Gordon Beckham, ss, White Sox: Beckham’s outstanding start to his pro career will be briefly on delay. The 2008 first-round pick hasn’t played since Thursday due to a strained abdominal muscle. Beckham, 22, has been crushing the Double-A Southern League with a .303/.381/.505 line through 26 games. He has only two home runs, but Birmingham’s home park suppresses home run output, so Beckham has piled up the doubles with 14, second in the SL to the Reds’ Todd Frazier.
Neftali Feliz, rhp, Rangers: Feliz is expected to return to Triple-A Oklahoma’s rotation tomorrow after missing his last start with a sore shoulder. He’ll also need to start throwing more strikes when he returns to lower his 5.03 ERA after five starts. Feliz’s power arm has helped him strike out 21 batters in 19 2/3 innings, but he’s also walked 16.
Wilson Ramos, c, Twins: Minnesota’s starting catcher for Double-A New Britain will miss at least a week, according to the New Britain Herald:
Ramos, 21, broke the tip of the middle finger on his catching (left) hand Friday night on a play where a pitch hit the right-handed batter’s forearm and caught him on the carom.
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“As far as catching goes, [the injury] is very common,” said (Rock Cats manager Tom) Nieto, a former big league catcher. “I’ve had that happen on the same finger twice.”
Ramos will also need to show better strike-zone discipline when he returns. He’s batting .269/.289/.344, with only two walks in 97 plate appearances.
Kelvin de la Cruz, lhp, Indians: De la Cruz looked like a possible breakout prospect after his first two starts, but it turns out those will be the only two starts he will make until some time in July due to a strained UCL in his left elbow. The 20-year-old lefty made two starts for high Class A Kinston, pitching 12 innings and allowing two runs, two walks and six hits with 19 strikeouts.
Nick Schmidt, lhp, Padres: Schmidt returned to action last night for an inning of relief work, and the Padres plan to ease him back into action after shutting him down for a week due to soreness in his left elbow. Before the injury, Schmidt made four starts this year, which is one more game than he’s pitched in his entire career since the Padres made him a first-round pick in 2007 out of Arkansas. He missed all of last season due to Tommy John surgery. This year Schmidt has surrendered 13 runs (12 earned) in 17 2/3 innings with 10 walks, though he has also struck out 20.
Jesus Delgado, rhp, Mariners: Delgado went on the seven-day disabled list with a sprained right knee, which he suffered chasing after a foul ball toward the third base line. The News Tribune of Tacoma reports that an MRI revealed no structural damage. Delgado was a nice pickup for Seattle in the offseason, claiming the 25-year-old reliever off waivers from Florida. Delgado will never have above-average control, but he can sit with his fastball at 93-95 mph with an above-average curveball. In 14 2/3 innings this year for Triple-A Tacoma, Delgado has given up 12 runs (10 earned) and eight walks, but he has struck out 13.
Quick Hits: Blue Jays shortstop Justin Jackson went on the DL with a tweaked left shoulder. He should return to the high Class A Dunedin lineup in around a week . . . Athletics left fielder Aaron Cunningham missed a month after separating his shoulder, but he returned to Triple-A Sacramento’s lineup on Monday, going 2-for-5 with a double. The A’s could use some help on offense at the big league level, where as of Tuesday they ranked 24th in the MLB in runs per game, last in OBP and slugging and 29th in OPS+ . . . Double-A San Antonio got a boost when Padres right fielder Kellen Kulbacki made his season debut on Saturday. Kulbacki had been out recovering from offseason surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder . . . Padres second baseman Eric Sogard has a strained groin. He could be back with San Antonio by this weekend.
Contributing: Matt Eddy
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