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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Braves - DLed Chipper, Demoted Devine

Atlanta Braves - Placed 3B Chipper Jones on the 15-day DL; optioned P Joey Devine to Richmond; purchased the contract of P Peter Moylan

Chipper initially thought he had torn his ACL again, which amazingly would only be the second earliest in a season he’s torn it.  Luckily, the word is that it’s just a sprain and since we’re not talking about the Cubs, I’ll choose to believe the team for now.  Stubbornly insisting that Wilson Betemit is a backup player helps the Braves here as he’ll fill in adequately at 3rd for a few weeks, provided that it’s not a long-term issue.

Seeing Peter Moylan is quite a surprise.  As far as I can tell, his sole qualification is that he pitched well against Venezuela (thus making him deadly against a team run by Omar Minaya?).  Moylan’s last foray into American professional baseball was nearly a decade ago with the Twins.  Prior to the 4 innings he’s pitched for Richmond this year, of course.  If Moylan succeeds, it’ll be the story of the year, but if you have to pick someone to be this year’s recipient of the Lino Urdaneta Award (finishing their career with an undefined ERA), the wild sidearming Aussie is as good a pick as any.

Dan Szymborski Posted: April 11, 2006 at 10:58 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: April 11, 2006 at 11:50 PM (#1956605)
a sidearmer in the mid-90's will still be interesting.
   2. Mike Emeigh Posted: April 12, 2006 at 12:00 AM (#1956622)
The Braves also recalled INF Tony Pena Jr. - good field, no hit.

-- MWE
   3. The Original SJ Posted: April 12, 2006 at 01:28 AM (#1956774)

I thought Dan was dead
   4. Russ Posted: April 12, 2006 at 02:49 AM (#1956850)
The Braves also recalled INF Tony Pena Jr. - good field, no hit.

I guess we know where he got that from. (Note: I know his dad was actually a decent hitter for a catcher in a crappy offensive era, but it's just funny because I always thought his dad was good field, no hit until I learned about ERA+).
   5. Gaylord Perry the Platypus (oi!) Posted: April 12, 2006 at 03:09 AM (#1956863)
I think Tony Pena Jr will probably have a long career in baseball, but not as a player. I've seen him a number of times in the minors, and he's very disciplined in the field. Every single play, he's where he should be. He's a coach in the making. He can't hit at all, though.

It's too bad. If rosters were still constructed like they were in the 70s (10 man staffs, so two more bench spots), he would have had plenty of work as the defensive replacement utility guy. Remember all those baseball cards with the position "2B/SS"? That would have been him.
   6. Jorge Luis Bourjos (Walewander) Posted: April 13, 2006 at 01:17 AM (#1959227)
It's odd seeing the 80s defined as a "crappy offensive era." statistically, I think its about norma,. Or its probably that it seems normal cause that's the ball I grew up with, 84-94.

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