Some significant developments took place over the weekend in the National League. As a result, let us take a look at a few of them in Supplemental Sunday.
Pablo Sandoval. As you may have heard by now, Sandoval suffered the dreaded broken hamate bone in his right wrist. Unfortunately, Sandoval is out at least 4-6 weeks between surgery, recovery and rehabilitation stint. As we know, however, broken hamate bones are tricky things; sometimes the recovery time is short, and, other times, it literally sucks the power away for months and months. Ryan Rohlinger has been called up to replace Sandoval on the roster, but he is little more than depth (keep in mind that Mark DeRosa is also on the disabled list). At some point, I suspect Brandon Belt will rejoin the club, but there is no time-table for his return. Tough blow if you own Sandoval (I do).
Zack Greinke. The Brewers confirmed that Greinke will start on Wednesday in Atlanta. As usual, I issue my caveat that Greinke has not thrown a major league inning yet, but there is little reason to leave one of your aces sitting on the bench. I have not seen word yet on who might be sent down.
Fernando Salas. Add another closer to the mix. Tony LaRussa has used Mitchell Boggs in the 8th inning and the 7th inning over the last two days. Eduardo Sanchez is young and raw, and blew his first save opportunity. So, now, Salas is in the mix for saves as well. He is a good enough reliever to work as a part-timer closer, so it would not hurt your peripherals to add him.
Ryan Zimmerman. Well, Zimmerman owners, he suffered a different injury (torn abdominal muscle), but you can expect him to be out 4-6 weeks as well. In the short-term, the Nationals thought they could get by with Brian Bixler and Jerry Hairston, Jr. I am not sure that is true over the course of two months, but Hairston should get the bulk of at-bats.