Well – we got some good news and bad news… Good News? Pedro Martinez fanned nine of the first twelve batters he faced, finishing with eleven, in a start against AA Trenton. Bad News? He allowed a homer to one kid, and three runs on five hits in six innings. So, it sounds like Pedro might be able to help in short spurts – two or three innings, maybe. But, don’t think Pedro is ready to be a major league starter – much less PEDRO – when he gets to Philadelphia. Will I root and cheer for him? You bet. Am I adding him to my fantasy roster? I’d rather have Jess Todd or Brian Matusz. [ESPN]
When you think of teams fighting injuries, you think M-E-T-S… Mets! Last night, Jonathan Niese, a promising young pitcher, was covering first on a double play grounder when he did the full splits taking the throw. Trying his first warm up pitch in the next inning, Niese fell over – the results of completely tearing his upper hamstring from the bone of his right leg. Later, Gary Sheffield aggrevated his hamstring running the bases (Sheff says it’s cramping and needs more electrolytes) – and the bad news for Jose Reyes is that he may not play this year owing to scar tissue and inflammation where his hamstring connects near the knee. [ESPN/MLB]
The Yankees have opened up a slight lead over the Red Sox in the AL East, and now they open up a series at home against those same Sawks… For Boston, they won’t have Jason Bay in left field for the first couple of games. After missing a couple of games, Bay played last night and irritated a sore hammy running out a grounder. He’s day-to-day for now – we’ll see how rest helps. [ESPN]
Seattle’s Erik Bedard will undergo an MRI on his ailing shoulder – the same shoulder that has had the ace lefty shelved since late June. [ESPN]
Washington’s Austin Kearns may undergo surgery on his right thumb – as it is, he’s on the DL. Having hit .195, it’s any wonder why he’s not in AA rather than the major league roster… Taking his roster spot is TWELVE YEAR minor leaguer, Jorge Padilla. [SI]
Well, let’s give you the lowdown on Padilla… He was in the Phillies chain but never strung together a really good hot streak – by the time he got to AAA, Padilla was rather ordinary – .256, with speed (32 sbs), but little power. After injuries shelved him, Padilla moved around – AA for the Mets, AA/AAA for Kansas City, and now AA and AAA for Washington where he’s been hitting everything, drawing a few walks, and occasionally knocking the ball out of the park. Like the story about Cubs infielder, Bobby Scales, it’s great to see Padilla (who turns 30 next week) get a shot after more than 1100 minor league games. (And, he can probably outhit Kearns by 60 points or so – and is still mobile if not a burner.)
A couple of veteran pitchers inked minor league deals… Paul Byrd signed with Boston (why hasn’t ANYBODY signed this guy until now?); Brett Tomko’s career has life – he’s got a deal with Oakland. The mill has it that he’s there to eat up innings so the young A’s starting rotation doesn’t burn out in September. Wow – that’s a sign you’ve given up on the season. Wasn’t Randy Lerch available?
Few writers are as good as KC Star alum Joe Posnanski… Pos writes about how small market teams have fallen on hard times in 2009. Give it a look-see. [SI]
Welcome Back! Joe Martinez pitched for the Giants last night – the same guy who was nailed by a liner up the middle off the bat of Mike Cameron and suffered three skull fractures earlier in the year. Glad to see he’s back – hope he sticks around. Aaron Miles was brought off the DL by the Cubs.
Hurry Back! Giants pitcher Henry Sosa tore a muscle in his shoulder and goes to the 60-day-DL.
Is it Over? The Cubs released Jason Waddell; Cody Ransom (Yankeees), Ryan Freel (Kansas City) were designated for assignment. Wow – this has been a tough year for Freel…