Chris Jakubauskas heads to the DL to clear his noggin after taking a liner off the back of his head on Saturday. Lance Berkman‘s line drive struck Jakubauskas behind his right ear and bounced back over the catcher’s head. Amazingly, he never lost consciousness and walked to the cart that drove him away. Then, he flew home on the team plane Sunday night. [SI]
Oakland first baseman Daric Barton broke a plate in his right middle finger making a catch of a foul ball on Sunday and is considered day to day.
Chipper Jones is battling a hip injury and is day-to-day. At 38, he’s getting old in terms of being a third baseman as it is – we just need to enjoy him and his career for as long as it lasts. [FoxSports – South]
Giants infielder Freddy Sanchez is finally turning the corner and could be ready to rejoin San Francisco in three weeks. Sanchez is continuing rehab on his left shoulder. [ESPN]
Look for Jeff Suppan to move to the bullpen in Milwaukee after more than two years of ugly starts. [MLB]
You know it’s been a tough couple of years in New York when you see a headline like this one. [MLB]
More on Pitchers…
Cliff Lee pitched six shutout innings for AAA Tacoma and will make his 2010 debut for Seattle on Friday. [ESPN]
Tim Wakefield heads to the bullpen to make room for Daisuke Matsuzaka in Boston. Wakefield can still get people out. [ESPN]
And why do YOU hate him?
Joe Posnanski ponders why so many people hate Alex Rodriguez. Ummm. He’s a cheat. He’s a phony. He does stupid things to annoy people – like yelling at fielders while he runs the bases, or running over the mound while a pitcher is heading back to the rubber to pitch. [SI]
- Rockies outfielder Brad Hawpe heads to the DL with a strained left quad. Returning to Colorado? Infielder Eric Young, Jr.
- Astros pitcher Sammy Gervacio returns from the DL, and Wilton Lopez heads back to AAA Round Rock.
- The Pirates recalled two pitchers, Brian Bass and Brian Burres. One replaces Jakubauskas, while the other replaces the ineffective Daniel McCutchen.
- Dodgers starter Vicente Padilla heads to the DL to recover from forearm soreness. His replacement? The oft-travelled pitcher, Jon Link.
- Angels catcher Bobby Wilson was run over by Mark Teixeira at a home plate collision and will be out two weeks to deal with a strained ankle and post-concussion symptoms.
- Ted Lilly returned to the Cubs rotation over the weekend. When Carlos Zambrano moved from the rotation to the bullpen, the Cubs optioned Jeff Samardzija (my first Topps baseball card of the season) back to AAA Iowa. I have little faith that Samardzija will ever pan out, but will hope that I am wrong. The Bears need a receiver – maybe it’s time to reconsider his career choice.
- The Indians sent outfielder Jonathan Van Every to Boston – who becomes the fifth outfielder on the Red Sox – and the Sox sent Josh Reddick back to AAA Pawtucket.
- The Dodgers sent Manny Ramirez to the DL with his strained calf.
- The Tigers sent outfielder Carlos Guillen to the DL with a strained hamstring, and recalled outfielder Brennan Boesch.
- The Twins sent Nick Punto to the DL to deal with a left hip flexor strain.
1888 – Ray “Rube” Caldwell (one of the first Rube imitators)
1900 – Hack Wilson, Hall of Fame Cubs and Giants outfielder
1917 – Sal “The Barber” Maglie
1917 – Virgil Trucks
1927 – Granny Hamner
1947 – Amos Otis
1955 – Mike Scott
1960 – Steve Lombardozzi
1973 – Geoff Blum
1977 – Kosuke Fukudome
1978 – Joe Crede