Atlanta Braves- Top prospect Tommy Hanson made his major league debut today. In 6 IP he allowed six earned runs, struck out five, and walked one. Hanson earned no decision on the day. While he appeared to have the same strikeout ability he showed in the minors, mistakes led to him allowing two homers to Ryan Braun and on to Mike Cameron.
New York Mets- Jose Reyes, who had been on the mend with an injured calf, underwent an MRI Thursday afternoon, which revealed a new injury, a tear in his right hamstring. Reports have the speedster returning to everyday play in July. As the Metsblog said to us in our interview however, considering the way the Mets have handled injuries, it could be far later.
Philadelphia Phillies- Brad Lidge has blown six saves this season, including two this week. Despite his return to Houston Astros form, Lidge remains Charlie Manual’s, “guy.”
“His stuff is good. There’s nothing wrong with his stuff. I think it’s important for him to keep his confidence. I think the opposite of how some other people think. My way of thinking is if you rest him or do something else with him or put him somewhere else, I think that can hurt his confidence. I’m speaking right from my heart. That’s how I look at it because I played 20 years. I think I do know a little bit about it. His stuff is still good.”-Charlie Manual
Florida Marlins- After a slow month of April for Hanley Ramirez, the player often labled the best all around in baseball, he has been on a tear bringing his averages to .338/.408/.549. In the Month of May he hit .359/.445/.621 with six homers and 11 RBI and in June he has batted .400/.423/.520. Despite his efforts, the Marlins team record was far better in April than May.