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Thursday, April 28, 2005

Relief Pitcher Injury Bonanza-Fest!

Lots of relievers are injured.

The biggest one is Armando Benitez since he’ll be out at least 4 months and the Giants don’t have an obvious replacement (read, good replacement) for him.  What’s especially unfortunate is that the pitcher who is the best option, Matt Herges, had an abysmal 2004 season that everyone remember and while he’ll be the early favorite, he’ll be on a very short leash.  After Herges, it’s wide open with Eyre and Fassero the most likely to pick us some saves.  Munter’s up for the time being for the sole reason that he’s the Fresno reliever who’s pitching well and whose name is more welcome than a Caroline in the City rerun (Brandon Villafuerte!  Stephen Randolph!  Brandon Puffer!)

Isringhausen is a bit luckier and should be out only the minimum of 15 days with sore stomach muscle.  Tavarez is the likely recipient of 3 or 4 saves the next few weeks.

Frankie Francisco is out for the season with Tommy John surgery.  Like we see all too often, mild discomfort took only a month to become major surgery.  We need to start genetically developing people that are made like G.I. Joes since they only had two typical operations that would come up - the stomach ligament replacement and the crotch gluer-upper and there was no rehab time.

Paul Shuey is out forever due to various injuries and called it quits.

Dan Szymborski Posted: April 28, 2005 at 03:13 AM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. rb's team is hopeful for the new year! Posted: April 28, 2005 at 03:33 AM (#1294601)
Does Dan KolBB count as injured, or just as crappy?
   2. Steve Treder Posted: April 28, 2005 at 03:47 AM (#1294619)
All these relievers wouldn't be getting hurt if they weren't being used in this short-stint usage pattern. ;-)
   3. Inquisitor Posted: April 28, 2005 at 03:51 AM (#1294625)
Chad Bradford is still recovering from back surgery he had in early March.
   4. WillYoung Posted: April 28, 2005 at 04:22 AM (#1294669)
You for Grant Balfour going under the knife
   5. Urban Faber Posted: April 28, 2005 at 04:24 AM (#1294672)
Don't forget Robb Nen and Bruce Sutter
   6. Old Matt Posted: April 28, 2005 at 04:27 AM (#1294677)
Enter Jesse Orosco.
   7. esseff Posted: April 28, 2005 at 04:32 AM (#1294681)
Whatever happened to the Shooter? Did he retire? I remember that he had something of a renaissance with the Padres when Hoffman was hurt.
   8. E., Hinske Posted: April 28, 2005 at 04:52 AM (#1294727)
My fantasy team has both Benitez and Garciaparra. So much for that money.
   9. chris p Posted: April 28, 2005 at 04:56 AM (#1294732)
My fantasy team has both Benitez and Garciaparra. So much for that money.

I bet a friend that the dodgers would win more games than the giants the week before bonds went down, and I bet soembody at work that nomar would hit less than 30 home runs. ... it's not like i needed help with either bet, and i cna't say i was happy to hear that either player got hurt.
   10. DCW3 Posted: April 28, 2005 at 06:34 AM (#1294864)
Frankie Francisco is out for the season with Tommy John surgery.

He's scheduled to begin a throwing regimen by September, starting out slowly with ottomans and then moving to Aerons, finally progressing his way up to chaise longues and La-Z-Boys.
   11. mr. man Posted: April 28, 2005 at 06:38 AM (#1294867)
Rumours have it that francisco is headed to Oakland, where Billy Beane will work with him on a long-toss program.
   12. Most Favored Haitian Status Posted: April 28, 2005 at 07:24 AM (#1294889)
DL Oracle.
   13. Sexy Lizard Posted: April 28, 2005 at 10:45 AM (#1294933)
I was going over the list of former University of North Carolina ballplayers who appeared in the majors and came to the conclusion that Paul Shuey is the greatest ever ex-Heel pitcher. He doesn't have much competition -- Hal Brown? Scott Bankhead? -- but it's still something of an honor. When he could actually make it out to the mound he was generally quite good. He had the sort of career a Rudy Seanez aspires to.

Surhoff and then Walt Weiss are the greatest ex-Tar Heel position players. And of course the immortal Dr. Moonlight Graham.
   14. RickG Posted: April 28, 2005 at 12:05 PM (#1294944)
Feels like the Chicago White Sox should be getting trade offers sometime soon. Sox have a couple guys who can close (Marte, Takatsu, Politte, Dustin Hermanson even).
   15. Greg Schuler Posted: April 28, 2005 at 12:37 PM (#1294956)
Free Joe Table! Oh wait, Vizquel plays for SF. Alright, scotch that, although it would be fun if the Pirates traded Mesa and Kip Wells to the Giants for say Jesse Foppert and Jason Ellison - it'd be just like old times.
   16. T.J. Posted: April 28, 2005 at 01:01 PM (#1294978)
And of course the immortal Dr. Moonlight Graham.

This may or may not interest you, depending on how well you know UNC's history, but Moonlight was the brother of UNC President Frank Porter Graham. I didn't realize Moonlight had also attended UNC until you posted it.

I met Mike Jerzembeck (another UNC player with very few career appearances) at a Sunday School function in Chapel Hill back when he was a fairly well regarded prospect in the Yankees organization.
   17. Devin has a deep burning passion for fuzzy socks Posted: April 28, 2005 at 01:35 PM (#1295031)
There was a bit in the NY Daily News the other day about Andy Phillips, talking about how he broke all of Dave Magadan's records at Alabama, and they quoted the coach as saying that Phillips was the greatest player to ever play there. Which is a bit odd, because Joe Sewell went there, and he's, you know, in the Hall of Fame! (That was brought up in the article, to give credit where it's due.)
   18. Sexy Lizard Posted: April 28, 2005 at 01:51 PM (#1295053)
T.J. -- Thanks, that definitely does interest me. Frank Porter Graham was a really interesting, dynamic man, and this adds a little bit to that.
   19. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: April 28, 2005 at 02:11 PM (#1295086)
" was going over the list of former University of North Carolina ballplayers who appeared in the majors and came to the conclusion that Paul Shuey is the greatest ever ex-Heel pitcher."
This might not be true for too much longer, if Miller and Bard have much to say about it.

"the crotch gluer-upper"
That sounds horrible.

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