Arizona Diamondbacks News
[Arizona Sports] D-backs activate OF Tim Locastro, 1B Christian Walker off IL - Outfielder Tim Locastro and first baseman Christian Walker were reinstated from the 10-day injured list by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday. The D-backs sent outfielder Nick Heath and utility man Andrew Young to Triple-A Reno in a corresponding move after Arizona’s win over Colorado on Sunday. Locastro landed on the injured list after dislocating his finger on April 17, as his MLB-record 29 successful steals to begin a career came to an end. The speedy outfielder is batting .269 with three stolen bases so far this season. Walker went to the IL on April 12 due to a strained right oblique. In 10 games before his injury, Walker was hitting .179 with a double, a home run and three RBIs.
[The Athletic] From ‘run wild’ to ‘don’t try it’: How the Diamondbacks became a squad runners don’t steal on - Carson Kelly had a moment in spring training that made roughly 40 men wearing Diamondbacks uniforms erupt in cheers. It was early in camp, before games had even started, and the Diamondbacks were working on defending the stolen base. Kelly was crouched behind the plate with runners on first and third. The 26-year-old received a mock pitch and then erupted into a frenzy of motion. Heads collectively whipped toward second, but there was no ball in flight. Instead, Kelly had pump-faked so hard that the player on third had started toward home, allowing the catcher to throw behind him for an out as the runner scrambled back to the bag. Kelly’s effort drew praise so loud, you’d have thought he’d secured the final out of the World Series. But what elicited that vociferous approval was his technique. “The more you can make it look like a yard sale — with stuff flying everywhere, your mask flying off — the more you can sell it,” catching coach Robby Hammock said recently.
Around the League
[NBC Sports] Dodgers’ Dustin May to have Tommy John surgery - Dustin May got an MRI on and that was it. His season was over. May will have Tommy John surgery next week, leaving the Los Angeles Dodgers without one of baseball’s top young pitchers for the rest of their title defense (lol their what???). “It’s a big blow,” manager Dave Roberts said before the team’s series opener against the Cubs was postponed because of inclement weather in the forecast. “But we’ve got a lot of talented players, and we just got to find a way to fill that void.” The 23-year-old May was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday, a day after the right-hander winced in pain on the mound and was forced to leave a start at Milwaukee. The World Series champion Dodgers, already beset by several injuries to their pitching staff, said Dr. Neal El Attrache will perform May’s ligament reconstruction surgery on May 11 in Los Angeles.
[MLB Trade Rumors] Brewers Activate Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain; Option Tyrone Taylor, Keston Hiura - Brewers outfielders Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain will return from the 10-day injured list Monday as the first-place club begins a series against the Phillies, Robert Murray of FanSided reports. This will be the first action since April 11 for Yelich, who has been down with a back ailment. The Brewers were optimistic Yelich wouldn’t be out for long, evidenced by the fact that they didn’t place him on the IL until April 17 (retroactive to the 14th). Now that the former MVP is coming back from a three-week absence, he’ll try to build on the highly productive .333/.459/.367 line he logged in 37 plate appearances to start the season. However, the two-time 30-plus-home run hitter hasn’t left the yard yet in 2021.
[Yahoo Sports] Roberto Alomar resigns from Hall of Fame board, remains enshrined amid sexual misconduct allegation - The Baseball Hall of Fame accepted Roberto Alomar’s resignation from its board of directors on Monday amid an allegation of sexual misconduct against the former MLB star. Alomar will remain enshrined in the Hall of Fame. He was inducted in 2011. MLB fired Alomar from his job as a consultant and placed him on the ineligible list on Friday following an investigation into the allegation. The Toronto Blue Jays, meanwhile, fired Alomar from his position as a special assistant and announced that they were removing him from their Level of Excellence that recognizes “tremendous individual achievement.”