Two Tampa Bay minor leaguers playing in Venezuela tested positive for PEDS (metabolites and nandrolone) and will begin serving a 50 game suspension. One is Franklin Alcala, just 18-years-old, who has been struggling so far. According to Sports Illustrated, Alcala has 19 strikeouts in his 35 at bats. The other is a pitcher, Carlos Orsama.
This illustrates two perceptions with the PED issue: (1) Many of the players taking this stuff are pitchers – and this can’t be good for shoulders and tendons that weren’t meant to deal with oversized, abusive arms. (2) While it’s obviously all too easy to find this stuff in the US, there would seem to be an equally large problem policing this stuff in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.
People in Florida either hoping to see or boo hometown hero (?) Alex Rodriguez will have to wait until Sunday. Manager Joe Girardi chose to bench the slumping A-Rod for two games when he complained of fatigue. According to the ESPN article, A-Rod was hitting 8 – 55 in June, and was hitless in his last fifteen trips to the plate.
Seattle Mariners left fielder Endy Chavez injured his right knee last night when he and shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt slammed ino each other chasing a popup off the bat of Felipe Lopez. Watch the video here – Chavez flipped over and landed rather awkwardly. (It looks like Betancourt dove into Chavez’s knee when it was planted just as Betancourt made the catch. Ouch!) An MRI is scheduled for Saturday.
Oakland starter Josh Outman left his start against San Diego in the second inning with soreness in his forearm, later diagnosed as a mild flexor-extensor strain in his left elbow. Outman says he first felt it in a start about two weeks ago, and had altered his delivery some to compensate for the pain. His manager, Bob Geren, wondered what was wrong with the radar guns when his fastball was clocked at about 88 MPH, rather than the mid-90s. For now, Outman believes he’ll only miss a start.
Welcome back! Tony Clark returns to the Diamondbacks after his DL stint (strained ligament in right hand). Florida returns Reynal Pinto, a rather wild throwing lefty, from his DL stint trying to heal a balky elbow, and San Diego welcomes shortstop Everth Cabrera to the fold after breaking his hand in the spring.
Hurry Back! San Diego’s Nick Hundley, who gets 15 days to rest a sore left wrist.