David Robertson is off to a rocky start as Mariano Rivera's successor in the Bronx. However, it has nothing to do with his performance on the mound, as Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced Monday that the 28-year-old right-hander is headed to the 15-day disabled list with a Grade 1 strain of his left groin.
Robertson suffered the injury during his appearance Sunday against the Blue Jays. While he wasn't concerned initially, he still felt it when he woke up Monday and an MRI confirmed the strain. The hope right now is that he'll only have to miss the minimum 15 days.
Shawn Kelley notched his first career save in Robertson's absence during New York's home opener on Monday, tossing a perfect ninth inning against the Orioles. The 29-year-old right-hander owns a 3.72 ERA and 195/62 K/BB ratio over 183 2/3 innings in the majors and should get the majority of the save chances in the short-term. If he hasn't been picked up in your fantasy league yet, be sure to change that.
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Moore Bad News?
We saw a potentially troubling development for the Rays on Monday evening, as left-hander Matt Moore was forced to exit his start against the Royals due to elbow soreness. He allowed one run over 4 1/3 innings before exiting.
We should know more after Moore goes for an MRI on Tuesday, but the Rays have said that "there's no reason to believe it's serious at this time." Still, it wouldn't be surprising if he ends up on the disabled list even if tests come back negative. It's worth noting that the 24-year-old missed more than a month with elbow soreness last year, though Rays head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that this injury appears to be less severe. Anyway, they'll cross their fingers for now.
The Rays are already without Jeremy Hellickson until late May or early June following elbow surgery, so Jake Odorizzi is currently taking up the fifth spot in the starting rotation. If Moore needs to miss some time, we could see Cesar Ramos move from the starting rotation to the bullpen or Nate Karns or Erik Bedard come up from Triple-A.
Devin Mesoraco was forced to begin the season on the 15-day disabled list following an oblique injury toward the end of spring training, but he's ready to make an impact. After making it through three minor league rehab games without incident, the 25-year-old backstop was activated by the Reds on Monday.
The Reds are hoping for big things from Mesoraco this year, as he's poised to take over as the starting catcher job this season now that Ryan Hanigan is with the Rays. While he owns a .225/.282/.359 batting line in the majors thus far, his playing time has been sporadic at best. It's easy to forget that he's just two years removed from being considered a consensus top-20 prospect.
Mesoraco has only hit .199/.257/.324 against right-handed pitching in the big leagues, so he'll have to turn that around to be an asset, but he has pop in his bat and plays half of his games in a hitter-friendly environment. Not a bad combo. He's relevant in two-catcher mixed fantasy leagues at the very least. Not a bad idea if you're still looking for a Wilson Ramos replacement.
NL Quick Hits: After beginning the season 0-for-12 with six strikeouts and sitting out the weekend with a jammed finger, Reds speedster Billy Hamilton finally got his first hit Monday against the Cardinals … Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki homered Monday against the White Sox …. Michael Wacha tossed six innings of one-run ball Monday in a win over the Reds … Jonathan Broxton is expected to be activated by the Reds on Tuesday and should take over the closer role … A.J. Ellis is scheduled to undergo surgery Tuesday to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee … FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Giants and Pablo Sandoval are still far apart in extension talks and that the third baseman wants at least a five-year deal … Jordan Lyles yielded one run in 6 2/3 innings Monday in a victory over the White Sox … Zack Cozart delivered an RBI single in the ninth inning Monday against the Cardinals to snap an 0-for-22 hitless streak to begin the season … The Rockies activated left-hander Boone Logan from the disabled list Monday and sent outfielder Corey Dickerson to Triple-A Colorado Springs … Marc Carig of New York Newsday reports that the Mets will attend a showcase for free agent reliever Joel Hanrahan in a few weeks …
AL Quick Hits: Omar Infante was hit in the face by a pitch from Heath Bell on Monday night and is undergoing tests for a possible broken jaw and a concussion …Josh Hamilton walked three times Monday and is hitting .500/.600/.833 through seven games this season … Mark Teixeira was diagnosed with a Grade 1 hamstring strain following an MRI on Monday … Hiroki Kuroda allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings Monday in a win over the Orioles … Shane Victorino (hamstring) did cardio work and received treatment Monday, but he's not close to a rehab assignment … Jed Lowrie had to leave Monday's game after being hit by a pitch and is considered day-to-day with a right lower leg contusion … C.J. Wilson bounced back from a rough season debut to post eight innings of one-run ball in a win over the Astros on Monday … John Lackey allowed an unearned run over seven innings Monday to defeat the Rangers … Jason Vargas tossed eight-plus innings of one-run ball Monday to defeat the Rays … After a red-hot spring, Mike Moustakas is 0-for-18 with four strikeouts to begin the season … Ryan Roberts signed a one-year deal with the Red Sox on Monday and will split playing time with Jonathan Herrera at third base while Will Middlebrooks is on the disabled list … Josh Willingham (wrist) hopes to return to the lineup Wednesday … Joe Saunders was placed on the disabled list Monday with a bruised left ankle and could be replaced in the Rangers' rotation with Colby Lewis … Craig Gentry (back) is expected to come off the disabled list this week …