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The MLB Daily Dish: MLB trade rumors and news for May 31, 2016

Kick your day off right with the latest news, rumors, and analysis covering what could, should, and will affect your club's roster.

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Julio Urias made his major league debut last Friday, at the young age of 19. He isn't the first to make his debut that young and Jen Mac Ramos of Beyond the Box Score compared Urias' start with others that debuted at 19.

David Wright has a herniated disk in his neck, and the disabled-list is a realistic possibility.

ESPN released their latest power rankings, and no surprise the Cubs still find themselves in the top spot.

If the White Sox and Padres are able to make a deal, James Shields would make perfect sense for Chicago.

Still, Shields’ ERA is 24 percent better than the league average when accounting for league and park effects. His ground-ball percentage is the 38th highest out of the 103 pitchers who have thrown a minimum of one inning per team game, according to STATS LLC. His home-run rate, tied for the 47th-lowest, is also better than league average.

Shields’ career patterns are similar in both statistics; he isn’t exactly a ground-ball machine, but he’s not a fly-ball pitcher, either. So, when considering the other right-handed starters who might become available before the July 31 non-waiver deadline, he figures to be at or near the top of the list.

The NCAA Baseball Tournament field is all set.

Dodgers lefty Hyun-jn Ryu's rehab has been stopped after he felt soreness.

If the Braves were to move Julio Teheran, they would need to be overwhelmed.

Matt Carpenter has made a habit out of taking the first pitch of every game.

Without any swings, Carpenter’s fallen behind in the count 26 times in 42 leadoff plate appearances (62%). In his other 162 plate appearances, he’s only fallen behind 74 times (46%). Despite falling behind in the count in his leadoff plate appearances more often than he’s gotten ahead, though, his .817 OPS in leadoff at-bats is still above-average relative to the league, though it’s below his overall 2016 production (.884 OPS), and well below last year’s production in first-inning leadoff at-bats (.961).

Carpenter is a great hitter, and he has been a great hitter, and this is clearly a conscious choice — you don’t take 42 consecutive first pitches, most of them fastballs, on accident — so I’d like to give him the benefit of the doubt. But it certainly is curious, and it seems like something that could eventually be exploited the longer it goes on, if it hasn’t started already.

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