On a day with a limited baseball schedule, most of the news was focused on Johnny Gomes hitting three homers, Prince Fielder hitting a pair – including one high off the scoreboard about 460 away in centerfield – and a number of great pitching performances, highlighted by Bronson Arroyo’s two hitter over Washington yesterday. However, a few other things caught my attention and might be of interest to my baseball brethren…
Speaking of Bronson Arroyo, he’s admitted to doing Andro while a member of the Red Sox (again – Boston may really have been the hub of PED usage, alongside Texas, Oakland, and New York). Now, he talks about his own supplement usage and whether or not he thinks it really matters. [ESPN]
Tiger Rick Porcello changed his mind – he’ll accept his five day suspension, though he really did nothing to deserve it other than plunk Kevin Youkilis. It’s not like he SAID he would do it, like – say – Matt Garza. [SI]
Meanwhile, Tiger slugger Miguel Cabrera’s hand is still sore, but is willing to play through the pain at the base of his left thumb – the spot where he was hit by a pitch three days ago. [MLB]
Seattle’s Adrian Beltre doesn’t like to wear a cup. Now he is paying for it. A couple of nights ago, he took a grounder in the groin – stayed in the game to score the winning run in the 14th inning – but the pain never went away. He’s got bleeding in a testicle and is on the DL while it’s being treated. Ouch. [SI]
Jake Peavy fanned five of the eleven batters he faced in his first rehab outing, and now the new White Sox ace needs to build up some endurance. He’s a few weeks away from joining the rotation, which could put Chicago over the top in the AL central. [ESPN]
Another ace making his way back? Tim Hudson of the Braves, who had a solid four inning performance at AAA Gwinnett. I always liked Hudson and hope his return is steady and long-term. [MLB]
How long before Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija signs with the Bears? After getting shelled by Philadelphia this week, the Cubs sent Samardzija back to AAA. Now – the Cubs need help with none of the starters getting the job done and the bullpen being savaged lately. Justin Berg was recalled in part to have a fresh arm in the pen. [FoxSports]
There is some good news for the Cubs though… Cubs starter Ted Lilly had success in his minor league rehab start and proclaimed himself ready for Monday’s start… [MLB]
FoxSports reports that the Red Sox may be interested in Red shortstop Alex Gonzalez, who played in Boston back in 2006. Not sure how much help he will be as he’s been fighting injuries and aging for the last couple of years… [FoxSports]
Twins starter Glen Perkins learned that his shoulder problem is a strain and will not require surgery. [FoxSports]
Welcome Back! Royals ace Gil Meche, who beat the Twins last night in his first start after returning from the DL.
Hurry Back! Royals reliever Doug Waechter, who heads to the DL with a shoulder strain just days after coming off the DL. Not a good sign.
Afterthoughts… If you want a good read, take a look at SI’s Joe Posnanski’s article about the worst active contracts in baseball.