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Wednesday, September 04, 2019

After four years and a gruesome injury, Nationals reliever Aaron Barrett is returning to the majors

Aaron Barrett said six months ago that his would be “an amazing comeback story.” The Washington Nationals right-handed reliever has endured the hardest parts of an unbelievable rehab, including one of the most gruesome injuries possible for a pitcher. He spent two years out of baseball. He spent the next two in the minor leagues, clawing back to the place he had dreamed of as a kid, the place he had once been. And then, on Tuesday, Barrett again became everything he said he would be.

The Nationals called, bringing him back to the major leagues. The team has not announced the transaction and there is not yet an official corresponding 40-man roster move, but it could be righty Austen Williams to the 60-day injured list. When it is official, it will be Barrett’s first trip to the majors since 2015, a culmination of years of work as well as the fruition of a plan built specifically for him by the Nationals this season.

“The totality of the year that he had, his body of work, certainly warranted for this opportunity,” said Doug Harris, the Nationals’ assistant general manager and vice president of player personnel. “We methodically [built him up] throughout the course of the year where we put him in a position to be considered for this.”

Barrett, 31, got the news Tuesday afternoon, when the Class AA Harrisburg Senators held a ceremony on a tarped-over pitcher’s mound before a team workout. Manager Matt LeCroy spoke. He had coached Barrett in 2013, when Barrett was the Senators’ closer, and he had watched as the pitcher went from rising star to broken man to relentless returner.

Best wishes to him on his comeback.

 

QLE Posted: September 04, 2019 at 12:21 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron barrett, comebacks

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Indians Plan to Activate Carlos Carrasco 3 Months After Leukemia Diagnosis

The Cleveland Indians are expecting to receive a boost Sunday when pitcher Carlos Carrasco makes his return after being diagnosed with leukemia in May.

Indians manager Terry Francona told MLB Network Radio that Carrasco will be activated Sept. 1 “if all goes well” during his bullpen session Thursday.

Francona added the Indians intend to use Carrasco out of the bullpen for the rest of this season.

Carrasco announced in July he had been diagnosed with leukemia after doctors noted abnormal blood test results when he underwent a physical during spring training.

 

QLE Posted: August 29, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos carrasco, comebacks, indians

Saturday, May 04, 2019

MLB roundup: Giants dig out of 8-0 hole to beat Reds

Evan Longoria belted a homer to lead off the 11th inning, and the visiting San Francisco Giants overcame an eight-run deficit to post a 12-11 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday.

After striking out a pair of batters in a scoreless 10th inning, Jared Hughes (2-1) saw his 0-1 slider to Longoria deposited just inside the left field foul pole to begin the 11th.

The blast capped San Francisco’s comeback from an 8-0 deficit, highlighted by Stephen Vogt’s game-tying homer off closer Raisel Iglesias with two outs in the ninth inning.

Joe Panik launched a two-run homer, and Steven Duggar and Brandon Belt each had a two-run single for the Giants, who overcame a pair of three-run homers by Derek Dietrich to snap a seven-game losing streak in Cincinnati.

The last time the Giants came back from such a deficit? 1989- also against the Reds.

Something to make fans of both teams feel better: The Giants reached the World Series that year, and the Reds won the World Series the year afterwards.

 

QLE Posted: May 04, 2019 at 04:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: comebacks, giants, reds

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

No surprise here: Giants legend Barry Bonds can still rake at the age of 54

Barry Bonds continues to be like a fine wine. At the age of 54, he’s still got it.

John Shea of The San Francisco Chronicle recently witnessed a show put on by Major League Baseball’s all-time home run leader.

Bonds was in street clothes smacking ball after ball with a “whack” noise that Shea said was synonymous with the former Giants slugger.

Bonds was asking Giants’ longtime batting practice pitcher, John Yandle, to bring the heat, and even bring some specialty pitches into the mix with adding “more spin to the breaking balls.”

At the rate things are going for the Giants, why not give him a try?

 

QLE Posted: April 30, 2019 at 04:16 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, comebacks

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Carlos Zambrano launches the most unlikely comeback

Carlos Zambrano, a longtime starter primarily with the Cubs who hasn’t appeared in a game since 2012, is edging his way back to the game, transitioning into a reliever and beginning a comeback with the independent Chicago Dogs.

Quite a long shot comeback for sure, but I would be excited if he could somehow make his way back to the bigs.

 

Red Voodooin Posted: April 17, 2019 at 07:00 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: comebacks, cubs

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Dustin Pedroia activated, in lineup for Red Sox home opener

After nearly a year in the wilderness, Dustin Pedroia is back. The Red Sox have activated their second baseman. He is hitting seventh and playing second base in today’s home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays

Something for those of us interested in comebacks to watch.

 

QLE Posted: April 10, 2019 at 07:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: comebacks, dustin pedroia

 

 

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