The Phillies tried Ryan Madson as the closer last night (Lidge had pitched in four consecutive games and wasn’t available as it was) and blew the save anyway… No worries – Lidge will keep his job until his arm or knee falls off. [Multiple Sources]
A little good news earlier in the broadcast… Hiroki Kuroda threw a successful bullpen session and is closer to returning to the Dodgers. He is expected to throw a simulated game in a few days, then a rehab start. Kuroda is healing quickly after suffering a concussion when nailed in the side of the head by a drive off the bat of Rusty Ryal a couple of weeks ago. [MLB]
Brad Penny asked for, and received, his release from the Boston Red Sox – surrendering his roster spot to Billy Wagner. Penny will start looking for a team that wants a healthy but disappointing pitcher. I always liked him – works fast, threw strikes. He needs Dave Duncan – but the Marlin fan in me wouldn’t mind letting him find his routine as a long reliever back home in Florida where it started for him [ESPN]
With no fear that this was going to get any better for him, Milton Bradley says he feels “hatred” from Cub fans – fans who are disappointed that the usually dependable hitter (if undependable personality) had struggled through most of his first season in Chicago. Bradley says the only place he feels any love is at home with his family, and apparently gets booed in more places than just Wrigley – like restaurants, bars, grocery stores, gas stations, and knitting clubs. Do you think that many people recognize Milton Bradley at first glance? Or is he just paranoid? [ESPN]
Moving across town, newly acquired White Sox starter Jake Peavy’s start on Saturday will be postponed. His elbow is still sore and swollen, the effects of being hit by a line drive in his last rehab start. [ESPN]
Speaking of sore elbows, Detroit starter Armando Gallaraga goes to AAA for rest (and not the DL?), giving his sore throwing elbow a break. To replace him, Nate Robertson gets the call. Robertson has been on the DL with an elbow injury himself… [ESPN]
Yankee catcher Jorge Posada will miss a few games after taking a foul ball squarely on his left ring finger Wednesday night; the finger is swollen but not broken. [ESPN]
Another Mets pitcher is heading to surgery… Oliver Perez’s sore knee requires a scalpel and sutures to repair his right patella tendon. Look for Pat Misch or Lance Broadway to get his starts. (I know – Broadway in New York… Broadway was picked up in May for backup catcher Ramon Castro in a trade with the White Sox.) If you were counting, this is 14 Met players on the DL. [ESPN]
FoxSports is reporting that LaTroy Hawkins was placed on waivers, but claimed by someone. So, Houston recalled Hawkins’ name from the list and now cannot be traded until after the season. [FoxSports]
For the second time in five years, the Cleveland Indians bus was involved in an accident or incident on the way to Kaufman Stadium in Kansas City. The driver of the car hitting the bus was injured, but the Indians won the game anyway… [SI]
A Federal Appeals court ruled that federal investigators were wrong for seizing the list of players who had tested positive in the now infamous “sampling” tests done in 2003 to determine if baseball needed a stronger anti-PED policy. Prosecutors wanted information about ten players involved in the BALCO investigation and wound up with 104 players instead… The leaks are more famous than the list itself. The Fed was asked to return the list, but one wonders if this means that the leaks will end. [SI]
In an odd twist, three umpires worked home plate in last night’s Toronto/Tampa game. Jerry Crawford left with back spasms. His replacement, Tom Hallion, took a Scott Kazmir fastball in the chest (Travis Snider swung and missed, and Greg Zaun had no idea Kazmir was throwing a fastball and missed, too). Hallion chose to stay out there – but moved to third base instead, meaning that Brian O’Nora had to finish the game. I’m betting that hasn’t happened before. [FoxSports]
Welcome Back! Justin Upton returned to Arizona, Juan Rincon returned to Colorado, Joe Saunders is back with the Angels, and Tim Wakefield is back with Boston – all four coming back from DL stints. Brett Carroll is back with the Marlins with Nick Johnson heading to the DL. Carroll is the best fifth outfielder they have… Drew Macias made his seventeenth trip between Portland and San Diego this week… I’ll root for him forever now.
Is it Over? I sure hope not. Matt Murton was designated for assignment by Colorado. The kid could hit, but never keep a job. Murton isn’t Russell Branyan – a power hitter without a home because he never gets more than 100 at bats in a month to get his groove on. He’s more of a .280 – .300 hitter with middling power type. If he could pinch hit or tell jokes or dance during the seventh inning stretch, he’d be Jay Johnstone and hang around on benches forever. Todd Stashwick (my favorite actor) – you probably don’t read my blog, but if you could teach him to be more clever and work on his impromtu humor so he could be a guest on pregame, postgame, and rain delay shows, Matt Murton could stay in the majors.
Hurry Back! Pirates pitcher Jeff Karstens heads to the DL with a strained back. Shane Loux (Angels), Daniel Schlereth (D-Backs), and Collin Balester (Nationals) are heading back to AAA.
Afterthoughts… Is it me, or do ESPN Radio hosts get more vacation time than anyone? Mike and Mike in the Morning should be renamed “Maybe Mike and Mike, but probably Erik Kuselius in for one of them, in the Morning”… And nobody’s show is less frequently hosted by the named star than the afternoon drive show of Doug Gottlieb. He is NEVER on his own show. In fact, I’m used to the radio bump “You’re Listening to the Doug Gottlieb Show… In for Doug, Ryan Racillo.” Does somebody keep stats on this???