In what would be the greatest comeback that I can think of in recent history, Aaron Boone is getting ready to make a run at returning to the Astros. Boone’s career and life was put on hold to have open heart surgery to repair a defective valve in March. He’ll play for two weeks in AA Corpus Christi, spend some time at AAA Round Rock, and hopefully return to the Astros by the end of the year. God Speed, Mr. Boone. [MLB]
Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano’s back is bad enough to require a DL stint. He left his start about a week ago after three innings, and didn’t make a run at his last start. [FoxSports]
Aaron Cook missed his start with a jammed toe, out of fear that it will mess with his mechanics.
There really isn’t a trading deadline – is there? David Weathers snuck through waivers and was sent from Cincinnati to Milwaukee for a PTNL. Weathers is just a season away from 1000 lifetime games. For those of us who saw him in Florida a long time ago, this seems amazing. For those of us in Florida wondering if we can get an extra arm in the bullpen, this is disappointing that Milwaukee can do this but Florida cannot. [ESPN]
Stop me if you heard this before… Houston’s Mike Hampton had to leave his start Saturday with a knee injury and is considered day-to-day (start to start?). [MLB]
Cleveland’s Jake Westbrook can’t recover from his elbow injury because even his rehab starts get halted due to elbow pain. A visit to Dr. Yokum is forthcoming. [MLB]
A rested Gil Meche is expected to start for Kansas City on Thursday… Meche is a very, very good pitcher and the Royals need him.
Welcome Back! Eric Stults returns to the Dodgers from Albuquerque. Except for the occasional injury trip, he should have never left. Ronald Belisario returns to the Dodgers from the DL. Yorman Bazardo returns to the Astros from AAA.
Hurry Back! Angel starter Joe Saunders heads to the DL with shoulder soreness. Boston SS Jed Lowrie has ulnar neuritis in his balky left wrist and heads to the DL.
Bye – and stay out! Luis Ayala was sent to AAA by the Marlins. I didn’t like that they signed him. Good riddance.