RealGM Baseball Wiretap
Matt Cain has featured a different release point this season and the results have been mixed.
He has a 5.43 ERA and has allowed 13 home runs in just 56.1 innings. The right-hander allowed just 21 home runs in all of last season.
Cain's strikeout and walk rates are still close to his career numbers.
Chris Quick of Bay City Ball used graphs and video to showcase the change in Cain's release point.
"From 2007-2010 Cain had a fairly consistent vertical release point," Quick writes. "He lowered it in 2011 and it remained at pretty much the same point in 2012. This year, he's dropped even further. His pitches, across the board, are coming out of a lower release point these days."
The Oakland Athletics could be without Brett Anderson for up to six weeks after he was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right foot.
Anderson felt pain in his foot while running in the outfield this week.
The left-hander, who came back from Tommy John surgery last summer after missing 14 months, has been on the disabled list since May 1 with a sprained right ankle.
"It's pretty frustrating, disappointing and all the other similar adjectives," Anderson said. "I was two days away from making another rehab start and now I'm in a walking boot with a fracture in my foot."
The Houston Astros have trimmed payroll recently, but they may be preparing to open their wallet to sign Jose Altuve to a long-term extension.
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle that the team "will consider any opportunity to keep [Altuve] here over the long haul."
Altuve has a .294/.336/.397 batting line in 1,031 career plate appearances.
David Price has landed on the disabled list for the first time in his career.
The Tampa Bay Rays placed Price on the DL with a strained left triceps.
"They're not overly concerned. The doctors just felt it was wise to calm it down right now," Joe Maddon said. "Our biggest concern ... is take your time with it so it doesn't pop back up. We have that in mind with everybody. With David, we'll utilize that same philosophy. I don't think, and we don't think, it's going to be an extended period of time."
Price, who left Wednesday night's start against Boston in the third inning, could miss two, maybe three starts if necessary.
"If that happens I'm fine with it," the manager said. "We have plans of playing in October. We're not getting there without him. So if it takes an extra start to make sure he's well, that's what we'll do."
Ron Washington is defending the 130 pitches he allowed Yu Darvish to throw against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night.
Darvish had already thrown 104 pitches with the Texas Rangers holding a 9-4 lead after six innings when the right-hander was sent back out to the mound.
"I saw the big lead," Washington said. "The lineup they got, it's not soft anywhere in it. Even though we had the lead, I wasn't comfortable. I felt like he needed to get us through the eighth inning to give our bullpen a break, and he certainly did that."
Darvish, who threw 127 pitches two starts ago against Boston, said he wanted to keep going when Washington came up to him after the seventh inning and asked for another inning.
"Wash asked if I could go longer, and he seemed like he wanted me to go longer," Darvish said. "I felt good. And I wanted to help the bullpen."
Jose Valverde has helped, but the Detroit Tigers are still "looking hard" for bullpen help, according to a source.
Detroit made another bullpen move on Thursday, demoting middle reliever Al Alburquerque.
The Tigers originally hoped that rookie Bruce Rondon would prove ready to close, but Rondon had a rough spring and opened the season in the minor leagues.
If the Chicago White Sox don't turn things around, there is a decent chance they'll sell off some of their parts to restock the farm system.
Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago believes that if Chicago does hold a firesale, Chris Sale and perhaps Jake Peavy would be the only untouchables.
Mark Reynolds signed a one-year deal with the Cleveland Indians this offseason and has helped them become one of the most power-heavy teams in baseball.
He is hitting .271/.362/.581 with 11 home runs and 34 RBI in 38 games.
"This could wind up being a big platform season for Reynolds," writes Jordan Bastian. "That said, there is no denying what he has brought both to the lineup and clubhouse. Cleveland doesn't have a blanket policy on in-season negotiations, but there haven't been any rumblings yet of extension talks."
Francisco Rodriguez, who signed a minor league deal with the Brewers in April, was activated on Thursday night.
Rodriguez said he had other options this spring, including an immediate Major League deal, but he liked Milwaukee.
"There were a few teams out there, but I was waiting for the right opportunity," Rodriguez said. "I had a few options I could have taken to be at the big league level right away, but I wasn't ready physically to make that commitment.
"I like the ballclub. I really do feel comfortable here. I could've gone elsewhere and taken a big league job. But I didn't. I was just waiting for the right moment. It came and we got it done."
Josh Hamilton says that doctors have told him his allergy issues haven't been caused by past drug use, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Hamilton has been sick with sinus congestion that makes him prone to dizziness and sensitive to the lights at major league stadiums.
"You have a hallway up the middle of your nose and sinus cavities on each side," Hamilton said. "When you breathe air, it goes up and down the hallway.
"Same thing when you do drugs, it goes up the hallway, not into the sinus cavities. I told the doctor I had never had allergies before I started doing any of that stuff, but he said [drug use] has nothing to do with it."