Dice K returns to face Bryce Harper in MLB Daily Digest
MLB Daily Digest: June 6
Scratches: Paul Konerko’s wrist will keep him out of the White Sox lineup again today. Manager Robin Ventura stated yesterday that Konerko would return today but that’s not going to happen.
After he left yesterday’s game with a laceration on his left index finger it was pretty much a given that Placido Polanco would not be on the field for the Phillies today.
He had the finger glued shut and is day-to-day as TY Wigginton shuffles to his spot allowing John Mayberry Jr. to get the nod at first base.
Roll The Dice: Daisuke “Dice K” Matsuzaka will be activated from the disabled list to test his stuff against the Nationals.
As the header says, Boston’s really taking a risk with former phenom. He hasn’t pitched in the majors in over a year and hosted a 3.65 ERA in his rehab assignment.
I always dug his demeanor and all of that but I’m not sure if throwing to the wolves against Bryce Harper is a nice welcome home present.
Oof: The Tigers have placed catcher Alex Avila on the 15-day disabled list. He aggravated a previous hamstring issues on Tuesday. The Tigers are mum on how bad this is but if he’s not putting the mask on until mid-July I wouldn’t be surprised.
Adios: The Phillies have released right-hander Dave Bush. Bush reportedly has another opportunity waiting for him in South Korea.
The Rockies released catcher Eliezer Alfonzo. Alfonso got slapped with a 100-game performance-enhancing drug suspension last year and was bounced to Triple-A in May.
Rumor Bin: Don’t read too much into it yet but Ken Rosenthal is stating that the Nationals are talking to teams about trading away pitcher John Lannan. To get it done a team must pick up the rest of his paycheck and send off a player of worth.