Adam Dunn became the second slugger to go under the knife to remove an appendix – Dunn’s was an emergency operation on Tuesday night. He told manager Ozzie Guillen he’d be ready to play on Thursday, but realistically he (like Matt Holliday) will be out a week to ten days. Both players are hoping to avoid DL stints.
The Colorado Rockies placed Ubaldo Jimenez on the DL, as feared, because of a cuticle tear on the inside of his thumb. Jimenez, because of his long fingers, actually tucks the thumb under the ball, so as he throws it, it rolls off the top of his thumb and causes the tear. This isn’t the first time he’s had it, but in this case he adjusted his arm action to avoid the pain, losing six miles per hour on the fast ball and leaving him with a slightly sore forearm. [ESPN/Denver Post]
In his place, the Rockies will start Greg Reynolds, a 25-year-old who was the second overall pick of the 2006 draft and a Stanford grad. The 6′ 8″ Reynolds was rushed to the majors in 2008 – as George Frazier said in a 2008 broadcast, “out of necessity” – where he was hit around some. In 2009, he missed most of the season dealing with elbow and shoulder injuries, but came back some in Tulsa last year and had a good spring this year. He throws a low 90s fastball that, when last in the majors, ran up and in on right handers, a change up, a curveball, and a sinker that gets him ground balls. Reynolds is NOT a big strikeout guy, but if he’s going to make it, he has to have a couple of good starts here.
Other Injury News…
The Cubs placed both Andrew Cashner and Randy Wells on the DL. Cashner left Tuesday’s start with a strain in the back of his rotator cuff, while Wells felt a strain in his forearm. Both will be shut down for two weeks before beginning rehab. [Fox Sports]
Brian Wilson returns to the Giants, his strained oblique feeling better, while reliever Santiago Casilla heads to the DL with inflammation in his elbow. [MLB]
Oakland reliever Michael Wuertz says his hamstring huertz, so he’s headed to the DL…
Texas moved to 6 – 0, and the Reds won again, their fifth straight to open the season. Meanwhile, Boston, Tampa, and Houston all lost again. According to Sports Illustrated, you can pretty much write those teams off. Cliff Corcoran writes that only two teams have ever started 0 – 5 and made the playoffs. [SI]
40 Years Ago in The Sporting News
The Cubs were giving shots to a pair of brothers who were hoping to make it after long stints in the minors, Danny and Hal Breeden. Neither worked out…
Those celebrating with cake, cards, or remembrances include…
John McGraw (1874)
Jake Daubert (1884)
Bobby Doerr (1918)
Brett Tomko (1973)
Adrian Beltre (1979)