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 Posted: Tue Apr 24th, 2012 06:34 pm
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This will be a long running Baseball thread with injury news and other various notes.

Mets put LF Jason Bay on DL with broken rib
The Associated Press – 27 minutes ago

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets have put left fielder Jason Bay on the 15-day disabled list, a day after he broke a rib while trying to make a diving catch.

The Mets said Tuesday that an MRI exam showed a nondisplaced fracture on Bay's left side. Infielder Zach Lutz was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo.

Bay was hurt Monday night during a doubleheader sweep by San Francisco. In the fourth inning of the second game, Bay ran back on a long fly by Gregor Blanco. The ball bounced out of Bay's glove for a two-run double and he landed face-first near the warning track.

Bay left the game a few innings later. The 33-year-old Bay is hitting .240 with three home runs. Lutz was hitting .333 with three homers for Buffalo.



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Braves demote Jair Jurrjens to minors after loss
The Associated Press – 12 hours ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Atlanta Braves have optioned struggling pitcher Jair Jurrjens to Triple-A Gwinnett after the 2011 All-Star lasted only three-plus innings in a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Jurrjens, who led the Braves with 13 wins last season despite two trips to the disabled list, is 0-2 with a 9.37 ERA in four starts. He retired only seven of the 17 batters he faced Monday night - including opposing pitcher Chris Capuano on a sacrifice bunt - and was charged with five runs on nine hits in a 7-2 loss.

It was the first time Jurrjens failed to record a strikeout in 42 starts since April 29, 2010, at St. Louis, when he departed after one inning with a strained left hamstring.

The team will make a corresponding roster move Tuesday.



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Bay sucks.

Jurrjens is a mystery. He doesn't have wicked stuff but his control is usually excellent. Braves have a deep, deep system so this might not be good for him.

On the plus side, I can now pay $10 for a dugout seat to watch him pitch 12 miles from my house.:)

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Jurrjens hasn't been right since being out with the injury last year. His velocity has been down since coming back and he's had an ERA on the wrong side of 5 since.

Mike Pelfrey of the Mets looks to be headed under the knife for season-ending surgery, believed to be a torn UCL.

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Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford is going to see Dr. James Andrews to have the soreness in his left elbow checked out, a source told ESPN The Magazine senior baseball writer Buster Olney.

Crawford is out indefinitely and not close to returning to action, the source said.

Tuesday, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Crawford would seek a second opinion on the elbow.

Crawford, who also had offseason wrist surgery, has taken some at-bats but has not played the field in extended spring training games. No timetable has been set for when he can resume throwing.


Crawford had returned to Florida on Tuesday night, where he has been rehabbing, Valentine said, after being examined in Boston earlier in the day.

Valentine said he had no other information on the condition of Crawford's elbow other than it was "sore." He added that the elbow remains a cause for concern.


"Until a guy is 100 percent, you always have concern," Valentine said.


At the start of spring training, before the elbow issue had surfaced, the most conservative estimates for when Crawford would be playing for the Red Sox was May 1.


The Red Sox outfield could use some reinforcement with center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury expected to miss six to eight weeks with a shoulder injury.


Crawford signed a seven-year, $142 million contract with the Red Sox before the 2011 season and had one of the worst years of his career, hitting .255 with 11 home runs and 18 stolen bases.

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Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is making progress from an infection after Achilles tendon surgery but will not resume baseball activities for at least a week, the team said Tuesday.

"After seeing the wound specialist in Philadelphia yesterday, Ryan Howard's wound has gotten smaller and is healing," the statement said. "We've been advised to limit his activities for one more week to allow it to continue to heal."

The Phillies also announced that outfielder Hunter Pence would undergo a precautionary MRI on his left, non-throwing shoulder after injuring trying to make a diving catch Sunday. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported later Tuesday the MRI showed no structural damage. Pence was back in the Phillies' lineup Tuesday night. He hit a two-run homer in an 8-5 win over Arizona.

Howard suffered a torn left Achilles in Game 5 of the National League Division Series against St. Louis in October. He left spring camp on Feb. 26 to undergo a procedure to clean up an infection around the sutures from his surgery.

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Jeremy Bonderman, who last pitched in the big leagues in 2010, had reconstructive elbow surgery on Tuesday, with the intent of working his way back to the big leagues in 2013, a baseball source told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.

Bonderman, 29, is 67-77 in eight seasons, with a 4.89 ERA and 929 career strikeouts.

He last pitched in the majors for the Detroit Tigers, with whom he has spent his entire big league career to date. In 29 starts in 2010, he went 8-10 with a 5.53 ERA over 171 innings.

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was examined by team physicians after undergoing an MRI on his shoulder Tuesday in New York, but the team did not announce the results because the pitcher's agent requested he get a second opinion on Wednesday.


It was yet another turn in what has become the puzzling saga of the 23-year-old right-hander the Yankees acquired from Seattle in January in exchange for Jesus Montero, the most highly touted hitting prospect in their farm system.

"It's confusing, because he asked for the second opinion before we had the first," conceded manager Joe Girardi, who added he had not been given the results of the exam performed on Pineda on Tuesday by Yankees team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad. Pineda will be examined by Mets team doctor David Altchek in New York on Wednesday.


"I don't know if (Ahmad) will talk to Altchek first and they'll discuss what they see before they put something out; that way there's maybe not a conflicting report," Girardi said.


According to Girardi, the second opinion was requested by Fern Cuza, Pineda's agent, after Pineda was shut down on Saturday after feeling pain and weakness in the back of the right shoulder 15 pitches into an extended spring training game. It was the first time he had thrown to hitters since being placed on the 15-game disabled list on March 31.


"When they found out he was going to New York, his agent requested that whatever happens, we want a second opinion," Girardi said. "Whatever that means, we should know more as time goes on. I don't know why agents and players ask for second opinions. It's not something I ever did. Sometimes guys are just more comfortable with other doctors, but that's okay."
Cuza, who represents Yankees closer Mariano Rivera and represented Pedro Martinez during his time as a Met, did not immediately return a call seeking comment. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman declined to comment via text message until he receives the medical report on Wednesday.


Originally, the Yankees listed Pineda's injury as "right shoulder tendinitis." Now it is listed as "right rotator cuff tendinitis."


In any case, it is becoming obvious that Pineda, who the Yankees were counting on to hold down a regular spot in their rotation, is not close to returning to action after what Girardi termed a "significant" setback.


"We thought we were going to get a power pitcher that pitched very well and we believed had a very huge upside," Girardi said. "Right now, we don't have him and right now I can't tell you when we're going to get him back. That part is disappointing."


Pineda was 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA for the weak-hitting Mariners in his rookie season, but his effectiveness fell off markedly in the second half of the season, when his ERA rose and his velocity declined after the All-Star break.


The Yankees had attributed his second-half decline to fatigue due to his workload -- Pineda threw 171 innings in 2011 -- but after showing up for spring training some 20 pounds overweight, he continued to have problems with his velocity. He lasted just 2 2/3 innings in his final preseason game, having allowed six runs and seven hits to the Phillies on March 30.


An examination the next day revealed shoulder tendinitis but no structural damage, and Pineda's prescribed course of treatment was rest, until his abortive attempt to pitch over the weekend.


"Coming out of the game was disturbing to me on Saturday," Girardi said. "How long has it been since he threw in that game in spring training; 3½ weeks? You assume if he was to make it back, it would have to be more time than that, because that amount of time off didn't help. We'll find out what's going on (Wednesday), and hopefully it's good news."

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MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Chris Narveson will have surgery on the torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder and miss the rest of the season, he said Tuesday.

"I'll be ready for next year," he said before the team's game with the Houston Astros. "It's six to nine months."

He made the decision to have surgery after receiving a second opinion from specialist Lewis Yocum, who confirmed the diagnosis of the team physician.

Narveson's last start was April 15 at Atlanta, and he was placed on the 15-day disabled list five days later, retroactive to April 16.

"You know it's going to be strong, and as long as it heals right and it doesn't re-tear during the rehab process, you should be good," Narveson said. "(Yocum) was very optimistic."

Narveson has been the team's fifth starter the past two seasons and was 1-1 with a 7.00 ERA in two games this year. In 2011, he finished 11-8 with a 4.45 ERA in 28 starts and is 26-18 with a 4.67 ERA in five Major League seasons.

Narveson said he was told he could try to rehabilitate the shoulder, but there was a risk of a further tear. He said he preferred surgery "and be 100 percent than to flip a coin."

"It's all about your outlook," Narveson said. "You have to be positive. You know it's going to be long, you know it's going to be grueling. You know there's going to be days where it aches and it hurts. But a lot of times the reward comes later on when you get back on the mound."

Righty Marco Estrada has replaced Narveson in the rotation and started Saturday against the Rockies, striking out nine and giving up two hits in five innings but didn't get a decision.

The Brewers also announced the reinstatement of right-handed reliever Kameron Loe from the bereavement list on Tuesday. Loe was placed on the list Saturday after the death of his grandfather. Righty Wily Peralta, the team's top pitching prospect, was optioned to Triple-A Nashville Monday night.

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Pitcher Dontrelle Willis is filing a grievance against the Baltimore Orioles, alleging the club placed him on the restricted list and is preventing him from signing with another organization even though he left the Orioles' Triple-A affiliate with the consent of a team official.


Willis received permission from Tripp Norton, Baltimore's director of baseball administration, before leaving the Norfolk Tides last Wednesday, said agent Matt Sosnick.


Dan Duquette, Baltimore's executive vice president of baseball operations, didn't immediately respond to a phone call or email. But Duquette told CBSSports.com on Monday that Willis left Norfolk without the organization's permission. Duquette added that the Orioles would welcome Willis' return and think he can be a successful reliever in the big leagues.


As long as Willis remains on the restricted list, he can't sign with another club without Baltimore receiving compensation. Sosnick said Duquette has not returned his phone calls, and that the Orioles are holding Willis "hostage" by refusing to discuss the matter.


"Dan has said nobody gave Dontrelle permission," Sosnick told ESPN.com. "Dan knows that's not true. I can't imagine making this kind of deal over something so trivial. We're talking about a minor league player that Baltimore has relatively no financial investment in whatsoever. It's the dumbest thing ever and a waste of everybody's time. Dan has had a thousand chances to ratchet this down a notch, and all he's done is ratchet it up."


Willis, 30, is 72-69 with a 4.17 ERA in parts of nine major league seasons. After capturing the Rookie of the Year award with Florida in 2003 and winning 22 games in 2005, he went to Detroit with Miguel Cabrera as part of an eight-player trade in December 2007. Willis has since struggled with injuries, anxiety-related issues and a decline in velocity, and he's had limited success in stops with Arizona, San Francisco and Cincinnati.


Willis signed with Baltimore in late March after being released by the Philadelphia Phillies late in spring training. The Orioles said they planned to use Willis out of the bullpen, and the pitcher appeared to be on board with the idea. But Willis later had second thoughts because his arm wasn't responding well to relieving and he did not feel comfortable in the role. He expressed a desire to start in a conversation with Norton last week.


"Tripp told Dontrelle, 'If Dan isn't open to him starting, of course we'll give him his release. We don't want a player doing something he doesn't want to do,' " Sosnick said. "I've known Tripp Norton for 15 years and had good, direct, honest dealings with him time after time. I'm disappointed for Tripp that he's been placed in the middle of this."


Willis went home after meeting with Duquette, Norfolk manager Ron Johnson and pitching coach Mike Griffin and failing to reach agreement with the Orioles over whether he would start or relieve for the Tides. Willis told MASNSports.com that he was "dumbfounded" when the Orioles placed him on the restricted list, because he thought he had clearance to leave Norfolk.


"I thought it was a mutual parting of ways," Willis said. "It's one of those things where, if he had told me he was putting me on the restricted list, I wouldn't have left. I didn't grab my book bag and run out of the class. I'm almost dumbfounded. I'm not even upset. I don't know if it's personal because I don't know Dan."


According to Baseball-reference.com, "A team can request that a player be placed on the restricted list if that player has left the team without a valid reason, or has announced his intention to retire but is still of an age or level of skill that could allow him to return to professional baseball in the future. In effect, the team states that it retains rights to the player if and when he becomes active again."


Several players with legal or off-field issues have been placed on the restricted list in recent months. The Cleveland Indians placed pitcher Roberto Hernandez (aka Fausto Carmona) on the list in January after he was arrested on charges of using a false identity. The Tampa Bay Rays did the same with minor league pitcher Matt Bush after he was charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident in March.


Sosnick denied speculation that Willis has received interest from a club in Japan or Korea. He said he would be happy to reach a financial accommodation with the Orioles should Willis pursue opportunities in Asia.


"I have not been contacted by any Asian team about Dontrelle," Sosnick said. "But I know that Dan has closer ties to Korea than I do, so maybe he knows something that I don't know."

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Nobody wants Dontrelle. He's done.

Pineda might turn out to be Ken Phelps.

Edit: Pineda IS KEN PHELPS (or maybe Carl Pavano?): http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/baseball/mlb/04/25/yankees-pineda.ap/index.html?sct=hp_t2_a8&eref=sihp

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HBF wrote: Nobody wants Dontrelle. He's done.

Pineda might turn out to be Ken Phelps.

Edit: Pineda IS KEN PHELPS (or maybe Carl Pavano?): http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/baseball/mlb/04/25/yankees-pineda.ap/index.html?sct=hp_t2_a8&eref=sihp

Fuck.  Hadn't even heard this was a possibility before, maybe I just wasn't following it closely enough.  Well this pitching staff isn't good enough to win it all, even if Kuroda pitches more like he did last night and on Opening Day and less like he pitched the other 3 times, so they're going to have to get someone big in July.



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CC-will be fine
Kuroda-will be fine
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Andy-will be fine
5th slot? I'd try Phelps there and put Hughes in the BP. Hughes sucks. I'll admit it. It's funny but the only guy that made it is the guy who got away (Kennedy).

I'm still down on Banuelos and Bettances. They have awful control. Try Phelps and see what happens. And cut Freddy.

Pineda was never 100% coming into camp. I'm starting to think they sold damaged goods.

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Are The Rays now the team to beat in the A.L. East?



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clawmaster wrote:
Are The Rays now the team to beat in the A.L. East?


The Yankees offense is much better than TB's and their pitching will get better. However, TB finds a way to win and their pitching is rock solid top-notch. The Yankees could easily win the East, but the Rays at the moment are better constructed for a playoff matchup with those starters, IMO.



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