MLB News

3 June 2009

It’s been a busy baseball night, both on the field and in the clubhouses.

The Pirates are at it again–trading their known commodities for prospects.  This time they sent Nate McLouth to the Braves for three Minor Leaguers.  The deal included Gorkys Hernandez, who was one of Atlanta’s top prospects.  McLouth is hitting .256 with 9 HRs and 34 RBIs.  Hernandez was hitting .316 for Double-A Mississippi. 

The Braves also released future Hall of Famer Tom Glavine.  They felt he did not have enough in the tank to face MLB hitting.  Glavine is the last pitcher to reach 300 Wins.  Randy Johnson’s attempt for 300 was postponed. Finally, the Braves called up prized prospect Tommy Hanson.  Hanson was 3-3 with a 1.49 ERA and 0.86 WHIP.  He had 90 Ks in 66-1/3 Innings.

Chien-Ming Wang will return to the starting rotation for the Yankees.  To make room for Wang in the rotation, Phil Hughes was demoted to the bullpen.

Scott Hairston (bicep) and Asdrubal Cabrera (shoulder) landed on the DL.

J.C. Romero completed his 50-game suspension for taking a PED.  Speaking of PEDs, Sammy Sosa is officially calling it a career.

Cincinnati Reds Pitcher Edison Volquez was placed on the 15-day DL because of back spasms.  The move was made retroactive to May 17th making Volquez eligible to come off the DL on June 1st.  He was 4-2 with 45 Ks, a 4.25 ERA and 1.29 WHIP.

Homer Bailey got the call to fill Volquez’s roster spot.  Bailey is 3-5 with a4.57 ERA and 1.39 WHIP for Triple-A Louisville.  He has struggled in the big leagues going 4-8 with a 6.72 ERA for the Reds in 2007 & 2008.

Joba Chamberlain left the Yankees game in the first inning after taking a line drive off his knee.  The injury does not appear serious, but is worth noting.  His teammate Chien-Ming Wang will make another rehab start before re-joining the Yankees.  The want to make sure his stuff  is up to snuff before tesing Major League hitting.

MLB Injury Report

12 May 2009

Things went from bad to worse for Lastings Milledge.  First he got demoted by the Washington Nationals, and then he breaks his finger laying down a bunt for Triple-A Syracuse.  He could miss two months.  He hit .167 (4 for 24) with 1 RBI and 10 Ks in seven games with the Nationals.  He was hitting .253 in 22 games for Syracuse.

Chien-Ming Wang had a spectacular, and scary, rehab start for the Yankees at Triple A-Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  Wang threw six scoreless Innings giving up three Hits with 3 Walks and 6 Ks.  He also was hit by a line drive, but was able to stay in the game.  With a 34.50 ERA and 4.83 WHIP in three losses for the Yankees, he’ll have a couple more rehab starts to make sure he’s ready.

The Diamondbacks got mixed news as Stephen Drew returned from the DL.  Unfortunately Conor Jackson went on it.  Both hitters are struggling.  Drew was hitting .205 before injuring his hamstring.  Jackson was  hitting .182, though he was third on the team with 14 RBI.  The Diamondbacks are not sure what’s wrong with Jackson.  According to a report on, it’s a “general illness”.

Lance Berkman, Derrek Lee, Josh Hamilton, and Chipper Jones are in the lineup for their respective clubs.  Kevin Youkilis remains out for Boston.

MLB Injury Notes

11 May 2009
Kansas City Closer Joakim Soria went on the 15-day DL because of a sore shoulder.  The move was made retroactive to May 8th.  Soria is seven for seven in Save opportunities, has a 2.08 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.  Juan Cruz will hold down the fort while Soria is out.  He has a couple Wins on the year, a 1.88 ERA, and 1.12 WHIP.  He’s not as nasty, as evidenced by his 6.91 K/9 ratio compared to Soria’s 10.38, but he should be a nice short-term solution for Soria owners or those looking for additional Saves.

The Angels could be adding not one, but two front end Starting Pitchers this week as both John Lackey and Ervin Santana are close to putting their elbow injuries behind them.  In two starts for Triple-A Salt Lake Lackey is 0-1 with a 2.79 ERA and 0.72 WHIP.  He has 8 Ks in 9-2/3 Innings, with just one Walk.  Santana has made one start picking up a Win with a 3.60 ERA and 0.80 WHIP.  He had four Ks in 8 Innings with just one Walk as well.   

Daisuke Matsuzaka threw four scoreless Innings in his second rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket.  He has not allowed a Run in 6-2/3 Innings during his rehab assignment.  He has 5 Ks and 4 Walks, which has his WHIP at an unimpressive 1.50.  He will likely make one more rehab start before rejoining Boston.

Chien-Ming Wang will make his first rehab assignment start when he takes the mound for  Triple-A Scranton.  The Daily News is reporting he’ll throw 100 pitches, and if he looks good, he could rejoin the Yankees shortly.  Currently he’s sporting a 34.50 ERA and 4.83 WHIP.

There are several players with bumps and bruises right now.  There are just four games on tap today:

Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Indians
Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets
Cincinnati Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants (Ryan Zimmerman Watch continues)

Everyone else will welcome the time off after a long stretch of consecutive games.

St. Louis placed Outfielder Rick Ankiel on the 15-day DL allowing him to fully recover from his vicious collision with an Outfield wall while making a catch.  The move was made retroactive to May 5th.  Ankiel is batting .247 on the year with 2 HRs and 11 RBI.  To fill his roster spot, the Cardinals called up Shane Robinson, who was hitting .345 for Triple-A Memphis.

A-Rod likely ended his rebab stint going hitless.  The new President of the Manny Ramirez Fan Club was 0-2 with a pair of Walks.  He will likely make his season debut tomorrow. 
A-Rod’s teammate Chien-Ming Wang pitched well in his rehab start.  Wang pitched five scoreless Innings giving up three Hits while striking out seven batters.  He’ll likely make a could more starts before returning to the Yankees.

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