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Baseball Daily Dose

Oh no, Fernando

by Ryan Boyer
Updated On: April 6, 2021, 10:18 am ET

The Padres got edged out by the division-rival Giants on Monday. Unfortunately, they suffered another loss during the game which might turn out to be much, much bigger.

Fernando Tatis Jr. suffered a left shoulder injury when he swung and missed at a pitch in Monday’s game. He immediately fell to the ground in pain and walked off the field gingerly while holding his arm still with the help of manager Jayce Tingler.

Tatis Jr. has been diagnosed with a shoulder subluxation, which is a fancy way of saying he has a partially-dislocated shoulder. He will be re-evaluated on Tuesday.

The star shortstop missed a little time late in the Cactus League season with shoulder issues and he’s evidently dealt with problems with the shoulder off and on for a while now. This time, though, the aggravation appeared much worse.

We will know more once Tatis Jr. – who signed a 14-year, $340 million contract in February -- is examined further on Tuesday. The big question is whether the injury is going to require surgery. If it does, he could potentially be out months, if not for the remainder of the season. Hopefully the damage is minimal enough to where he can attempt to play through it.

Ha-seong Kim came in for an injured Tatis Jr. on Monday. He seemingly would be in line to pick up the bulk of the playing time in Tatis’ absence, whether it’s at shortstop or at second base with Jake Cronenworth moving over to cover short.

Kim struggled mightily in spring training and is just 2-for-9 with two singles so far during the regular season. The 25-year-old could offer an intriguing blend of power and speed for fantasy managers, though, should things begin to click for him as he gets more comfortable in the states.

Kim is currently still available in 75 percent of Yahoo leagues.

Starting Pitchers with an EDGE

Steven Matz vs. TEX – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 9 K

Granted, it was a favorable matchup, but Matz’s debut with the Blue Jays went about as well as you could have hoped. The Rangers scratched together a run in the fourth inning on a hit by pitch and a couple singles, but Matz was in control most of the day. The left-hander’s velocity was up a tick, as he sat in the 95-96 mph range and touched 97 mph. Matz is coming off a dreadful season with the Mets when he served up an absurd 14 homers over 30 2/3 innings, but he’s mostly been effective in his career when he’s healthy and keeping the ball in the yard.

Jacob deGrom vs. PHI – 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 7 K

We had to wait longer than expected for deGrom’s season debut after the Mets were stuck in Washington, D.C. following the Nationals’ COVID-19 outbreak. It’s part of the reason he was lifted after throwing just 77 pitches over his six dominant innings Monday. Like they’ve been wont to do, the Mets’ bullpen blew deGrom’s win, but it doesn’t diminish another superb performance from the best pitcher on the planet.

Dustin May vs. OAK – 6 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 8 K

The Astros’ pitching staff held down the A’s in a four-game sweep over the weekend and May kept their sluggish offense in check Monday by breezing through six frames in his first start of the season. Considered by some as a surprise inclusion in the Dodgers’ rotation, May’s issue for fantasy purposes has been not missing enough bats. He had the swing-and-miss stuff going in this one, though, tying a career high with his eight punchouts.

Jordan Montgomery vs. BAL – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 7 K

The Red Sox’ pitching staff was unable to cool off the Orioles’ bats over the weekend, but Montgomery quickly extinguished the fire on Monday. It’s the first time in his career that the left-hander has had zero walks and zero runs allowed in at least six innings pitched.

Hitters with an EDGE

Nelson Cruz vs. DET – 3-for-6, 2 HR, 2B, 5 RBI, 3 R

Cruz wasn’t able to make a start in the Twins’ first series of the season since they were in a National League park with the designated hitter spot not available. He did his best to make up for lost at-bats Monday, bashing a grand slam and a solo home run against the Tigers. Cruz’s second home run had an exit velocity of 116.6 mph, which is the hardest-hit ball by any player this season and the hardest-hit home run by a Twins player in the Statcast era.

J.D. Martinez vs. TB – 2-for-3, HR, 2 BB, 3 RBI, 2 R

Martinez’s home run was about as cheap as they come, as he sliced a 326-foot shot down the right-field line off Pesky’s Pole at Fenway Park. Still, it counts all the same. He reached base three additional times on a single and a couple walks. Martinez looked sluggish in spring training but has now gone 8-for-15 with a couple homers in his first four games this season.

Priority Pickup

Carlos Rodon, SP, CWS – 31 percent rostered in Yahoo fantasy leagues

The former top prospect has had a rough go of it the last few years from an injury and performance standpoint. However, after re-signing with the White Sox over the winter he showed up to spring training and dominated with just two runs allowed and a 16/1 K/BB ratio over 13 2/3 innings. Rodon carried that over into the regular season with a fine outing Monday in Seattle, fanning nine batters across five shutout frames. The southpaw even topped out at 98.4 mph on the radar gun. Rodon isn’t a great bet to hold up over the long haul given that he’s thrown just 42 1/3 innings in the last two years, but he looks sharp now and needs to be rostered in more leagues.

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Closing Time

Royals manager Mike Matheny used Jesse Hahn to close out Monday’s win over the Indians. Presumed closer Greg Holland was available and started warming up when Hahn got into some trouble, but Hahn quickly escaped a stick situation to earn the save. Holland may very well still be the favorite to close, but the Royals have two saves so far and he doesn’t have either of them (Wade Davis has the other).

Alex Reyes picked up his first save of the season on Monday in Miami. He was preceded by Giovanny Gallegos (two innings) and Jordan Hicks (one inning) as the Cardinals’ bullpen locked things down. Manager Mike Shildt has indicated that Reyes is his preferred choice to close for now, at least until he believes Hicks is ready to reclaim his old role.

With Craig Kimbrel unavailable after pitching the previous two days, Cubs manager David Ross sent Alec Mills out for the save Monday versus the Brewers and he nailed down the win with ease. Mills doesn’t have your typical shutout reliever repertoire and we’d be surprised if he earns many, if any, more save  chances the rest of the way.

Reds skipper David Bell has held off on naming a closer, but all signs have pointed to Amir Garrett getting the first crack and that’s what happened Monday against the Pirates. Garrett was a little shaky in allowing a run on two hits and a walk, but he was able to nail down the victory.

With Hector Neris unavailable after pitching two days in a row, it was Jose Alvarado closing out the Mets on Monday. Like Garrett, he was shaky but got the job done, yielding a run on three hits over an inning of work. Neris has pitched well and is the guy here, but Alvarado and Archie Bradley are lurking.

Tuesday’s Matchup of the Day

Freddy Peralta (MIL) vs. Adbert Alzolay (CHC)

Both of these pitchers somewhat surprisingly won spots in their respective teams’ rotations and will be making their first starts of the season against each other. Peralta and Alzolay both miss plenty of bats, but control issues and workload concerns make them risky.

 

American League Quick Hits: Tim Anderson (hamstring) will be held out through Wednesday, but the hope is that he can avoid an injured list stint and return later this week … Mike Trout homered and reached four times on Monday in a 7-6 win the Astros on Monday … Aaron Judge went 2-for-3, hit his first homer and walked Monday versus the Orioles … Yasmani Grandal went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI on Monday in a win over the Mariners … Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Monday that there's a "good chance" Eduardo Rodriguez (dead arm) rejoins the rotation later this week … Yermin Mercedes picked up three more hits for the White Sox on Monday … A.J. Puk struck out four over 3 1/3 scoreless innings in relief against the Dodgers on Monday after returning from the IL … Nick Pivetta pitched five scoreless innings Monday in a victory over the Rays … Giancarlo Stanton launched a grand slam for his first homer of the year Monday versus the Orioles … Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said Monday that Austin Hays has a mild right hamstring strain and shouldn't be sidelined long … Danny Duffy permitted just two hits and three walks over six shutout innings Monday as the Royals downed the Indians 3-0 … Kevin Kiermaier was removed from Monday's game against the Red Sox due to left quad tightness … Michael Brantley (wrist) remained out of the Astros' lineup Monday, but he’s doing better and could return Tuesday … Ramon Laureano (wrist) remained out of the Athletics' lineup on Monday, but he could be back in there Tuesday … Matt Shoemaker excelled in his season debut Monday against the Tigers, allowing just one run over six innings as part of a blowout victory … Akil Baddoo went 2-for-4 with a grand slam in Monday’s loss to the Twins.

National League Quick Hits: Will Smith homered and walked three times on Monday in a rout of the Athletics … Trevor Williams carried a perfect game into the sixth inning and ended Monday having been charged with two runs over six frames in the Cubs' 5-3 win over the Brewers … Omar Narvaez had two of the Brewers' four hits and drove in their only three runs with a three-run homer in Monday's loss to the Cubs … Tommy Edman homered, walked and scored twice versus the Marlins in Monday's win … Mike Moustakas homered, doubled and walked Monday to help the Reds top the Pirates 5-3 … Jose De Leon allowed two runs in five innings and struck out nine Monday against the Pirates … Nick Castellanos was suspended two games for his involvement in the scuffle with the Cardinals, but he appealed and then went out and homered again Monday … Mike Yastrzemski was scratched from the Giants' lineup on Monday due to left hand soreness, but he came off the bench to deliver a go-ahead pinch-hit homer.

Ryan Boyer

Ryan Boyer is a baseball writer for NBC Sports Edge. He can also be found on Twitter.