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Earlier last week, the Los Angeles Dodgers said rookie Cody Bellinger was going to be sent back to the minor leagues. The Dodgers were set to get Joc Pederson and Franklin Gutierrez back from the DL and Adrian Gonzalez was at first base. As always, things work out, especially if you produce. Bellinger was hitting and Adrian Gonzalez was placed on the DL for the first time in his career with stiffness in his right forearm and a strain in his left triceps. That makes it easy and Bellinger will play first base after starting in the outfield.
Bellinger is batting .357 with 11 runs, five home runs, 14 RBIs, one stolen base and a 1.199 OPS. He has a 47.1 percent hit hard rate. The lesson is no matter what teams say, if a player produces they will find a way to play.
Yonder Alonso changed his swing and the results have been excellent. Alonso has never hit more than nine home runs in any season. He hit five home runs this week, including two on Saturday and one on Sunday to give him nine. He is batting .311 with a .677 slugging percentage. He has nine home runs and 24 RBIs.
Matt Harvey was supposed to start on Sunday, but he was suspended three games by the Mets without pay for violating team rules.
Francisco Rodriguez blew consecutive saves over the weekend. He has blown four saves and has four losses. He has an 8.49 ERA, 13:5 K:BB ratio in 11.2 innings and has allowed four home runs. He has allowed 19 hits. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he would discuss the closer situation with the coaching staff on Monday. Justin Wilson is likely next in line.
The Washington Nationals closer situation is a complete mess. Shawn Kelley is on the DL and Koda Glover wasn't activated from the DL when he was eligible on Saturday. Matt Albers picked up the save Friday and then surrendered a game-tying three-run homer in the eighth inning Sunday. One run was charged to him, but he allowed two hits and a walk while getting one out. Blake Treinen lost the game in the 10th inning, allowing two hits, one run and one walk while getting one out.
The Orioles placed Zach Britton on the DL again as he admitted he rushed back. He has a sore left forearm. The MRI showed inflammation and he will get a second opinion. Brad Brach will close for the Orioles. He picked up his seventh save Sunday.
Giancarlo Stanton hit a home run on Saturday and two on Sunday. Stanton is hitting .256 with 18 runs, 10 home runs, 25 RBIs and an .884 OPS.
Bryce Harper left Thursday's game with groin soreness and he hasn't appeared in a game since.
Mike Trout sat out Thursday with hamstring tightness and played on Friday. He felt tightness again before the game on Saturday when warming up and sat out the weekend.
J.D. Martinez is getting close to a return. He homered in a rehab game with High-A Lakeland on Saturday and will go to Triple-A next for his rehab assignment. He is 3-for-8 and could be activated within a week.
The Pirates placed Jameson Taillon on the 10-day DL with groin discomfort. Trevor Williams will start in his place.
Ian Kinsler sat out the weekend with a hamstring injury. The Tigers are off Monday and hope Kinsler will be ready on Tuesday.
The Reds sent Amir Garrett to Triple-A.
Jonathan Schoop sat out two games over the weekend with a sore hand, but he's expected to return Monday.
A MRI on Asdrubal Cabrera's thumb showed no damage and X-rays were clean. Cabrera is day-to-day.
Dylan Bundy had another good start. He went six innings and allowed three runs, six hits, one walk and struck out three for the win. He is 5-1 with a 2.17 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 5.52 K/9 and a 2.17 BB/9. Bundy's velocity is down, but he has a 9.8 percent swinging strike rate despite the low strikeouts. Innings are definitely a concern for Bundy, who pitched 109.2 innings last season between being a starter and being in the bullpen.
Gerrit Cole pitched another good game, but couldn't get a win. He pitched seven innings and allowed two hits, one run, walked two and struck out eight. He is 1-3 with a 3.14 ERA and a 42:9 K:BB ratio in 43 innings.
Aaron Sanchez threw a 33-pitch bullpen on Sunday and had no issues with his cracked fingernail. He will make a rehab start on Tuesday and if it goes well, he could return over the weekend.
The Cardinals outfield has been hit hard by injuries. Stephen Piscotty was placed on the DL with a hamstring injury and Dexter Fowler missed the weekend with a shoulder injury. Jose Martinez was placed on the DL with a groin injury. The Cardinals called up Tommy Pham and Magneuris Sierra, a 21-year outfielder from High-A Palm Beach. Pham will get playing time and went 4-for-5 with two home runs, three RBIs and a steal Sunday. Fowler flew out as a pinch-hitter on Sunday.
Freddie Freeman hit his 11th homer.
Eric Thames broke out of a slump with his 12th homer Sunday.
Jacoby Ellsbury returned to the lineup after missing three games with a bruised nerve in his elbow and went 2-for-6 with a walk and a two-run homer.
Anthony Rizzo was hit by a 99-mile per hour fastball from Aroldis Chapman on the forearm in the bottom of the ninth inning. He stayed in and played nine more innings and X-rays were negative. Chapman blew his first save of the season against the Cubs, allowing three runs and three hits and two walks while getting two outs. The Yankees won 5-4 in 18 innings.
Luis Severino went seven innings and allowed one run, four hits, one walk and struck out nine in a no-decision against the Cubs. He has a 3.40 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and a 45:7 K:BB ratio in 39.2 innings.
Javier Baez is starting to heat up. He went 2-for-8 with a home run, two RBIs and a stolen base. He is hitting .261 with four home runs, 12 RBIs and two stolen bases.
Lance McCullers had another good outing on Saturday. He went seven innings and allowed one unearned run, two hits, two walks and struck out four in a no-decision. He is 2-1 with a 3.40 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 10.63 K/9 and a 2.76 BB/9.
Jason Vargas pitched six scoreless innings on Saturday and allowed four hits, two walks and struck out six in a no-decision. He is 4-1 with a 1.19 ERA.
Rick Porcello has pitched outside of one bad start in which he allowed four home runs. He pitched seven innings and allowed seven hits, one run, no walks and struck out six for the win over the Twins Saturday. He has a 3.95 ERA and 1.32 WHIP.
Roberto Osuna got his fourth save Sunday. He allowed a hit and a walk, but it was his fifth straight scoreless appearance.
Mark Reynolds hit a home run Saturday and hit his 11th on Sunday. He has homered in three straight games and is hitting .321 with 27 RBIs.
Julio Teheran has struggled at home and excelled on the road. He has an 8.14 ERA at home and 0.93 on the road. He pitched five innings at home against the Cardinals on Saturday and allowed four runs, nine hits, two walks and two home runs.
Mike Leake is rolling. He picked up another win and pitched seven innings and allowed three runs, three hits, two walks and two strikeouts. He is 4-1 with a 1.79 ERA and 0.94 WHIP.
J.C. Ramirez had another good start on Saturday. He pitched six innings and allowed eight hits, two walks, one earned run and struck out two in no-decision. In 28.2 innings as a starter, he has a 3.45 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 9.42 K/9, and a 2.83 BB/9. He should be owned in leagues of 12 teams or more.
Ryon Healy hit a walk-off homer against Francisco Rodriguez and it was the third straight games he homered. He is batting .257 with six home runs and 14 RBIs.
Jordan Zimmermann is getting hit hard and can't be rostered. He has allowed 2.16 HR/9 and a 44.7 percent hard hit rate. He allowed three home runs in 5.2 innings on Saturday against the A's.
Tyler Anderson has struggled this season, but had a career-high 10 strikeouts against the Diamondbacks Saturday. He pitched six innings and allowed six hits, one walk and one run in the win. He has a 6.69 ERA and 1.51 WHIP.
Sean Manaea will begin a rehab assignment Triple-A on Tuesday. He threw a 38-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.
Rich Hill threw a bullpen session on Saturday and is scheduled to make a rehab start Tuesday.
Ryan Braun continued to sit out, missing the weekend with a flexor strain in his right forearm. He is expected to return Tuesday.
Chris Tillman made his season debut Sunday and picked up a win against the White Sox. He went five scoreless innings and allowed three hits, three walks and struck out four.
Jose Quintana was coming off a great start, but he couldn't keep it going against the Orioles. He pitched five innings and allowed nine hits, three walks, four runs and stuck out four. He has a 4.46 ERA.
Joe Biagini made his first major league start Sunday and went four innings, allowing two hits, one unearned run, no walks and five strikeouts. He threw 52 pitches and manager John Gibbons Biagini will make at least one more start, but he likely won't have a high pitch count since he's been in the bullpen.
Jason Heyward missed the weekend with a knuckle injury.
The Cubs placed Brett Anderson on the 10-day DL with a back injury and called up Justin Grimm. Eddie Butler and Mike Montgomery are the leading candidates to take Anderson's spot.
Noah Syndergaard won't throw for six weeks and was moved to the 60-day DL.
David Price will throw four innings in a simulated game on Wednesday. If that goes well, he could begin a rehab assignment.
Jorge Soler was activated from the DL on Saturday.
Martin Prado left Sunday's game with a hamstring injury and will have an MRI.
Michael Brantley left Sunday's game with a sprained right ankle.
With the Padres-Dodgers getting postponed Sunday, Trevor Cahill will have a two-start week.
Hisashi Iwakuma will have his start pushed back from Tuesday to Thursday due to a sore knee after being hit with a comebacker in his last start.
Brandon Crawford will begin a rehab assignment Monday.
Yunel Escobar hit a pair of home runs Sunday.
Aaron Altherr missed a game over the weekend with wrist soreness and didn't start Sunday, but had two at-bats, including a three-run homer and a walk.
Jayson Werth had a big Sunday, going 4-for-5 with two home runs and three RBIs. He is batting .292 with five home runs and 10 RBIs.
Sandy Leon hit two home runs and had four RBIs Sunday.
Mookie Betts was moved to the lead off spot Saturday and was there again on Sunday. He went 3-for-6 with a double and home run. Andrew Benintendi was put in the cleanup spot and went 5-for-10 with two doubles, four runs, a homer, four RBIs and a stolen base over the weekend.
Chris Sale wasn't as sharp as he was all season against the Twins Sunday, but still struck out 10 in six innings, allowing four runs, four hits and three walks.
Kennys Vargas needs more at-bats. He homered for the second time in five games and is batting .294 with three home runs and eight RBIs in 31 at-bats.
Ervin Santana was bound to have a bad start and he did Sunday against the Red Sox. He allowed five hits and six runs in six innings. He walked three and struck out four as his ERA went to 1.72.