 10-day disabled list with a sore lower back … Brett Anderson (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday … Erasmo Ramirez (lat) has begun a throwing program … Ryan Buchter (shoulder) is expected to make five more minor league rehab appearances … Juan Nicasio (knee) played catch Tuesday … Daniel Stumpf (elbow) threw long-toss from a distance over 100 feet again on Tuesday … Yefry Ramirez will start for the Orioles on Wednesday against the Red Sox … Jorge Bonifacio (suspended) will begin his minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha on Wednesday … Twins signed veteran reliever Matt Belisle to a one-year contract.




Drew Silva is a baseball editor for Rotoworld and also contributes on NBC Sports' Hardball Talk. He can be found on Twitter.
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