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The Diamondbacks looked like they were going to fall farther back in the National League Wild Card race Tuesday, but their MVP candidate bailed them out again. And then again.
Paul Goldschmidt lined one just over the left-field wall off of Orioles closer Jim Johnson to tie things up in the ninth inning, and then he lined one just over the right-field wall against T.J. McFarland for a walk-off shot in the 11th. The win meant the D’Backs held their ground 5.5 games behind the Reds for the NL’s second Wild Card spot. They’re 7.5 behind the Dodgers, who look like they’re going to run away with the division.
It was Goldschmidt’s fourth multi-homer game this season, and the big first baseman has now passed Pedro Alvarez for the NL league with 29 longballs. He’s also driven in 93, stolen 13 bases and batted .297/.390/.554 in a truly dominant fantasy season. He and Andrew McCutchen, who also homered Tuesday, are likely the favorites at this point for NL MVP honors.
Anderson Coming Back as a Reliever
If you’ve been stashing Brett Anderson on the DL for the last three months in hopes that he’ll provide a boost for your fantasy team down the stretch, I’ve got some bad news for you: It looks like Anderson will return as a reliever.
"It depends on what our needs are," A’s manager Bob Melvin told MLB.com. "We're keeping our options open, but we can get him back quicker in the bullpen, and that may be how we handle it to begin with."
Anderson was Oakland’s Opening Day starter this season, so the move is certainly surprising in that respect. On the other hand, the left-hander hasn’t appeared in a game in three months, and the A’s certainly aren’t hurting for rotation help at the moment. Anderson will begin a rehab assignment Saturday, throwing two innings for Triple-A Sacramento.
The news means that Sonny Gray should get an extended look in the A’s rotation. The 23-year-old pitched well in his first major league start over the weekend, holding the Blue Jays to two runs over six frames. Including his relief appearances, the former first-round pick boasts a 1.80 ERA and 1.00 WHIP with 11 strikeouts over 10 innings.
Johnson Lands on DL with Forearm Injury
Josh Johnson’s disastrous 2013 season might be mercifully coming to an end.
After being scratched from Monday’s start due to a sore right forearm, the ailment landed Johnson on the DL Wednesday. He’ll undergo an MRI to determine the extent of the damage, but even if the exam goes relatively well for the right-hander, there would seem to be a pretty decent chance he won’t make it back with just seven weeks remaining in the season.
"Doctors are just taking a look at him now and they're going to send him for MRIs," general manager Alex Anthopoulos told MLB.com. "Off the exams, structurally and things like that, it doesn't look serious, but he doesn't feel right."
Johnson arrived in Toronto with high expectations in the big trade with the Marlins over the offseason, but he struggled from the get-go. The right-hander’s velocity remained down a bit for the second straight year, and he’s posted a 6.20 ERA and 1.66 WHIP over 16 starts for the Jays. The impending free agent has certainly cost himself a lot of money with his performance north of the border. Toronto will use Esmil Rogers as Johnson’s replacement for now.
National League Quick Hits: Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) is expected to return to the Dodgers' lineup Wednesday ... Yadier Molina (knee) went through a full workout with no issues Tuesday and is on track to return Thursday ... Dan Uggla will undergo LASIK surgery but is expected back when his 15 days are up ... Scooter Gennett belted a pair of home runs in Tuesday’s win over the Rangers ... Hyun-Jin Ryu out-dueled Matt Harvey Tuesday, spinning seven innings of one-run ball against the Mets ... Marco Estrada had his second straight nice outing since returning from the DL, holding the Rangers to one run over six frames Tuesday ... Christian Yelich went 3-for-4 while plating the only run in Tuesday’s win over the Royals ... Wilson Ramos is day-to-day after re-injuring his left hamstring Tuesday ... Matt Holliday left Tuesday's game against the Pirates after turning his ankle but should be considered day-to-day ... Carlos Quentin is still feeling pain in his right knee and won’t return Thursday when eligible ... Cody Ross will miss the rest of the season but is expected to be ready for spring training following hip surgery ... Yovani Gallardo (hamstring) could rejoin the Brewers' rotation as soon as next Tuesday ... Andre Ethier was scratched from the Dodgers' lineup Tuesday due to left calf tightness ... Marco Scutaro was scratched from the Giants' lineup Tuesday due to a stiff back ... Angel Pagan (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment by the end of this week ... Wilmer Flores could land on the DL with an ankle injury ... Aramis Ramirez was hitless in three at-bats in his return from the DL Tuesday ... Carlos Gonzalez (finger) is unlikely to be activated from the disabled list when first eligible next Tuesday ... Matt Harvey is likely to be shut down once he reaches 200 innings ... Cameron Maybin has been pulled from his rehab assignment due to continued pain in his left knee ...
American League Quick Hits: Chia-Jen Lo earned his first career save in Tuesday’s win over the A’s ... Chris Davis blasted his 44th homer in a loss against Arizona on Tuesday ... Bruce Chen held the Marlins scoreless over seven innings Tuesday, lowering his ERA to 1.62 ... Erick Aybar left Tuesday’s game with a calf cramp but thinks he’ll play Wednesday ... Alfonso Soriano belted a pair of homers while driving in six runs in a win over the Angels Tuesday ... Koji Uehara's $4.25 million option for 2014 vested with his 55th appearance Tuesday ... Brad Miller had two solo home runs in the Mariners' win over the Rays on Tuesday ... Ben Zobrist matched him with two home runs in the same game ... Derek Jeter (calf) took batting practice Tuesday, but his return date remains up in the air ... Matt Harrison (back) has been shut down for the year ... No. 1 overall pick Mark Appel will make two more starts before being shut down ... Jason Hammel (forearm) will resume throwing on Friday after feeling improvement following a cortisone shot ... Dustin Ackley will get an extended look in the outfield in the coming weeks ... Clay Buchholz (shoulder) will throw a full bullpen session Wednesday ... Colby Rasmus (oblique) could be placed on the disabled list if he doesn't show improvement Wednesday ... Mike Moustakas (calf) is expected to miss a third straight game Wednesday ... The Rangers released Manny Ramirez from his minor league contract ... Desmond Jennings (finger) was cleared to swing a bat on Monday and hopes to return when first eligible ... Coco Crisp (wrist) missed a second straight game Tuesday ... Corey Kluber (finger) played catch on Tuesday ...