Another day, another suspension, as Bartolo Colon became the second player in a week to be suspended 50-games after testing positive for testosterone earlier today. If you didn’t hear, the Giants Melky Cabrera was suspended last week for failing a drug test. More on the Colon suspension, and the Cabrera suspension from Getting Blanked’s own Dustin Parkes.
No word yet on if Colon’s people have created a fake website to help with any appeal process.
And the rest from around MLB:
Twins outfielder Denard Span is too claustrophobic to have a MRI. [MLB.com]
Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova has been sent back to New York for tests on his shoulder. [Twitter]
The Dodgers Jerry Hairston Jr. may need hip surgery that would end his season. [Los Angeles Times]
The Milwaukee Brewers have released pitcher Randy Wolf, on his birthday of all days! [Twitter]
The Cleveland Indians have officially shut down Grady Sizemore for the season. [MLB.com] Might be time for a new “Grady Sizemore” Song boys!
The Arizona Diamondbacks will focus on finding a shortstop this off season [azcentral.com]
Brewers pitcher Shaun Marcum is expected to start Saturday against the Pirates. [Twitter]
Nationals 2012 first round selection Lucas Giolito will likely need Tommy John surgery. [MASNSports.com]
Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and First baseman Jason Giambi are expected to start rehab assignments on Friday. [Twitter]
Johan Santana’s season is over for the Mets [Twitter]
Looking ahead to tonight:
Few days games on the calendar today, but none the less, still a few big games tonight in the majors.
Kris Medlen and the Atlanta Braves will look to avoid the sweep at the hands of the Washington Nationals. In his four games as a starter, Medlen is 3-0 and has 22 strikeouts in his 25 2/3 innings. Ross Detwiler counters for the Nats, who own a seven game lead in the division on the Braves. Prediction: Braves 3 Nationals 2
The Giants will look for a sweep of the Dodgers tonight that would give them a 2 1/2 game lead in the NL West. Matt Cain goes for San Fran while the surprising Chris Capuano goes for the Dodgers. In his career at Dodger Stadium, Cain owns one win in nine starts. Prediction: Giants 5 Dodgers 2