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Monday, May 14, 2001
May 11, 2001
Learn from the wisdom of the Transaction Oracle.
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).
||I?d say that losing your backup catcher right after losing
your starting catcher is especially bad luck.? Well, I would, that is, if
the backup catcher wasn?t Jorge Fabregas, whose only accomplishment in his
professional career is taking Colangelo to the cleaners in a hilarious arbitration
caper in which Fabregas was asking for $1.4 million, lost his case, only
to have Colangelo give him a 2-year contract for $2.9 million (if I?m remembering
the story accurately).
Placed P Kevin Millwood on the 15-day DL with an inflamed right shoulder.
||The Braves have had a hard time of it this season and even
though Millwood has long since lost his 1999 form, this still is another
blow to the Braves.? Unless I missed something, no MLB team with a full
season of Rico Brogna has ever had a winning record, so this was probably
just fate intervening due to the awesome power of Reeko.
Activated P Sidney Ponson from the 15-day DL; optioned OF Eugene Kingsale to
||The Orioles did absolutely nothing with the roster
spot since Ponson was placed on the 15-day DL, choosing to use the spot
on a number of guys that never actually got to play.? After all, when you?re
a bad team after playing a third of your games against a Chuck LaMar
team, you have to declare the season a loss and see if Chuck McElroy is
that young pitching star for the next 10 years.
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.
||It?s hard to tell how Valentin will play (I?ll take a wild
guess and suggest that 1995 performance is probably out), but he has to
be an improvement on the way Grebeck?s been playing.? This helps Mike Lansing
most of all.
[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).
||Getting Smith back is a big boost to the Marlins if his shoulder
is healed.?? Smith in 2000 probably had one of the most obscure great performances
by a rookie in MLB history, with an ERA of 3.23 in 19 starts.? Ankiel got
all the accolades, but Smith and Brian Tollberg of the Padres were big contributors
in 2000.? Grilli had a 6.31 ERA when he was sent down, but that was mostly
due to getting killed in Arizona a couple of starts ago.
Activated P A.J. Burnett from the 15-day DL; optioned
P Joe Strong to Calgary (AAA).
||Hopefully Burnett can finally pick up his career where it
left off before a thumb injury ruined his 2000 season.? Burnett had been
on the DL for a broken foot from spring training.
Removed IF Charlie Hayes from the restricted list; optioned IF Keith Ginter
to New Orleans (AAA).
||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).
||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
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
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.
San Diego Padres
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).
||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.
||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
St. Louis Cardinals
Activated P Jason Christiansen from the 15-day DL;
optioned P Jason Karnuth to Memphis (AAA).
||Expected move here.
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
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).
||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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