Joe Torre, backing the multitude of players who were using PEDs, says that Bonds, Manny, Clemens, and A-Rod were Hall of Fame type players before they used – not that he thinks that means they should get in. Torre has no problem standing behind his players, as they helped make Torre look like a winner after years of losing in Atlanta, St. Louis, and New York (Mets). Let me ask you this: Is Joe Torre a Hall of Fame manager now that we know how many of his players were using under his watch? [MLB]
San Francisco, as surmised, placed Randy Johnson on the DL with a strained throwing shoulder, a shoulder injured while batting. [MLB]
Pedro Martinez has a new suitor – the Philadelphia Phillies. This despite reports that when other clubs scouted Pedro in June, he looked “unimpressive”. MGR Charlie Manuel wants a horse, but may have to settle for a five or six inning guy. [MLB]
Ryan Freel’s best asset is his mobility – he gets around. And now, Freel joins his fourth team in about 18 months – the Cubs traded him to the Royals for a Player to be Named Later. According to FoxSports (quoting AP sources), Freel told Royals MGR Trey Hillman that he’s been bothered by a concussion (hit in the head with the ball while diving back to first on a pickoff play) and bad hamstring, which has contributed to Freel’s hitting .140 with the Cubs. The Cubs are picking up part of Freel’s salary. [FoxSports]
When Marc Rzepczynski makes his debut Tuesday, he’ll be the fifth Blue Jay to make his debut in 2009 – breaking the team record set when the Blue Jays entered the majors in 1977. Rzepczynski is a lefty with skills – his K/9 rate has improved though he still needs to work on his control; he keeps the ball in the park. Statistically, he reminds you of Kevin Brown. [FoxSports]
Tigers MGR Jim Leyland says that rookie Rick Porcello will not pitch until after the All-Star break, getting the kid some much needed rest.
Welcome Back! Padre reliever Luke Gregerson; Rockies pitcher Franklin Morales; Cubs pitcher Angel Guzman; Cubs outfielder Reed Johnson; Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez; Royals catcher John Buck…
Hurry Back! Padre David Eckstein goes to the DL with a pulled hammy; Red Sox 1B Jeff Bailey (high ankle sprain); Cubs pitcher David Patton (groin strain); Mets outfielder Angel Pagan starts a rehab stint, as does Brave Kelly Johnson and Phillies reliever Jack Taschner.