A Yankee finally made an error, but it didn’t matter. New York still slaughtered Texas in a battle of division leaders. When Elvis Andrus stole second, Jorge Posada’s throw was pushed into deep right center field by the jet stream that’s been contributing to all those homers… The MLB record stands at 18 consecutive games without an error, which (as mentioned yesterday) is a remarkable feat. In the game, Derek Jeter passed the 1500 runs scored milestone. I want to say he passed 2600 hits a day ago, something covered on Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio when I was driving to work this morning.
The MLB Transaction List was rather large today with people going on or coming off the DL, and a lot of teams shuffling players back and forth between the majors and minors. Complete coverage will be difficult, but a couple of changes stand out.
Josh Hamilton’s ab injury is serious – enough to land him on the DL. Depending on the source, the timetable is either two weeks to two months or undeterminable. Texas’s best hitter last year, Hamilton has struggled through a slow start, and injuries occuring while slamming into walls. That Texas has played well despite Hamilton’s lack of production is amazing – but if it really is two months, this could eventually become problematic – especially as the summer heat saps some of Texas’s batting thunder.
Cincinnati’s ace, Edinson Volquez returns to the disabled list one inning after his most recent injury activation with elbow tendinitis. Jared Burton was returned from AAA where Burton was sent initially to regain some success, probably because the Reds need bullpen help for the next couple of days. Is a return of Homer Bailey in the cards when Volquez is next scheduled to start? Good thing the Reds still have three solid starters, but losing Volquez for what looks like at least a month of the season is tough. Six starts by Homer Bailey (or someone else) compared to six starts of Volquez means allowing at least an extra run a start, and probably two extra losses. In a division as close as the NL Central, Dusty Baker needs as many wins as he can get.
Coming off the DL? Kansas City returns Joakim Soria, ace closer, and infielder Tony Pena. One hopes Pena’s injured bat returns, too, else Willie Bloomquist will be playing a lot of shortstop until Mike Aviles returns. To make room on the roster, Sidney Ponson was placed on the DL with an elbow strain (I thought it was because he can’t pitch). Coco Crisp was added to the bereavement list following the death of his great-grandmother. (God Bless, sir.)
Washington placed Kip Wells on the DL with a right adductor strain. Replacing him on the roster is Elijah Dukes, whose bat will be welcomed immediately now that he’s no longer on the DL. Meanwhile, Washington also replaced coaches, releasing pitching coach Randy St. Claire and replacing him with former A’s pitcher, Steve McCatty. Washington’s league worst ERA and worst record in baseball, especially given the overhaul of members of the bullpen, contributed to St. Claire’s demise. On the other hand, who signed Kip Wells? Why isn’t THAT guy fired?
Others returning from the DL include Texas starter Vincente Padilla, Red Sox outfielder Mark Kotsay (he’ll be injured soon enough) and Mets infielder Alex Cora.
Milwaukee released Jorge Julio, making them the 14th team to have released Julio since 2003. Great arm, no idea what he’s doing out there. A few years ago, he was the surprise closer for Baltimore, but that’s the only success he’s really had.
The New York Mets are dealing with a lot of issues, including persisent flu and virus illnesses to John Maine and Carlos Beltran, a knee injury to Gary Sheffield, and various other ailments. They’ve been playing with a patchwork lineup for days and hanging in there, but at some point, Jerry Manuel is going to run out of options…
On the Mend? Rich Harden is throwing for the Cubs. The Rockies assigned Chris Ianetta to Colorado Springs for his rehab work. The Dodgers sent Claudio Vargas to the Inland Empire to begin his rehab stint.
The struggling Jordan Schaeffer was sent to Gwinnett to find his confidence, so the Braves recalled speedy outfielder Gregor Blanco.
Finally, my favorite Marlin, Burke Badenhop, pitched five innings of one hit relief after Anibal Sanchez got through three innings in 71 pitches (typical for him, by the way, and not because it’s Sanchez’s first start off the DL) to earn the win over Milwaukee tonight. He used to be Casey’s favorite player, but now I think it’s either Hanley Ramirez or Dan Uggla (though he always asks me who #6 is).