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Friday, May 06, 2005

Cardinals - Activated Pulse

St. Louis Cardinals - Activated P Bill Pulsipher from the 15-day DL; recalled P Brad Thompson; optioned P Carmen Cali and P Jimmy Journell to Memphis.

Do you know what my dream scenario is?  The Cardinals acquire Paul Wilson then Wilson, Pulsipher, and Isringhausen combine to throw a perfect game against the Phillies, after which Ed Wade fires his Senior Advisor, Dallas Green.  Too bad Paul Wilson sucks.

Pulsipher finally seems to be sort of healthy (this last one was a hammy rather than his usual arm trouble) and between Long Island and Tacoma, managed to pitch 127.2 innings last season.  That may not sound impressive, but that’s the 2nd most innings he’s been on the field since throwing 218.1 innings as a 21-year-old (that’s even worse than it sounds considering he was a bit wild). 

It’s nice to see him get back to the majors, but he’s just not a very good pitcher.

Thompson’s a good prospect and a groundball pitcher, so he should fare pretty well.  I have no idea how he’s pitched this season as MLBAM’s patented minor league record- keeping system (Damnatio Memoriae Teknology¬©) has already wiped clean any trace of Thompson’s existence.  Actually, I got a hold of someone from the team and Thompson had a 3.29 ERA, 1 HR, 7 BB, 11K in 13.2 innings for the Redbirds.

Dan Szymborski Posted: May 06, 2005 at 01:34 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Gromit45 Posted: May 06, 2005 at 02:15 PM (#1316309)
He got cuffed around a little yesterday.
(which my boy then asked, "He's in cuffs? Arrested?")
It would be cool to the Pulse do okay.
You can't help but semi-root for the guy.
   2. mbd1mbd1 Posted: May 06, 2005 at 02:24 PM (#1316331)
The Cards bullpen has regressed to 2003 form. Well, maybe not that bad, but relative to the performance of the starters.
   3. Adam B. Posted: May 06, 2005 at 02:51 PM (#1316392)
I'm just happy to see him in the majors, given what he's been through.
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 06, 2005 at 02:56 PM (#1316405)
They should trade him to the Yankees, because they don't have a Pulse.
   5. bob gee Posted: May 06, 2005 at 04:07 PM (#1316573)
go puls go!
   6. phredbird Posted: May 06, 2005 at 08:02 PM (#1317247)
they're sending journell down?

you'd think he gave up a game-winning home run to raul mondesi or something!

oh ... my bad.
   7. TDF didn't lie, he just didn't remember Posted: May 06, 2005 at 08:03 PM (#1317255)
Cardinals - Activated Pulse

Unfortunately, the Reds haven't yet.
   8. TOLAXOR Posted: May 07, 2005 at 01:09 AM (#1318524)


   9. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: May 07, 2005 at 04:42 AM (#1319108)
Good for the Cardinals. Pulses are very healthy. Everybody could do with more lentils in his diet.
   10. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: May 10, 2005 at 01:12 AM (#1324657)
You can still find Brad's #s through's search by player feature.
His control is normally an asset - I'm more worried about his iffy changeup and shoulder issues.
   11. Christi Chung Posted: May 10, 2005 at 07:04 PM (#1326484)
Pulse was just outrighted. I do not really know what "outright" means. Only thing I know is that he's no longer in the 40-man roster. But how is it different from designated for assignment? Does this mean he cleared the waiver?
   12. greenback is on a break Posted: May 11, 2005 at 01:24 AM (#1327699)
"Designated for assignment" means a player's in a temporary (ten days at most) holding area. Usually it means he'll be released, it just hasn't happened yet.

"Outright" means, as you say, the player's been kicked off the 40-man roster. And, yes, the player wasn't claimed off waivers, although I believe Pulsipher would've had the right to refuse any claim.

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