Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, the reigning AL MVP, slid headfirst into home plate trying to avoid a tag from catcher Victor Martinez – an aggressive play in that he was tagging on a foul pop up – and broke the top of his right arm. Dave Anderson, who was coaching at third, noticed that pitcher Brad Penny had not covered the plate, so he sent Hamilton – who later said he didn’t want to go and was worried that something would happen. Afterwards, Hamilton called it a “stupid play” and threw his coach under the bus. Hamilton will miss at least six weeks and likely two months. [Fox Sports]
Sports Illustrated’s Joe Lemire (among others) suggested that the Rangers should be protecting their oft-injured prize. [SI]
The Dodgers lost their leadoff hitter, shortstop Rafael Furcal, to a broken left thumb – also injured while sliding headfirst into a base (third). Furcal won’t need surgery, but was so bothered by the injury that the word “retirement” crept into his post game comments. He will be back in about six weeks. While Jamey Carroll and Juan Uribe will get the bulk of the playing time, infielder Ivan DeJesus, Jr. was called up to be a bench player. Of course, I am old enough to remember Ivan DeJesus, Sr. playing short and batting leadoff for the Cubs in the middle and late 1970s. He’s coaching for the Cubs now and STILL looks fit enough to play. [FoxSports]
I’m late in reporting this – sorry – but one of my favorite players, Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, will miss time on the DL dealing with a strained abdominal muscle. The Nationals, who don’t want to give fans the idea that they know what they are doing, recalled a third catcher in his place. [FoxSports]
Start the Argument Now…
So who do you think has a tougher road out of the cellar, Boston or Tampa? Here’s MLB’s Matthew Leach’s take. [MLB]
Proof that Winning Cures a Lot of Ills…
Michael Young no longer thinks about getting traded… That is – until he gets traded. With Hamilton going down, though, he’ll get more playing time. Can he play left? [FoxSports]
Let the Healing Begin…
It was opening day in Japan, and teams all around the country remembered those affected by the earthquake and tsumami that ravaged the northeastern islands. In Sendai, the Rakuten Eagles won – while the aftershocks that continue weeks later were felt in the stadium during the game. [SI]
The Angels activated outfielder Reggie Willits and pitcher Scott Downs from the DL.
The Blue Jays placed outfielder Rajai Davis on the DL with an ankle sprain, and activated outfielder Corey Patterson from the DL.
The Padres activated Mat Latos from the DL, optioning Wade LeBlanc to AAA.
The Brewers placed reliever Takashi Saito on the DL with a hamstring injury and recalled pitcher Brandon Kintzler from the Nashville Sounds. Never heard of Kintzler? He was a late round pick of the San Diego Padres in 2004, but couldn’t stay healthy enough to make any progress. After three seasons of independent baseball, he was picked up by the Brewers and has made progress as a reliever, even getting a cup of coffee with the team last year. He throws a low 90s fastball and a slider. For a couple of years, he worked at a Coldstone Creamery franchise owned by his sister; I was listening to a Reds broadcast where Kintzler pitched and the color guy said he must have strengthened his forearm scooping ice cream.
Kid Elberfeld (1875) – once had the only four hits in a game against Rube Waddell
Red Killefer (1885)
Claude Hendrix (1889)
Mark Leiter (1963)
Hunter Pence (1983)
Lorenzo Cain (1986) – doesn’t he have a name that should be the lead of some detective movie?