Yankee starter Chien-Ming Wang’s 2009 disaster season continues… He was playing catch when he felt soreness in his bicep. He won’t throw again until Friday, and if I were him, I’d be looking to get in shape for 2010. [ESPN]
Texas closer Frank Francisco heads to the DL with pneumonia – he’ll be back soon, but he needs his rest and fluids. C.J. Wilson will close, and Willie Eyre gets the call from AAA. [ESPN]
Mets starter Fernando Nieve’s injury was pretty severe – he tore a muscle in his quad. He’s out six weeks. Welcome back to the bigs, Cory Sullivan, who used to be an outfielder for Colorado. Sullivan’s stay may be short-lived – the Mets will likely call up a starter (Jon Niese?) to take Nieve’s start in the rotation. [SI]
Speaking of bad quads, A’s first baseman/DH Jason Giambi’s quad has been problematic, and now he’s on the DL. Giambi’s been day-to-day for weeks with a variety of quad and hamstring injuries. [SI]
Cincinatti catcher Ramon Hernandez’s knee now requires surgery – which means an extended DL stint. Coming up to pick up some innings will be Craig Tatum. Tatum is hard to read – the Mississippi State grad has some power and tools, but has had periods where he hit .320 (FSL, 2007) and .231 (Southern League – same year). My take is a low average power guy – .220 with 12 homers in 250 at bats type. Ryan Hannigan, who has been a nice surprise, will get most of the innings, though. FYI – Hannigan went to Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, the same college that Rube Waddell attended and occasionally coached back in the winter of 1902/1903. [SI]
Welcome back Carlos Quentin – the White Sox slugger has been out two months suffering from plantar fasciitis. He took over in his old stomping grounds, left field, and cost Brian Anderson a slot on the big league roster. [SI]
I watched the Phillies and Cubs last night – and I saw two teams heading in different directions. The Phillies are marching toward the NL East crown after winning their ninth straight, and the Cubs don’t look like they have any direction at all. And so many of us picked them to win the NL Central, if not challenge for a World Series title. And now, the Phillies found out Brett Myers may return in August and pitch out of the bullpen. [MLB]
Welcome Back! Jason Schmidt was recalled by the Dodgers and won his first start in over two years. Andy Finch and I saw him in his last rehab start, and he doesn’t have the great fastball – but he has enough to fool people. However, he was hit a little even by the Memphis Redbirds, so he’ll need to really be on top of his control to win in the bigs. I’m rooting for him, but not putting him on my fantasy roster any time soon.
Colorado signed Matt Herges to a minor league deal. He still has some gas in the tank. Tommy Hanson returned to the Braves (and looked great), and J.D. Martin joined Washington for a start last night. Cleveland fans might remember Martin – he was once hailed as a top prospect back in 2002, and was a 2001 first round pick out of high school. Injuries cut into his development, but he’s never really pitched poorly. He’s got good control, strikes guys out, and at times has looked dominating.
Hurry Back! Houston’s Darin Erstad and San Diego’s Edgar Gonzalez were both put on the 15-day DL. Florida’s Andrew Miller was sent to AAA to find his command.