MLB Weekly Digest 6/5/17

The previous week in MLB was about a superstar player undergoing surgery, a club in the American League losing a member of the rotation for several weeks and a pair of players receive suspensions stemming from a fight that occurred earlier in the week.

Angels’ Trout Out Six to Eight Weeks After Thumb Surgery

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout will be sidelined for several weeks as he underwent surgery on Wednesday to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb, per an announcement by the Angels.

The timetable to recover from this type of operation is between six to eight weeks.

The injury to Trout is a monumental loss for the Angels and him personally.

He is the best hitter on their roster. The superstar player was putting together a stellar campaign before going under the knife.

He compiled a .337 batting average and 1.203 OPS in 47 games with 16 home runs, 36 RBIs, 10 stolen bases and a 225 OPS+.

The graphic from ESPN Stats & Info illustrates how much Trout means to the Angels’ lineup.

Trout was on his way to having another excellent season and probably could have been considered as the favorite for the AL MVP.

This setback hurts, and hopefully, Trout can have a speedy recovery as his presence will be missed on the diamond.

Royals Starter Duffy Out Six to Eight Weeks with Oblique Injury

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy won’t be throwing a baseball anytime soon.

The southpaw will be out six to eight weeks with a grade-one oblique strain, per Jeffrey Flanagan of

Duffy suffered the injury in his last start against the Cleveland Indians says, Flanagan.

He experienced success in the rotation and bullpen for the Royals last year, by posting a 3.51 ERA in 42 games (26 starts) spread across 179.2 innings.

The club rewarded Duffy with a five-year contract extension during the offseason for his stellar performance on the mound, per Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star. 

The left-hander was having a solid season before the injury. He accumulated a 3.54 ERA in 68.2 innings (11 starts) with 54 strikeouts, four homers yielded, a 3.45 FIP and a 121 ERA+.

The absence of Duffy leaves a huge hole in the rotation for the Royals. The team is currently fourth in the AL Central with a 24-30 record.

Nationals Harper and Giants Strickland Receive Suspensions

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper and San Francisco Giants reliever Hunter Strickland have been suspended four and six games, respectively for their roles in a brawl that happened in Monday’s contest, per ESPN.

The incident took place in the eighth inning when Strickland drilled Harper with a fastball. Harper raced to the mound and punches were thrown. Each of the players was ejected from the game.

The supposed reason behind Strickland plunking Harper was to get revenge for Harper hitting two home runs against him and showing the pitcher up in the 2014 postseason.

Harper did appeal the suspension, and it was reduced to three games, per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Harper is having an MVP-type season, by compiling a .322 batting average, 15 home runs, and 41 RBI. He’s one reason the Nationals have the best record on the Senior Circuit at 34-20.

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