That didn’t last long… Edinson Volquez makes his return for the Reds and lasts one inning – leaving with numbness in his pinky and ring fingers of his throwing hand. An evaluation is forthcoming.
The New York Yankees topped Cleveland, setting a new errorless string in the process at 18 games. A team will make an error at a rate of about five errors every eight games – give or take. Consider it a coin flip – so to have won that coin flip 18 straight times is pretty remarkable. It’s also contributed to winning because unnecessary runs don’t show up on the scoreboard.
Ichiro tied his own Mariners record by hitting in his 25th straight game. MLB.com listed the Mariners who cleared 20 games, and it’s pretty much Ichiro – a lot – with an odd Joey Cora or Richie Zisk tossed in for good measure.
The Cleveland Indians are sharing the injury bug as well as any team. Rafael Betancourt has been placed on the DL with a strained groin (hope it’s his own), making it eight players on the DL right now. (Victor Martinez was able to play tonight – so they got lucky there…) Coming back is Tony Sipp. Sipp was hurt a couple of years ago, but has those dominating strikeout numbers that makes you hope that he’ll bring the good stuff to the majors – like nearly 12Ks per nine in the minors. He was crazy wild, though, in his first stint, so let’s hope he leaves that wildness back in Columbus (AAA).
Strained groins are the injury of choice. The Mets placed Angel Pagan, who was called up because of injuries to every other Mets outfielder (kidding, sort of), on the 15-day disabled list with a strained groin.
I was watching the Marlins game when two Brewers outfielders left with potential injuries – Mike Cameron and Ryan Braun. I’m guessing both are day-to-day. By the way, as a Marlins fan, it was nice seeing Jorge Julio blow a lead for someone else this time…
On the Mend? Houston’s Jose Valverde threw from a mound for the first time since going to the DL with a calf injury. The fading Astros need Valverde back as soon as possible. And, Seattle’s Kenji Johjima says his toe injury is way better than originally feared. Ervin Santana heads to Salt Lake City for a rehab stint and the Angels are two weeks away from a healthy and solid rotation (one prays).
Anibal Sanchez is going to come off the DL and start for the Marlins on Tuesday. His rehab start in Jupiter went well and Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez hopes to get five good innings out of him.
And, Hiroki Kuroda, who hasn’t started since opening day, came off the DL to start for Los Angeles Monday night. His return was well timed – the guy who replaced him, Eric Stults, just went to the DL himself. Kuroda pitched well, but his Dodgers failed to win.
Not on the Mend? The Yankees got some bad news today – both Xavier Nady’s and Jose Molina’s rehab efforts were curtailed with those nasty twinges… In Molina’s case, he was catching when his injured quad acted up. For Nady, it was an elbow that balked at throwing.
Justin Duchscherer’s elbow may be ready, but we’ll never know because he’s got a bad back.
Welcome to the show, Steven Jackson – the Pirates’ choice to replace Donald Veal. Jackson was a 10th round pick of Arizona in 2004 out of Clemson and has hung around AAA for a few years now. He has decent control, but not a great strikeout pitch. Sent to the Yankees in the Randy Johnson deal, he started to show progress in 2008, but didn’t get a shot. Eventually released, the Pirates grabbed him off the waiver wire a few weeks ago and he’s been okay. Not a prospect, but he MIGHT eat a few innings for Pittsburgh.
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