Already covered the Scott Kazmir trade – so here’s the rest of what was a pretty interesting weekend of baseball, even if the only races worth watching are the Wild Card races.
Jake Peavy was pushing it – trying to use an elbow that had just been nailed by a liner five days back. Saturday, he left his start early and now he’s going to have an MRI. Sheesh – if he’d just waited it out, maybe there’s nothing wrong. If he misses more than just a turn in the rotation, it’s a much bigger problem. [ESPN]
Randy Johnson hopes to begin throwing again, but if he returns to the Giants he’s coming back to the bullpen. I’d love to see him one more time, as even Johnson has no idea if he’s got a 2010 season in him. [ESPN]
Boston’s Tim Wakefield took a cortisone shot to relieve pain in his back, but it will be a few days before it will be known if he’s going to be able to pitch down the stretch. Wakefield has been out nearly six weeks now. Meanwhile, somebody finally signed Paul Byrd; it was Boston and he pitched well enough this weekend to offer hope as a fifth starter option. [ESPN]
Houston’s Mike Hamption is done for 2009, another season ending in injury. Hampton is scheduled to have surgery on both knees and his throwing shoulder – knocking off three at once rather than pushing out his career DL trip record with two more trips next year. Manager Cecil Cooper says Hampton should come back as a pinch hitter. [SI]
Another Astro who won’t be coming back soon – Chad Qualls. Qualls was twisting out of the way of a liner hit back up the middle when his left leg buckled, dislocating his knee cap. He got the save (it was the last pitch of the game), but Qualls called for help immediately after he went down. [MLB]
The Dodgers got a utility infielder, Ronnie Belliard, from the Nationals for a minor leaguer and a PTNL. Belliard needs playing time to stay sharp because (if you haven’t seen him lately) he’s not the fittest looking guy and if he doesn’t play his timing goes off quickly. The Nationals get Luis Garcia, who (if I am correct in guessing WHICH Luis Garcia he is) is a pretty good, albeit very young, reliever throwing for the Great Lakes Loons in the Midwest League. This Luis Garcia has 55 ks and 15 bbs in 71 innings, is just 22, and hails from the Dominican Republic. [MLB]
The Twins signed two relievers, acquiring Jon Rauch for a PTNL from Arizona, and signing the waived Ron Mahay away from Kansas City. These guys may be experienced, but I’m not certain they are going to be players who change the course of the AL Central race. [MLB]
My old Hoffman High School friend Robb Tavill is worried that Rich Harden may be on his way out of Chicago, and according to FoxSports, he could be a Twin if a deal can be reached. St. Louis did a lot of damage in July – the Twins are loading up in August. [FoxSports]
On the other hand, Twins third baseman Joe Crede is back on the DL with a sore back – a back that is so bad that it’s now considered career threatening. Crede’s had epidural shots to help relieve pain, but at some point he’s going to have to deal with the pain that has linked to his last operation. [MLB]
Back to the Cubs… Alfonso Soriano is hoping that the MRI done on his ailing knee gives him hope, else the Cubs could be shutting him down for the rest of 2009. After a rather disappointing 2009, those six remaining years on his contract seem like such a LONG time… [FoxSports]
Mets third baseman David Wright wants to play in September and is scheduled to come off the DL soon, a stint caused by a beaning two weeks ago. One gets the impression from the news stories that Jerry Manual likes that Wright isn’t around and I’m not sure why that is. But then again, I don’t understand those guys running the Mets. [FoxSports]
Seattle’s Ian Snell was drilled in the right wrist by a liner on Saturday, but he’ll be fine – didn’t even leave the game. Snell thanks milk for his bone not breaking – he put up his right arm in self-defense. [MLB]
Cincinnati’s Jay Bruce is finally able to swing with his injured wrist – he hopes to get back to the Reds before the season is out. Bruce broke his wrist diving for a ball in right field on July 11th and has been out since then. [MLB]
Padres outfielder Kyle Blanks injured his foot rounding the bases on a home run trot and had to leave Saturday’s game – so the plantar fasciitis that he’s been suffering from (similar to the injury that hobbled Carlos Quentin and my running partner Mike Coe) is rearing its ugly foot. Now, Blanks is on the DL. [MLB]
Toronto’s Marco Scutaro was drilled in the head by a Josh Beckett fastball on Friday night, suffering a mild concussion, and remains day-to-day. Scutaro and Aaron Hill have carried the Jays offense this season. [MLB]
FoxSports reporter Chris Ballard wonders why teams are hooked on the five man rotation. I think Ballard is even missing a more important point – and that’s why do teams use a five man rotation and not a five DAY rotation? A baseball season is essentially 183 days, so if your ace started every fifth DAY rather than every fifth GAME, you’d get 36 or 37 starts out of him, rather than 33. Why wouldn’t you take 16 starts away from your fifth starter and give them to the first four slots in the rotation? I am also in favor of having rookie starters work on six days rest rather than five. One year in long relief, one year as a fifth starter – getting 16 starts and maybe 10 – 15 relief appearances in between those starts – and then moving into the rotation.
There are teams that have a ton of young pitching that could just go with a six man rotation, too. We digress.
Hurry Back! Chris Snyder, D-Backs catcher, heads to the DL with inflammation in his lower back. Seattle’s Russell Branyan is having his best season, and now goes to the DL with a herniated disk in his back. Florida sent Chris Volstad to AAA New Orleans – he needs to find his command.
Welcome Back! The Rays brought back Akinori Iwamura, who had injured his knee in a collision with Marlin outfielder Chris Coghlan in May.