Apparently, Pittsburgh’s Jack Wilson agrees with me – and wasn’t sure how Pirates management was addressing the goal of putting a winning team on the field. Later, he apologized for venting his frustration at management for dealing away his teammates. Wilson said, “It’s tough for the guys who’ve been here and have seen these trades happen and absolutely do nothing. I’ve seen these trades two or three times a year and we still haven’t had a winning season.” Wilson didn’t take back what he said as much as apologize for not sounding like a team player. [ESPN]
Arizona’s Brandon Webb got three different opinions, and they all said the same thing. He doesn’t need surgery. So, he’ll rest, then start strengthening work on his shoulder (the source of the problem, apparently, was a loss of strength following a strain suffered earlier in the year – but no structural damage), and then hope to return by September. [SI]
The Cardinals just got him, so for Mark DeRosa to have gotten injured this quickly would have been a problem. Instead, DeRosa is day to day with a strained tendon in his left wrist. [ESPN]
Keep an eye out for this if you have Adrian Gonzalez on your fantasy roster… Gonzalez was pulled from Tuesday’s game after straining his knee sliding into third base on a triple. He was pulled from the game last night, too. The Padres have an off day before facing Los Angeles on “Manny is in the House” day Friday. [MLB]
Tough game for the Twins Wednesday… Mike Redmond left the game after taking a foul tip in the forearm. Nick Punto left early with back stiffness, and Justin Morneau left with tightness in his groin. Nobody is expected to miss much time, if at all. [MLB]
Welcome Back! Rockies Catcher Yorvit Torrealba returns after spending a month taking care of his family following the successful return of his son and other family members who were kidnapped in his native Venezuela.
Hurry Back! Phillies Reliever Scott Eyre heads to rehab in Reading. With a bevy of new outfielders, the slumping Elijah Dukes heads to AAA Syracuse. (I need to update my fantasy roster.)
Welcome to the Bigs! Jeff Salazar (Pirates), Jarrett Hoffpauir (Cards), Drew Sutton (Reds). I’ll try to get you a quick summary of each player this afternoon.