A hand specialist cleared Mets third baseman David Wright to play baseball again, so he may see playing time as early as today. Wright had broken his pinkie finger Monday night diving back to first on a pickoff play. [SI]
Cards first baseman Lance Berkman strained his calf legging out a triple on Tuesday and remains sore. He could miss this weekend’s series against the Cubs. For now, he’s listed as day-to-day… [ESPN]
Reds second sacker Brandon Phillips is nursing a sore left hamstring and may not play over the next couple of days. [MLB]
Those guys are day to day – Michael Morse of the Nationals is not. On a recent rehab assignment, Morse aggravated his right lat muscle, which affects his ability to throw. The Nationals are prepared to shut the big outfielder down for at least six weeks.
Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin is available to take live batting practice, making further progress from a March knee surgery. Quentin hopes to play by early May. [MLB]
Lorenzo “Sugar” Cain‘s groin strain requires a DL stint, so the Royals are bringing back Jarrod Dyson from AAA Omaha. Dyson was locked in during the spring and his first week at AAA. He’s a BURNER – great speed on the bases and range in centerfield – but a light hitter who hasn’t been able to hit .300 in the minors… Dyson also has a balky shoulder – he injured it over the winter in Venezuela. [MLB]
Jed Lowrie was activated from the 15-day DL, which meant that Brian Bixler was returned to Oklahoma City. At least he can watch a good basketball team there.
Those celebrating on this Friday the 13th with cards, cake, or remembrances include:
(1866) Herman Long – one of the great players of the first century
(1875) Kid Elberfeld – a rough and tumble second baseman and a great player in his own right.
(1879) Jake Stahl
(1885) Vean Gregg
(1885) Wade “Red” Killefer
(1889) Claude Hendrix
(1966) Wes Chamberlain
(1983) Hunter Pence
(1986) Lorenzo “Sugar” Cain
100 Years Ago in The Sporting News…
Ty Cobb, upset about the location of his room in the Chicago Beach Hotel, packed up his things and returned to Detroit, missing two games. His room was near the railroad tracks, which was noisy, and when he asked to move to the other side of the hotel, the hotel management didn’t or couldn’t do it. Hughie Jennings, the manager of the Tigers, let it fly saying that Cobb had been fighting a cold anyway and he and the team would be better off if he were rested and happy.