Wade Miley scratched from start due to biceps discomfort

Wade Miley scratched from start due to biceps discomfort

According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com, Wade Miley has been scratched from Tuesday’s scheduled Cactus League start due to some discomfort in his left biceps muscle. It’s not believed to be serious, as Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson referred to it as a “dead arm” situation. Miley acknowledged that he has pitched through a dead arm…

Machado, Trumbo leaders in first All-Star voting

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Machado, Trumbo leaders in first All-Star voting

BALTIMORE—In the first release of All-Star Game voting, Manny Machado and Mark Trumbo are the leading Orioles votegetters. 

Machado, a two-time All-Star is leading American League third basemen with just over 630,000 votes, and Trumbo is third among outfielders. 

Kansas City’s Mike Moustakas, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last week, trails Machado by about 64,000 votes. 

Trumbo, who was an All-Star with the Angels in 2012, is behind his former Los Angeles teammate Mike Trout and Kansas City’s Lorenzo Cain in the voting. Trumbo, who has just under 642,000 votes, leads Boston’s Jackie Bradley, Jr. by about 85,000 votes.

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Chris Davis, who received the most All-Star votes in 2013, is third among first basemen. He is nearly half a million votes behind the Royals’ Eric Hosmer. 

Jonathan Schoop is in fifth place in the voting for second baseman. Schoop is more than 400,000 votes behind Houston’s Jose Altuve.

J.J. Hardy, a two-time All-Star, who is currently on the disabled list with a fracture in his left foot, is fifth among shortstops and is more than 370,000 votes behind Boston’s Xander Bogaerts. 

Matt Wieters, a three-time All-Star is in third place in the catchers’ voting. He is nearly 800,000 votes behind the AL voting leader, Kansas City’s Salvador Perez.

Adam Jones, a five-time All-Star is ninth and Joey Rickard is 14th in AL outfield voting. 

The All-Star Game will be played in San Diego’s Petco Park on July 12. 

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Joseph goes to the disabled list with testicular injury

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Joseph goes to the disabled list with testicular injury

BALTIMORE—Caleb Joseph was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a testicular injury he suffered on Monday. 

Joseph suffered the injury in the eighth inning with Boston’s Travis Shaw at bat. He remained in the game, and was on deck in the ninth when the game ended. 

But, afterwards Joseph went to the hospital for an examination, and he underwent a surgical procedure Monday night. 

“I’d be guessing about length of time, I know what they saw but there’s not a whole of history that says if you have this done and you’re a catcher, when will you be able to catch again. So, obviously not in those 15 days,” manager Buck Showalter said.

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Joseph, who is batting .182 in 23 games, was not at the ballpark on Tuesday. 

Now knowing the severity of the injury, Showalter was amazed that Joseph was able to remain in the game. 

“Without a doubt. I knew from knowing Caleb that for him to be down on his knees like that,” Showalter said. 
“But checking with him every inning between innings, I think it’s probably something, as you kind of get away and get out of the moment (the pain intensifies). I don’t know. I don’t have anything to base it on, you just kind of go by what the guy tells you and what he’s doing on the field is telling you. We were watching it closely, everybody tends to initially – let’s face it – kind of snicker some when that happens, but anybody that’s had it happen, it’s very serious and we always treat it that way.”  

This isn’t the first instance of a player being placed on the disabled list because of a testicular injury. In 2009, Adrian Beltre, then with Seattle, went on the DL with a severely bruised testicle. 

Chris Snyder, a catcher, who later played briefly with the Orioles, fractured a testicle in 2008. 

Oakland’s Billy Burns bruised a testicle last year.

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NL East: For one day, Harvey silences critics with dominant outing

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NL East: For one day, Harvey silences critics with dominant outing

In New York, where your every move is dissected to a T by fans and media, achieving and maintaining sports stardom can be difficult to do. Just ask Matt Harvey, who went from being the toast of the town while helping the Mets to the World Series last October to having his ability (and character) roundly criticized after his rough start to the 2016 season. And after he lost back-to-back outings against the Nationals recently, it seemed like he had reached rock bottom. 

But for one outing, the man known as "The Dark Knight" managed to silence his critics with a vintage performance against the Chicago White Sox on Memorial Day. He allowed just two hits over seven shutout frames, striking out six and issuing just one walk in the Mets' 1-0 win. The victory raised his record to 4-7 and lowered his ERA to 5.37. 

And unlike his previous start, he addressed the media after the game. Per MLB.com: 

"There's a lot of emotion....It's been a while.…The idea is to do everything you can to help the team, and I felt like I wasn't doing that very well. Today, to be able to go out in a one-run ballgame like that and be able to put up zeros, was very exciting."

The difference for Harvey on Monday was establishing his dominant fastball that had been missing for most of the first two months of the season. His heater was clocked as high as 98 mph, a marked improvement over his previous starts. 

Harvey was considered a hero in 2015, his first full campaign post-Tommy John surgery, as he pitched a total of 216 innings between the regular season and the playoffs. No pitcher had ever thrown that many innings in the first season following the procedure. And it's precisely that fact that many have pointed to when discussing whether or not the 27-year-old right hander is still feeling the effects from last year's overuse. 

So will Harvey return to form? Can he reclaim his status at the Mets ace? It's too early to tell, but Monday's outing was the first that provided a light at the end of the tunnel. Just don't expect the circus to end anytime soon.  

"I think it's a first step," Harvey said. "Obviously, this isn't going to mean anything unless I continue to do this and stay with what we've been working on. It's a work in progress, but I'm happy that I was able to go out there, feel comfortable in my mechanics and get the job done."