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Monday, May 14, 2001
May 11, 2001
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Placed C Ben Molina on the 15-day DL with strained right hamstring; purchased the contract of C Jose Molina from Salt Lake of the PCL. Placed C Jorge Fabregas on the 15-day DL with an inflamed right elbow.? Called up C Jamie Burke from Salt Lake (AAA).
Placed P Kevin Millwood on the 15-day DL with an inflamed right shoulder.
Activated P Sidney Ponson from the 15-day DL; optioned OF Eugene Kingsale to Rochester (AAA).
Boston Red Sox
Activated 3B John Valentin from the 15-day DL; placed IF Craig Grebeck on the 15-day DL with left shoulder tendinitis.
[this space reserved for future John Valentin injury]
Placed P Brian Bohanon on the 15-day DL with an inflamed left elbow; recalled P Robert Averette from Colorado Springs.
Activated P Chuck Smith from the 15-day DL; optioned P Jason Grilli to Calgary (AAA).
Activated P A.J. Burnett from the 15-day DL; optioned P Joe Strong to Calgary (AAA).
|ORACLE SAYS:||Hayes was on the restricted list while he attended his mother?s funeral.? Tragedy aside, Hayes really doesn?t belong on a MLB roster anymore than Von or Rutherford do at this point.|
Placed 1B/DH David Ortiz on the 15-day DL with a fractured right wrist; recalled P Jack Cressend from Edmonton (AAA).
|ORACLE SAYS:||Big, big loss for the Twins.? Ortiz has been a big part of the offense in the Twins? fast start and he?s far more likely to keep up his hitting than Doug Mientkiewicz being Ted Williams (I expected a few seasons like .280/.400/.400 from Mientkiewicz eventually, but nothing like this).? Hopefully, the Twins won?t go nuts and sign Jose Canseco or trade all their prospects for Jeff Conine.|
Activated 1B John Jaha from the 15-day DL; optioned OF Eric Byrnes to Sacramento
Placed C Keith Osik on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring; purchased the contract of Don Wengert from Nashville (AAA); recalled OF Tike Redman from Nashville; optioned SS Jack Wilson to Nashville.
Osik?s not a big loss for the Pirates; they have Craig Wilson, a catcher who the Pirates like at first base better, around for the time being.? Hard to send a guy down when he?s hitting .444/.615/1.444.? Osik?s injury can only help Wilson, who is a different person than the middle infielder Craig Wilson.?
Wengert is almost certainly on the team just for the short-term.? Pirate fans can expect Wengert to generally pitch poorly and to win ugly.? Wengert?s first start with the Pirates is typical of what can be expected when the going is good:? 5 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, and 0 SO.
Jack Wilson?s demotion was only a matter of time.? Wilson?s not as bad as he was hitting (.155/.210/.241), but he really shouldn?t have been on the roster this year since he?s not a Burrell-type prospect by a long shot and hadn?t played above AA.? What?s really sad is that, knowing the Pirates, they probably didn?t send Wilson down for his wretched hitting but for making 3 errors in a game last week (which at the very least partially was due to his injured finger).
Tike Redman?s up in order to give Lloyd McClendon a better excuse for playing Derek Bell.? Redman had a hot 100 at-bats at AAA, but that?s the first time he?s ever hit at all in his professional career.
Activated OF Tony Gwynn and P Kevin Walker from the 15-day DL; optioned P Brian Lawrence to Portland (AAA); optioned P Jimmy Osting to Mobile (AA).
|ORACLE SAYS:||It?s sad to say, but the time may be here at which Tony Gwynn is a hindrance to the future of the Padres franchise.? The Padres aren?t likely to be contending as the season goes on and when Darr gets off the DL, you have Darr, Kotsay, Trammell, and Colangelo who all need playing time and all have a brighter future than Tony.?|
Agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension with OF Mark Kotsay.
|ORACLE SAYS:||Kotsay will now make just over 3 million dollars next year and close to 4 and a half in 2003.? He?s not the player that he was projected to be before his professional debut, but 3 million dollars doesn?t buy a lot.|
Activated P Jason Christiansen from the 15-day DL; optioned P Jason Karnuth to Memphis (AAA).
|ORACLE SAYS:||Expected move here.|
Released 3B Vinny Castilla; placed P Mike Judd on the 15-day DL with right shoulder soreness; optioned P Ryan Rupe to Durham (AAA); recalled Ps Ariel Prieto, Dan Wheeler, and Travis Phelps from Durham (AAA).
|ORACLE SAYS:||About time that the Rays released Castilla, who has been a whiny, oft-injured, no-hit, no-field, no-run expensive zero for the Devil Rays since the big three-way trade that took him away from the friendly confines of Planet Coors.? The pitching moves are just some shuffling that is unlikely to help or hurt the Devil Rays.? Giving Aubrey Huff the starting job is a decision that should?ve long been made and the release of Castilla practically forces McRae (who is worse than Rothschild can ever hope to be) to play Huff.|
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