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MLB News and Notes: Week of May 21

It has been a while since I treated you to a trivia question. So with people losing their minds, as well as their FAAB budgets with recent call-ups like Juan Soto, here is a trivia question revolving around rookies. Who are the only two MLB players to win Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in the same year? Answer at the end of the article. Juan Soto Gets the Call Even as I wrote about Juan Soto last week, I was still surprised to see the young prospect called up to the big leagues. The move was decided after…

Medical Corner: Cueto, Ray, Buxton, Eaton, and More Injury Updates

Johnny Cueto, San Francisco Giants/Jordan Montgomery, New York Yankees Call it forearm tightness or elbow inflammation; semantics don't matter. These two players find themselves in danger of Tommy John surgery. Both are shut down for now and could be at least a month away from pitching if they receive good news. For Cueto, this problem stems back to July 2017 when he missed significant time in July and August with a similar injury. Montgomery said he has experienced mild elbow pain in the past and didn't expect to miss much…

Double Vision: Surprising Statistical Player Comparisons

One of the toughest things to keep a grip on in sports is the constant evolution of players. We get so used to seeing players like Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera compete for triple crowns every year that it takes us a long time to adjust our perception when those days start to fade. On the flip side, a new crop of players is always on the rise, ready to swoop in and steal headlines from the previous stars of the game. Winning in fantasy sports has a lot to do with getting in or out on players long before the public…

Medical Corner: Madison Bumgarner, Jeff Samardzija, Dinelson Lamet, and Greg Bird

Dr. Mike Tanner has treated patients with orthopedic injuries for over 10 years as a board-certified specialist and physical therapist. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D., educating physical therapy students and conducting research. My projected return dates are based on medical protocols, established rehabilitation guidelines, and evidence-based data. Most of the time, I will not agree with the timelines given by teams, beat writers, or others on social media. Madison Bumgarner – 5th Metacarpal Fracture We know the…

Spring Training News and Notes III

This edition could have easily had a Star Wars-inspired titled called Spring Training III: Revenge of the Injury Bug. It seems that a great deal of news this week concerns injuries. This has some wondering if Spring Training is too long. Some feel that, even in a year like this one when it is somewhat shorter than usual because of an early start to the regular season, everyone who was going to get their timing down well enough to make a big league roster has already done so. Therefore, we would be able to bypass the…