• Pitchers are being sidelined due to injury all over the league. The Tampa Bay Rays’ David Price was diagnosed with a strained left triceps and is on the 15-day disabled list. Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay underwent surgery on Thursday to repair his labrum and rotator cuff and will miss 6-8 weeks. Halladay later apologized to Phillies fans for missing time. Although the New York Yankees have stayed in first place despite having several players on the disabled list, one of their most reliable pitchers — Andy Pettitte — is headed there after straining a muscle in his upper shoulder/back. And finally, Brett Anderson of the Oakland A’s is out up to six weeks with a stress fracture in his right foot. It’s a common belief that you really need 7-8 quality starting pitchers to make it through a season. Many teams are finding that out before June 1. The Indians, likewise, have already had eight different pitchers start a game.
• On Monday, the Washington Nationals’ young superstar Bryce Harper — known for his Charlie-Hustle-like effort on the diamond — ran head-first into the wall at Dodger Stadium trying to track down a fly ball. The collision was rather brutal, and Harper lay on the ground for several minutes and then got up with blood streaming down his neck and bruised ribs on his left side. All he did upon his return to the starting lineup on Thursday was launch a 432-foot home run. He also tweeted during the week “I will keep playing this game hard for the rest of my life even if it kills me! I will never stop! #RespectTheGame.” Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis responded on Twitter with “#Thatwallbegstodiffer.”
• In a very precious moment, a father — Lt. Col. Will Adams, who had been serving in Afghanistan — was able to surprise his family thanks to the Tampa Bay Rays. Adams’ 9-year-old daughter, Alayna, was set to throw out the first pitch at a Rays game. What she didn’t know was that Adams was catching, hidden by wearing full catcher’s gear and a facemask. After the pitch, Adams took off the mask and smiled and Alayna sprinted into his arms. It’ll be hard to find a more memorable and meaningful game of catch.
— Ryan Lewis