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 Posted: Thu May 3rd, 2012 01:36 pm
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NEW YORK -- New York Yankees reserve infielder Eric Chavez left Wednesday night's 5-0 loss to the Baltimore Orioles with a whiplash injury and a possible concussion.

Chavez exited the game in the bottom of the fifth inning, and will undergo head and spine scans at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

The injury occurred in the top of the fifth, when Chavez dove to try to snare a line drive down the left-field line off the bat of the Orioles' J.J. Hardy. Chavez was playing third base in place of Alex Rodriguez, who was the Yankees' designated hitter.

Chavez came up for his at-bat in the bottom of the frame, but facing a 1-2 count, Chavez had to call for time. Manager Joe Girardi came out to check on Chavez, and eventually helped him back to the dugout and toward the clubhouse.

"He came off the field and said he got a little dizzy, but he was all right," Girardi said. "And then when he was going through his at-bat, he got dizzy (again), and when he stepped out, I noticed."

The Yankees were already playing with a short bench on Wednesday night, with outfielder Nick Swisher out because of a strained left hamstring. Swisher is not expected to return to the lineup until early next week, meaning the Yankees will likely have to make a roster move before Thursday's game in Kansas City against the Royals.

"It does limit us," Girardi said about the rash of injuries. "So that's why I feel that at some point we're gonna have to make a move here. I can't tell you exactly what it is, but we're gonna have to do something."

Chavez, 34, was batting .290 with three home runs and five RBIs on the season, his second with the Yankees. He played in just 58 games in 2011, missing almost two months of the season with a broken bone in his left foot that he suffered while running the bases. He hasn't played in more than 90 games in a season since 2006.

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LOL. Dodger runner was called out on this play last nite





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CINCINNATI -- The return of Kerry Wood and Ryan Dempster on Thursday cost Randy Wells and Scott Maine their spots on the Chicago Cubs' roster.


Wells' demotion made sense because he had his issues in two outings as Dempster's rotation replacement. He will go back to Triple-A Iowa.




Maine, on the other hand, got caught up in a numbers game. The left-hander had been effective since he was called up to the Cubs on April 20, posting a 1.59 ERA in five outings. He also gave the bullpen a second left-hander to go along with James Russell.


But right-hander Michael Bowden, recently acquired from the Boston Red Sox for Marlon Byrd, does not have any minor league options remaining. Right-hander Lendy Castillo, as a Rule 5 selection this winter, can't be sent down without being offered back to his former team, the Phillies, for half of his $50,000 selection fee.


Maine took his demotion in stride, while Wells struggled with his.


"No, I kind of hate it actually; I'm not happy," Wells said. "I didn't pitch well so there is nobody really to blame but yourself. It still sucks. You obviously want to pitch well and put yourself in a good position, but the numbers just don't stack up. It is what it is."


In his first outing after being recalled, Wells walked five batters against the Reds. Last weekend at Philadelphia, he opened with three hitless innings before falling apart in the fourth, with walks again being an issue.

"The walks are the only thing really that spoils this whole thing," Wells said. "I thought I pitched pretty good against the Reds, just the five walks look (terrible). Obviously the fourth inning at Philly unraveled, and I let it get away from me. But I'm no different than I have been the last three years. I just had a bad inning. Whatever. Chalk it up as a bad day and go back to work."

Dempster, who had been out with a strained right quadriceps muscle, will see action right away, getting the start Thursday against the Cincinnati Reds on his 35th birthday. Homer Bailey, who is celebrating his 26th birthday, is starting for the Reds.


Wood, who was out with what was officially being called "right shoulder fatigue," will return to a less-high profile role in the bullpen. The setup man when the season started now will work in the sixth and seventh innings until he finds his stride and is effective enough to get his old job back.


"We'll monitor him," manager Dale Sveum said. "It will be every other day and when you get him up you get him in the game. Early on here we'll probably use him in less stressful situations."

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San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has fractured the hamate bone in his left hand, according to multiple Bay Area media reports.




Sandoval was injured while swinging the bat in the Giants' 3-2 loss to Miami on Wednesday. He left the game in the seventh inning.
"He took a swing and had quite a bit of pain and had to come out," manager Bruce Bochy said after Wednesday's game. "There's a lot of concern here. We know what this guy means to our club and our offense."

Sandoval is hitting .316 and his five home runs, 14 RBIs and 16 runs scored are all team highs.

The injury comes almost exactly a year afrer Sandoval fractured the hamate bone in his right hand. That injury resulted in surgery and he missed 41 games.

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lobo316 wrote: San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has fractured the hamate bone in his left hand, according to multiple Bay Area media reports.




Sandoval was injured while swinging the bat in the Giants' 3-2 loss to Miami on Wednesday. He left the game in the seventh inning.
"He took a swing and had quite a bit of pain and had to come out," manager Bruce Bochy said after Wednesday's game. "There's a lot of concern here. We know what this guy means to our club and our offense."

Sandoval is hitting .316 and his five home runs, 14 RBIs and 16 runs scored are all team highs.

The injury comes almost exactly a year afrer Sandoval fractured the hamate bone in his right hand. That injury resulted in surgery and he missed 41 games.

 

San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has a broken bone in his left hand and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Sandoval believes he actually hurt the wrist Sunday, manager Bruce Bochy told reporters. He returned to work Tuesday after a day off and reported soreness in the hand.

"Tough news for us and Pablo," Bochy said. "I feel for him, particularly the way he has been playing and swinging the bat.

"You just don't replace a bat like Pablo's. There are few guys in Major League Baseball who can do the things he can do with the bat."

An X-ray on Tuesday did not reveal the break of the hamate bone, but Sandoval, who came out of Wednesday's game against the Miami Marlins in the seventh inning, then underwent an MRI exam and CT scan that showed the fracture. He will have surgery on Friday at Stanford and is expected to miss four to six weeks.

"He doesn't remember doing it on one swing," Giants athletic trainer Dave Groeschner said. "He was hitting right-handed Sunday and the off day Monday, then Tuesday afterward he said it was sore. X-rays are tough on that area. It's not a good way to view it."

In entries Thursday on his Twitter account, Sandoval thanked his fans for their support in what he said was a tough time.

The three entries, when strung together, read: "To all my fans ; I will like to thank you guys for all the good wishes , this is a hard moment in my career , but I know that with God blessing this will benefit me , to perform better for you guys . Thanks for all the support I will be back soon and the #PANDAMODE WILL ALWAYS BE ON NO MATTER WHAT. Thanks --- Support the team everyone"

Conor Gillaspie was called up from Triple-A Fresno to replace Sandoval on the Giants' roster. He was added to the starting lineup and was due to bat second and play third base Thursday afternoon against the Marlins.

Sandoval is hitting .316, and his five home runs, 14 RBIs and 16 runs scored are all team highs.

The injury comes almost exactly a year afrer Sandoval fractured the hamate bone in his right hand. That injury resulted in surgery, and he missed 41 games.

The Giants expect Aubrey Huff to come off the DL on Monday after his battle with anxiety disorder. Huff has been working out and taking batting practice, while giving Bochy indications he is ready both physically and mentally to get back on the field.


 

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lobo316 wrote:
CINCINNATI -- The return of Kerry Wood and Ryan Dempster on Thursday cost Randy Wells and Scott Maine their spots on the Chicago Cubs' roster.


Wells' demotion made sense because he had his issues in two outings as Dempster's rotation replacement. He will go back to Triple-A Iowa.




Maine, on the other hand, got caught up in a numbers game. The left-hander had been effective since he was called up to the Cubs on April 20, posting a 1.59 ERA in five outings. He also gave the bullpen a second left-hander to go along with James Russell.


But right-hander Michael Bowden, recently acquired from the Boston Red Sox for Marlon Byrd, does not have any minor league options remaining. Right-hander Lendy Castillo, as a Rule 5 selection this winter, can't be sent down without being offered back to his former team, the Phillies, for half of his $50,000 selection fee.


Maine took his demotion in stride, while Wells struggled with his.


"No, I kind of hate it actually; I'm not happy," Wells said. "I didn't pitch well so there is nobody really to blame but yourself. It still sucks. You obviously want to pitch well and put yourself in a good position, but the numbers just don't stack up. It is what it is."


In his first outing after being recalled, Wells walked five batters against the Reds. Last weekend at Philadelphia, he opened with three hitless innings before falling apart in the fourth, with walks again being an issue.

"The walks are the only thing really that spoils this whole thing," Wells said. "I thought I pitched pretty good against the Reds, just the five walks look (terrible). Obviously the fourth inning at Philly unraveled, and I let it get away from me. But I'm no different than I have been the last three years. I just had a bad inning. Whatever. Chalk it up as a bad day and go back to work."

Dempster, who had been out with a strained right quadriceps muscle, will see action right away, getting the start Thursday against the Cincinnati Reds on his 35th birthday. Homer Bailey, who is celebrating his 26th birthday, is starting for the Reds.


Wood, who was out with what was officially being called "right shoulder fatigue," will return to a less-high profile role in the bullpen. The setup man when the season started now will work in the sixth and seventh innings until he finds his stride and is effective enough to get his old job back.


"We'll monitor him," manager Dale Sveum said. "It will be every other day and when you get him up you get him in the game. Early on here we'll probably use him in less stressful situations."


Wood is just garbage, can that guy ever stay healthy? just hang it up Kerry.



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so they send down a pitcher who is doing good, to keep a couple shitty pitchers in the majors.  And people wonder why the Cubs have not won a WS in 103 yrs

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Yanks' manager says Rivera has torn knee ligament
By DAVE SKRETTA | The Associated Press – 18 minutes ago

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi says closer Mariano Rivera has a torn right knee ligament, an injury that could potentially end his career.

The 42-year-old right-hander was carted off the field after twisting his right knee shagging flyballs during batting practice Thursday night before the Yankees played the Kansas City Royals.



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Benlen wrote: LOL. Dodger runner was called out on this play last nite





Absoluely horrible call. Here's the video:




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ANAHEIM -- The Los Angeles Angels acquired reliever Ernesto Frieri from the San Diego Padres on Thursday in exchange for minor leaguers Alexi Amarista and Donn Roach.

Frieri will join the Angels before their game on Friday, and the team will announce a corresponding roster move at that time.


Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto has been looking to add bullpen depth since he got the job in November, but his search was intensified when the Angels' bullpen blew six of its first seven save opportunities in April.


"He misses bats," Dipoto said. "He's got a history of missing bats, he's very good at it. He's been in a middle role for the Padres, who've had deep bullpens. It's the opportunity to go find a cost-effective, effective-on-the-field part of a solution."


Frieri, 26, is 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA and leads the Padres bullpen with 18 strikeouts in 11 appearances. A Colombian right-hander, Frieri broke into the big leagues in 2009 and is 3-3 with a 2.33 ERA in 105 major league games.


Amarista, 23, is a speedy, switch-hitting utility guy who had two stints with the Angels, batting .154 in 23 games. Roach, 22, has compiled a 14-6 record and 3.97 ERA in the minor leagues, recently for Class-A Inland Empire.

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CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum informed Carlos Marmol Friday that he is out as the closer, a day after the struggling reliever blew a 3-0 ninth-inning lead in a loss to the Cincinnati Reds.


Sveum said he will use a combination of left-hander James Russell and right-hander Rafael Dolis to close games for now.

Marmol walked three of the five batters he faced in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Reds, wasting eight shutout innings by Ryan Dempster.


Marmol said after the game that he hoped to remain the closer, but knows the manager makes the final choice.


"You lose a game like that, I'm embarrassed right now," Marmol said.


The coaching staff has been trying to get Marmol to throw strikes with his fastball. But his wildness with his slider is what has made things the most troubling.


"It's the same story again," Sveum said Thursday. "Throwing 3-0 sliders when you have three-run leads is just not acceptable. Nothing else can happen except a two-run homer and nobody is on base. Somehow we have to make adjustments there to throw fastball in these situations."


Marmol has converted just two of five save chances this season and has a 6.23 ERA with 12 walks in 8 2/3 innings. He got the save with a perfect inning in a 3-1 victory over the Reds Wednesday, but he went to a full count on the first batter, while the second batter flew out to the base of the left-field wall.


Russell, who has no career saves, hasn't given up an earned run in nine appearances, spanning 7 2/3 innings. Dolis, who took the blown save and then the loss Thursday, has a 3.52 ERA and one save in 13 games this season.

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lobo316 wrote: The Los Angeles Dodgers are in talks with veteran Bobby Abreu regarding a role as pinch hitter and part-time outfielder, sources confirmed to ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.




The Angels released Abreu on Friday after the 38-year-old journeyman got off to a painfully slow start in limited at-bats.

Because the Angels cut him, the Dodgers would only have to pay Abreu a prorated version of the veteran's minimum.

Abreu had gotten just 24 at-bats in the first three weeks and was batting .208. The Angels thought they had come close to trading Abreu twice, first to the New York Yankees and then to the Cleveland Indians. Abreu grumbled publicly a couple of times about his limited role.

Abreu signed with the Angels before the 2009 season. He appeared in 456 games for them and batted .267 with 43 home runs and 246 RBIs. The two-time All-Star is one of four players all-time with at least 500 doubles, 250 home runs and 350 stolen bases.

The Dodgers have gotten off to a surprising 17-8 start that has them in first place in the NL West. The team's new owners, led by Magic Johnson, officially took hold of the organization Wednesday.


 

 

CHICAGO -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed Bobby Abreu, one week after the Angels cut the slumping outfielder.

Abreu hit .208 in 24 at-bats before the last-place Angels let him go last Friday. He didn't have to go very far to find another job, opting for a reserve role with the NL West-leading Dodgers.

The 38-year-old Abreu is in the last season of a $27 million, three-year contract and is due $9 million this year. He is a career .293 hitter with 284 homers, 1,330 RBIs and 393 stolen bases. He previously played for Houston, Philadelphia and the New York Yankees.

Infielder Justin Sellers was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room on the roster.








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Abreu (I'm convinced he's Steroid Sammy's cousin if you look at them facially)is so done.



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Nationals beat the Phillies 4-3 in 11 Inning. I said National would sweep the phillies. However the phillies should had won this game, the umps blew two calls that would had given the Philles at least two runs. The Umps were really bad tonight blowing at least 4 calls tonight.



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The Chicago White Sox are moving Chris Sale, who's been one of the more effective starters in the American League, from the rotation to the closer role, the team announced on Friday.



Sale reportedly has left elbow tenderness and was not happy with the switch.

"Chris is going to be fine," pitching coach Don Cooper told reporters. "He was upset. He wanted to continue to (start).

"But again, sometimes we have to make decisions based on what we feel is best for that individual, and that's what we did."

Sale is 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA.

"We're going to be trying to make him one of the best left-handed relievers in baseball, not only the American League," Cooper said. "That's where we're at with it."

Sale will replace Hector Santiago, who will become a set-up man. Dylan Axelrod will get the first crack at taking Sale's place in the rotation.

"This gives Hector a chance to pitch and go out there and develop," Cooper said. "But this is a decision based solely on Chris."

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