Rendon went 3 for 4 with two home runs and five RBIs in the series opener with the Mariners, leaving him with a .278/.381/.483 line on the year. Dusty Baker told reporters last August, that Rendons early-season struggles in April of 2016 were tied to his hands. Rendons hands, Baker said, are unbelievable... some of the quickest hands offensively and defensively.
Aaron Hicks has been nothing short of fantastic this season, batting .291/.426/.573 with eight homers, 20 RBI, and six steals over 34 games. That’s all well and good, but there’s been no clear path to regular playing time with Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, Aaron Judge, and Matt Holliday all healthy. While it was the product of unfortunate circumstances, fantasy owners won’t have to worry about that for at least a little while. Ellsbury is headed to the disabled list after suffering a concussion and a neck sprain during Wednesday’s game against the Royals. He suffered the injuries in a collision with the center field fence in the first inning. It’s really too bad, as Ellsbury was off to a nice
Ross was optioned to the minors on May 2 after posting a 7.47 ERA over his first three starts this season for Washington. Nationals pitching coach Mike Maddux noticed that he was using a lower arm slot, which can sometimes be a cause-and-effect for shoulder problems. Ross battled right shoulder inflammation last year, but he checked out fine with the club’s medical staff earlier this month and he made the necessary mechanical adjustments at Triple-A before returning with a vengeance on Tuesday. The talented 24-year-old right-hander now boasts a 3.73 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 182/54 K/BB ratio in 205 1/3 innings since debuting at the major league level in 2015 at age 22. He can be a highly valuable