MLBbro On The Mend | Jazz “The Bahamian Blur” Chisolm Will Soon Return To Action

MLBbro On The Mend | Jazz “The Bahamian Blur” Chisolm Will Soon Return To Action

Miami Marlins shortstop Jazz Chisholm took live at-bats Tuesday in Jupiter, Florida, for the teams’ Triple-A affiliate. 

 

 

 

An exact timetable for Chisholm’s return is unknown, but all reports speculate that the speedster could be back from the 10-day Injury List as early as Friday when the Marlins start their homestand vs. the New York Yankees.

 

The Marlins placed Chisholm on the IL on July 19 after the shortstop suffered what looked to be a severe shoulder injury after attempting to make a miraculous play on a Bryce Harper bloop single out in rightfield during a July 18 matchup vs. the Philadelphia Phillies.

 

 

The team and the fan base should be elated by how confident Chisholm regards his injury, as all signs pointed to something more severe as he laid motionless while waiting to be attended to by the teams’ medical staff.

He told the Miami Herald about the injury, “It could have been way worse than it was, easily. The doctor said, especially if I had hit the ground a little bit harder, and that could have been it for the season.”

While taking ground balls last week, Chisholm rejoiced at how he feels like he is ready to get back out on the field as soon as the team doctors clear him to return.

Expectations are for Chisholm to continue rehabbing until July 29, during the teams’ off-day ahead of their homestead, as mentioned earlier.

 

 

Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Chisholm’s speedy recovery is encouraging, especially since he showed so much motion only days after the initial injury. 

He told the Miami Herald, “We will see what the trainers say, but him being out there is very encouraging. I know he is excited.”

Mattingly added, “he stopped by my office on the way in. It is good that he is healing quick, but I am sure we will be careful and let medical dictate when he is ready.”

Being on the injury list is nothing new for the bohemian blur who earlier in the season missed 16 games after he suffered a left hamstring strain in early May.

 

He also missed a few games in late May with a right ankle sprain and some foot discomfort in early June after taking an unavoidable pitch off his right foot.

 

 

As the team continues its search for a spark down the stretch, Mattingly told MLB.com that Chisholm could skip the recommended rehab assignments and continue taking BPs as preparation for reinstatement by July 30. 

Mattingly referenced that a few live pitches could be enough to get him back up to speed as the team is hopeful for reinstatement when he first becomes available Friday.

 

Through 263 at-bats, Chisholm will return to a .251 batting average with 38 runs scored, 34 RBI, 11 bases on balls, and 11 home runs which is a breath of fresh air for a struggling Marlins team who are last in National League East and losers of 10 out of their previous 14 games.

Listen up for the sweet sounds of the Jazzman as he should be Grazing In The Grass-like Hugh Masekela in a nightcap Friday evening against the Bronx Bombers at loanDepot park. First pitch scheduled at 7:10 p.m.

 

Tony Kemp Is Getting His Bat Back In Gear After A Short Slump Leading Into All-Star Break

Tony Kemp Is Getting His Bat Back In Gear After A Short Slump Leading Into All-Star Break

Headed into the All-Star break, Tony Kemp was struggling at the plate.

Since the second half of the season has started, Kemp has picked it up and put together more productive at bats for the Oakland Athletics.

From July 6th to July 11th Kemp went hitless and the All-Star break could not have come at a better time for the veteran. Coming into July, Kemp had back-to-back impressive months at the plate in May and June.

 

 

In both months, he hit .292 and made a significant impact in the Athletics lineup.

He’s recently had some better performances at the plate and that’s the big turnaround he’s needed. Kemp returned from the All-Star break and delivered a four-game hit streak. It seemed as if that break was what Kemp needed to get himself rested for the second half of the season.

He had his best game of the month so far on July 24th against the Seattle Mariners. Our MLBbro went 2-for-4 at the plate with a run scored and a RBI. That was the first time he had a multi-hit game in over a month. He was definitely due for a game like that. He’s way too good a hitter to continue to struggle. 

From the end of May to the beginning of June, Kemp went on an eight-game hitting streak. 

 

 

Throughout June, Kemp continued to have impressive performances at the plate and he wanted that to continue going into July. At the start of July, Kemp could not buy a hit. He only had two hits in 10 games.

On July 3rd, Kemp went hitless against the Boston Red Sox, but he came up in a big way to help his team win the game.

Despite going 0-for-4 at the plate, Kemp hit a sacrifice fly to help the Athletics defeat the Red Sox 7-6.

Kemp was not pleased with his performance that game, but he was glad he helped the team come out with a win. 

“That was a relief,” Kemp told reporters after the game. “Leading up to that point in the game, that was, thinking back, I think that was, up to that point, the worst game I’ve played in the big leagues. Just a lot of thinking going on there, like such a long game, sometimes you help your team win, sometimes you help your team lose. Unfortunately, for a long time in that game, I was on the unfortunate end of that.”

Through 79 games he’s hitting .253 with four home runs and 19 RBI.

Sometimes baseball can be a funny game. You can go hitless in a game and still be the hero and that’s exactly what happened to Kemp. That was the one bright spot during his hitless streak before the All-Star break and now that’s all behind him as he looks to continue to make an impact for his team trying to hang in the AL West race, sitting five game sbehind the first place Astros.  

There will be times where a player might struggle at the plate for an extended period of time, but they can’t let that affect their game. How they respond to that adversity and make adjustements determines the success they have. 

Don’t be surprised if Kemp finishes out July on a positive note and carries that throughout the remainder of the season.

Daniel “Jet” Johnson Is Living God, Family & Baseball

Daniel “Jet” Johnson Is Living God, Family & Baseball

God, Family and Baseball are the three things that Indians outfielder Daniel “Jet” Johnson lives for.

While he battles to earn a permanent spot on the Big League roster, he has already found success in the world of entrepreneurship.

Johnson is getting a chance to prove himself at the Major League level as his Cleveland Guardians have been decimated with injuries this year.

 

 


The Guardians recently lost fellow MLBbro Josh Naylor who is out the remainder of the season after suffering a gruesome leg injury.

 

Off the field Johnson is already proving he is more than an athlete.

He and some friends from his hometown created a sportswear brand called “God, Family, Baseball.”

 It is a movement as well as a lifestyle, striving to see young talent work hard and succeed both on and off the field.  

Johnson is joined by MLBbro J.R. Davis, who was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the15th round of the 2016 draft out of Oklahoma State. Armani Smith, an outfielder in the San Francisco Giants organization is also down with the team. 


From t-shirts, hats, workout wear, socks, fanny-packs and of course masks, G.F.B. has swag for any occasion.

 

 

The brand also continually gives back to their community.  During May of 2020, GFB held their third annual homeless give back where they provided Hot plates, hygiene products and clothes to over 100 people in Vallejo, California.

 


They also post different motivational quotes, workout videos and highlights from each other’s journey to the Bigs.

 


On the field Johnson is trying to stand alone and make a name for himself.  He was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the fifth round of the 2016 MLB Draft out of New Mexico State University.

After batting .515 in his final year at Jesse M. Bethel High School in his hometown of Vallejo, California he went undrafted in the 2013 draft and decided to attend Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.

During his freshman season he recorded a .274 batting average and two home runs before transferring.

At one point Johnson was the 10th ranked player in the Nationals system and even won the teams Minor League Player of the Year award in 2017.

 

However, in November of 2018 he was sent to Cleveland in a deal for veteran catcher Yan Gomes.  

Johnson played in the 2019 Futures Game and was promoted to the 40-man roster at the end of that season.

He debuted in the Majors on July 25th of 2020 but struggled at the plate, batting just .083 in just five games.

 

 

This season Johnson was brought up to help platoon in right field for the injured Eddie Rosario.  

Through 15 games he has a .205 batting average with 8 runs. He also has two home runs, the first of his career coming in front of his friends and family at the Oakland Coliseum earlier this July.


Even though his Indians are nearly 10 games back of the Chicago White Sox for first place in the American League Central, they are only five back of the final wild card spot.

Since injuries have derailed their season, especially in the starting rotation, it is very possible the Indians become sellers at the trade deadline.

 If that is the case, Johnson should get multiple opportunities to prove he can be a part of a potential championship lineup going forward as the Guardians establish the foundation for a new future.

DJ Stewart Has Everything You Want In A Baseball Player

DJ Stewart Has Everything You Want In A Baseball Player

Corner outfielder DJ Stewart is chomping at the bit for the Baltimore Orioles to open the gates of opportunity. And due to unforeseen circumstances, it seems the time is now.

News broke over the weekend that the Baltimore Orioles had to place two players on the Covid-19 injured list, of which one is an outfielder. 

With no timetable for a return, Stewart is an MLBbro who should get the ultimate green light.

 

After a few bright spots earlier in the season, the lone bird was relegated to the bench as others usurped him like the newly found All-Star Cedric Mullins, whose career continues to ascend.


In 191 plate appearances, Stewart, who struck out 66 times, is hitting .205 with an on-base percentage of .311.

 

He’s accounted for 27 walks, 24 RBI, seven home runs, and six doubles,showing that the potential is there.


The glovework wasn’t helping his case for more playing time either.

His difficulties on the defense took center stage when he misjudged a ball in the leftfield vs. the New York Yankees, leading to a concussion.

Peace does not come without conflict.

After finishing his collegiate career with the Florida State Seminoles, the 27-year-old slashed .344/.481/.570 with an OPS of 1.051 and 27 long balls. A dominant college career led to Stewart getting selected 25th in the 2015 MLB Draft. 

 

Like most draftees, Stewart stayed committed to his craft as he spent three years in the Minor Leagues.

Stewart struggled to adjust to pro pitching and had down years in 2015 and 2016, before he eventually taking his game to the next level by slashing  .279/.389/.448 during Single-A ball.

He continued his climb during the 2017 season as he raked .278/.378/.481 in 457 digs in the dirt. He continued to display serious power potential and set a career-high for the Bowie Baysox with 21 home runs.

 

Numbers such as those had fans and the team executives clamoring for the organization to call up the new bird.

So, in 2018, as the entire league expanded their rosters during the waning months of the season, DJ did what most baseball fans dream of by making his debut in the show.


2019 brought a plethora of injuries for the young sensation, and 2020 was the pandemic – shortened season in which Stewart spent most of the year balancing acts with the Orioles while also receiving rehab stints before eventually going on a tear.

When he gets rolling, their are few players who can match Stewart’s power surge.

During the early parts of September, he hit six homers in as many games.

Those kinds of numbers re-shined the spotlight on Stewart as the Orioles outfielder flashed potential by displaying power & grace at the plate. 

For the black & orange, Stewart was repackaged ahead of the 2021 season like a newfound toy as his hot streak started against the globally known Yankees franchise, as mentioned earlier.

Unless the team calls up more competition, Stewart will have less to worry about as, like anything worth fighting for, consistency is the key to success. 

Let the power slugger that runs like a gazelle continue to get more opportunities against big-league pitching to where he can hone his craft and come into his own as the spark is prevalent; he just needs something or someone to help light his fuse.

 

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The Texas Rangers called up hot shot prospect and MLBbro Curtis Terry this weekend against the Astros. He’s still looking for his first MLB hit.