That felt good, didn't? Even though Scott Kazmir's debut was a short one, scoring 19 runs covers a number of flaws.
Asdrubal didn't break any bones in the fall, so he's day-to-day. tr1betime had the perfect response to this news:
A more concerning injury is Brett Myers' forearm. He's come back to Cleveland to get an MRI, and usually that means at minimum a DL stint. Myers hasn't exactly been an ace, but losing a starting pitcher to a potentially serious injury like this one is never a good thing, especially when there's several other major question marks in this rotation.
The two logical replacements for Brett Myers in the rotation are Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer. Carlos Carrasco would be an option, but he has an eight-game suspension to serve before he can even return to major-league games. Daisuke Matsuzaka is also out there, but he'd have to be added to the 40-man roster, and then there's his lackluster numbers in AAA. I'm betting that the Indians have Kluber join the rotation; he threw four innings last night, so he's on schedule to make Myers' next scheduled start next Friday. Bauer has the much higher upside, but I think they'd rather he spend another month or so in AAA to work on some things.
As the title says, Paul Hoynes asks Michael Bourn some questions, including one about sliding headfirst into first base.
AL Central News
Phillip Humber wasn't the only pitcher to have a really, really bad first inning. However, Porcello's outing was much different in one major respect; most of the Angels hits were of the rather cheap variety. He did end up giving up a grand slam in the inning, but most of the hits prior to that were of the weakly-hit variety.
When the Indians play the White Sox this week, Dayan Viciedo won't be the lineup. Blake Tekotte (who was called up to take Viciedo's place), Jordan Danks, and DeWayne are the players who will likely see playing time in Viciedo's absence.
The Indians' staff (well, mostly Brett Myers) isn't the only one giving up lots of home runs.
Forecasting the 2015 Twins.
Other MLB News
The other side of the Kenny Lofton trade from SBN's Astros blog (which in my opinion is one of the best baseball blogs in the network).
Today's Classic Clip: City Lights (1931)
This silent classic was released four years after the introduction of talkies, but that didn't prevent it from becoming a popular and critical success. Chaplin was at this time still the biggest movie star in the world, and he had complete creative control over his movies. City Lights took almost two years to film because Chaplin was a perfectionist, often shooting a scene many many times until he thought it perfect.
In this movie, Chaplin again plays his Little Tramp character; he befriends a blind flower girl, and tries to earn enough money to for a doctor to perform surgery on her eyes. There's lots of comedy here, though; Chaplin meets a druken millionaire who is generous when soused and a miser when sober, finds himself in a boxing, and many other adventures. He finally scrapes up the money for the girl's surgery, but just after he delivers it, he's arrested for allegedly stealing the money.
This is the end of the movie; the girl has had the surgery, and the Tramp has just been released from prison, even more ragged than before.