If Seattle had plans to trade Erik Bedard, those plans were dashed when the lefty hit the DL with shoulder inflammation. In his last start, Bedard fired 81 pitches in just three innings. I’ve written about this before – 100 pitches isn’t the problem, a heavy pitch count in an inning or two is much worse. Returning to the rotation will be Jason Vargas. [ESPN]
Brett Gardner broke his thumb breaking up a double play, and the Yankees outfielder will miss the next month of the season. His thumb is in a cast, but fortunately doesn’t need surgery. [ESPN]
Jim Leyland remains optimistic that Jeremy Bonderman and Joel Zumaya might return this season. Zumaya hopes cortisone shots will help avoid season ending surgery (an eventuality, really) and Bonderman has been throwing lately without discomfort. [SI]
Kansas City isn’t giving up on Tony Pena. It’s just giving up on the idea that he can play shortstop. Now, the strong armed Pena will be given a shot to pitch. I like the idea… [FoxSports]
Texas starter Kevin Millwood left his start against Kansas City after two innings with a pain in his butt. The strained left glute muscle wouldn’t allow him to extend his front leg when throwing… Now Texas is waiting to see if this means Millwood might miss a start. [MLB]
A lot of action on the transaction wire…
Hurry Back! Cincinnati pitcher Jared Burton heads to the DL with shoulder fatigue. Brewer pitcher Seth McClung heads to the DL with an elbow strain. Phillies reliever Clay Condrey heads to the DL with a left oblique strain.
What Gives? Wladimir Balentien was designated for assignment by Seattle. The power/speed prospect hasn’t panned out – in 400 major league at bats, he’s hit .209… Houston did the same with Chad Paronto, who hasn’t stuck with six organizations. At 33, he’s running out of shots.
Player to be Named Later: Jess Todd was sent from Memphis to Cleveland to complete the Mark DeRosa trade. Todd is a reliever with some talent – he was the closer for Memphis, has great strikeout numbers, good control, and a fighting shot to help the Indians as soon as 2010.