Boston has a luxury that most teams don’t have – they have too much pitching… Well, too much to stock at the major league level. Tim Wakefield is going to rest his sore back on the DL for a couple of weeks – and the Red Sox get to call up Clay Buchholz. Buchholz is a certified ready starter; he threw a no-hitter in 2007 and while he wasn’t stellar in 2008, he’s been dependable when needed in 2009. Clay will get three more starts in Wakefield’s stead. And then what? Another trip to AAA? It doesn’t seem fair (to Buchholz, that is) – and no trade with Boston will likely happen unless Buchholz or Daniel Bard is included. And yet he sits in Pawtucket – #3 starter without a slot. [ESPN]
Wakefield’s former teammate, Manny Ramirez, was hit on the top of his hand by a pitch and was removed from the game. X-rays were negative, but the Dodger left fielder will be day-to-day. [ESPN]
White Sox starter John Danks will miss a start with blistering and a circulatory problem in a finger on his throwing hand. Chicago hopes a DL stint will not be necessary. [ESPN]
To deal with the Danks loss, the White Sox sent Aaron Poreda back to AAA Charlotte and recalled Carlos Torres from Charlotte. Torres has decent stuff – gets strikeouts but occasionally fights his control. In Charlotte, he has 96Ks in 98 innings, and just three homers allowed – very few hits, too. He looks like he could peak as a #3 starter if given a shot, but there aren’t a lot of slots on the White Sox right now. In 2010, Torres could fight for that fifth starter role.
As if the Nationals need more bad news, starter Scott Olsen will be out the rest of the season following surgery to repair his labrum in his throwing shoulder. Olsen made only eleven starts for Washington this year. [SI]
The Giants recalled Ryan Sadowski to make a start against Atlanta last night. Sadowski hasn’t been half bad in four starts with San Francisco, and the Florida native has skills. He missed two seasons in the minors with injuries, but has been a solid pitcher when healthy. He could stand to improve his control, though… The Giants are another team with a good amount of pitching. Meanwhile, Scott Downs replaced Kevin Frandsen on the roster, swapping infield roles. Finally, utility infielder Rich Aurilia went on the DL with an infected big toe. [SI]
Welcome Back! Seattle’s Mike Sweeney is back from the DL. For now, anyway. Colorado activated Ryan Speier from the DL. Gaby Sanchez returns to the Marlins – he was pegged to be a starter in spring training but blew that shot. Hopefully he’s ready this time.
Is it Over? The Yankees designated Brett Tomko for assignment when recalling Sergio Mitre. I didn’t even notice that Tomko had a job. Tomko throws hard, but has been very hittable for about five years now.
Afterthoughts… MLB is now using DNA testing and bone scans, when allowed, to test Latin American player (particularly those from the Dominican Republic) because of issues with kids (a) not being who they thought they were, and (b) lying about their age.