Giants pitcher Derek Holland said over the weekend that the team had told him to fake an injury so they could hide him on the injured list. It’s one of the stranger news stories Major League Baseball has seen in a while (and that’s saying something). The team is denying the allegation and has some receipts. Elsewhere, the demise of the reigning world champion Red Sox was greatly exaggerated, the Dodgers have an ace — and his name isn’t Clayton Kershaw or Walker Buehler — and Edwin Jackson is approaching an unprecedented milestone.
Hmm. Sounds an awful lot like Derek Holland made something up because he was salty about a move to the bullpen. It raises an interesting discussion, though.
The #SFGiants have provided documented medical reports and MRIs to #MLB today to show evidence that Derek Holland did not go on the injured list earlier this season with a ‘fake injury’ as Holland described it Saturday night after being told he’s being demoted to the bullpen.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) May 12, 2019
After a sluggish start, the Red Sox have gotten red hot. Yeah, turns out the defending champions will be a big factor in the American League East again.
Hi. We scored 34 runs this weekend.
How’s your weekend going? pic.twitter.com/dXJe1TS9aQ
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) May 12, 2019
Hyun-Jin Ryu isn’t supposed to be the Dodgers’ best starting pitcher, or even their second-best. But he’s thrown two near no-hitters in a row and is showing off Los Angeles’ ridiculous depth.
Pitchers to have three outings in a row of 8+ IP, no more than 1 run and 4 baserunners allowed, since the dead ball era:
– Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD), 2019
– Clayton Kershaw (LAD), 2016
– Clayton Kershaw (LAD), 2015
– Cliff Lee (CLE), 2008
– Sandy Koufax (LAD), 1963
— Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) May 12, 2019
Edwin Jackson is productive enough to stay in the big leagues, but not valuable enough to hold onto, apparently. He was traded again this week, and when he debuts for the Blue Jays, it’ll be his MLB-record 14th team.
Players traded for Edwin Jackson power rankings
1 Max Scherzer
2 Austin Jackson
3 Colby Rasmus
4 Matt Joyce
5 Daniel Hudson
6 Jason Frasor
7 Phil Coke
8 Trever Miller
9 Danys Baez
10 Daniel Schlereth
11 David Holmberg
12 Zach Stewart
13 PJ Walters
14 Brian Tallet
15 Lance Carter
— Chickelon Musk Puppet (@chicken__puppet) May 11, 2019
Oy. Another black eye for Tropicana Field, which houses a very good team in the Rays but is a problem for Major League Baseball. Tampa Bay’s game with the Yankees was delayed for 43 minutes Sunday because of a ninth-inning power outage.
Is Tropicana Field the worst stadium in baseball? Let’s see the results. pic.twitter.com/BUH1wBKl7M
— Jake Montgomery (@JakeM0NTGOMERY) May 12, 2019
• Giants president says lefty Holland’s injury wasn’t ‘fake’ | Associated Press
• Michael Chavis (3 hits, 5 RBIs), J.D. Martinez (2 homers) lead Boston Red Sox to series sweep over Mariners | MassLive.com
• Ryu flirts with no-no for second straight start | CBS Sports
• Journeyman pitcher Edwin Jackson on the verge of history | Associated Press
• Power outage at Trop delays game 43 minutes | ESPN.com