Thursday Links: Sutcliffe strikes again

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This old, creepy Cub

In case you haven't seen it yet, Rick Sutcliffe was pretty enamored with ESPN hottie Erin Andrews last night at the Cubs game. He's just the gift that keeps on giving.

Here we go again

Part of me feels bad for Milton Bradley, but then again, part of me doesn't at all. He's always had the game to be a productive major leaguer and this year he's proven that. He picked up co-player of the week honors last week, hitting .478, five homeruns, nine RBI and scored nine times. In fact, he's leading the American League in batting average (.333), slugging percentage (.629) and OBP (.454).

Yet, he lets outside factors influence him and last night went nuts after hearing Kansas City Royals announcer Ryan Lefebvre using not so glowing terms about him as he was comparing Rangers stud Josh Hamilton to Bradley.

As unfortunate as it sounds, it was only a matter of time before Bradley lost it again. What would we have to do to get a reality show featuring him and Ron Artest on the same team?

National crisis

As if the Washington Nationals didn't have any other problems, third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is now in danger of missing the remainder of the season with a bum left shoulder. The initial prognosis is that he'll be out a minimum four weeks, however, if things don't get better Zimmerman will have to undergo season ending shoulder surgery. You've basically got two options with him at this point. Face facts and realize that he probably isn't coming back and pick up a replacement. Or, you put him on the DL and hope for the best from a guy that hit 24 home runs and had 91 RBI a year ago. Tough call, but shoulder injuries are tough to battle back from midseason.

On track

The good news just keeps coming for the walking wounded of the Colorado Rockies club. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was down in Single-A for a rehab start and according to the Rocky Mountain News, he looked pretty sharp.

"I hit the ball hard and I got a double-play ball," said Tulowitzki, who sent five balls out of Recreation Park during a pregame batting-practice session that seemed to get better with every turn he took in the cage. "I'm happy with where I'm at."

Tulowitzki is a big part of what went right for the Rockies last year and they'd love to have him back for the second half of this season. In fantasy terms, playing in Colorado certainly helps with putting up fantasy friendly numbers so his return should be a nice sign of relief for those of you who waited this injury out.

Bringing fat back

Just before Bartolo Colon put his 'Fat and Former Cy Young Award winner with shoulder problems for cheap' ad on Craigslist, the Boston Red Sox took a chance and signed him.

And it's paid off HUGE! (pun intended thank you)

Against the Orioles last night he had seven strikeouts in six innings of work and had nice command with his two-seam fastball. When healthy, Colon can hang with anyone and could be a major find for fantasy players everywhere.

You calling me Uggla?

I knew Dan Uggla was good, but geez, this good?

On the clutchability factor we've formulated here at The Fantasy Factor, Uggla is weighing in somewhere at a 9 out of 10. I can't wait to watch him and Hanley Ramirez tear it up for the Marlins for years and years to come.

Which, in Marlins years, means just up until the point where they actually have to pay them some money.

Old man river

But Uggla may have a rough go of it tonight squaring off against king fisherman Jamie Moyer, according to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com

In eight career starts against the Marlins, the 45-year-old soft-throwing lefty has eight wins while compiling a 3.51 ERA in just over 51 1/3 innings. In his only previous start against the Marlins this season, Moyer allowed five runs in seven innings. But somehow, he found a way to come out with the victory on June 1.

Give it up

The guy who thinks he caught Ken Griffey Jr.'s 600th homerun ball is now suing the guy who has possession of the ball.

What is he possibly going to gain from filing this lawsuit if, like he said in this SI.com article, 'he hopes it winds up in the Cincinnati slugger's possession?'

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Why aren't you talking about Q? He is playing terrible as of late. Drop of 26 points in two weeks on his AVG and only 2 HRs. You better cover it or I will stop being the only commenter on this site

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