Tuesday, February 28, 2006
- Tim Salmon got three hits in today's intrasquad game.
"It was just an intrasquad game, but any time you can get in a game, that is good," Salmon said. "I'm encouraged by taking that step to get where I need to be."
- Dallas McPherson is suffering from dermatitis, a condition that normally afflicts babies.
"It was everywhere. And when I say everywhere, I mean everywhere," said McPherson, who added that he has been taking Ambien to help him sleep.
- John Lackey, scheduled to throw today, was a late scratch because of shoulder soreness. "I'm not concerned about it at all," Lackey said. "[The trainers] did a number of tests to be sure my strength was there."
- The Dodgers presumptiously named "future stars" of the MLB.com story had a good day at the plate in today's intrasquad scrimmage, with Andre Ethier, Joel Guzman, and Delwyn Young each hitting two-run bombs; Matt Kemp had three hits as well.
- A couple days old, but this Times article says Garret Anderson is off his anti-inflammatories, has lost 10-15 pounds, and "feels strong".
MLB Opens Youth Baseball Academy In ComptonIt's a good idea, but the equipment expense will probably always put baseball at a disadvantage over football, which schools fund willingly and universally, and basketball, which only needs a ball and a court. Arte and Frank both made the opening ceremonies.
Giants Sign Randy Winn To 3-Year, $23.25M ExtensionThe Giants signed Randy Winn to a 3-year, $23.25 million extension.
"I thought the ballclub was really energized and had a different look when we acquired him," said Giants general manager Brian Sabean. "To get a switch-hitter [who is] a leadoff hitter with a lot of dimensions -- power, speed -- [and] the ability to play the outfield as he does is really a godsend to the organization.Winn is 31 years old, and is signed through 2009.
Jim Bowden, FoolJim Bowden, on why the Nationals didn't put Brian Lawrence on an MRI before signing him:
"That's our bad," Robinson said. "We chose not to give him an MRI. The physicals should cover everything. . . . I would think that would be something to get our attention for the future, at least. Why not? [An MRI is] the only way you're going to be able to look at someone. But I don't make policy around here."
Bowden later said the team decided against an MRI, which can cost as much as $10,000, because Lawrence had been one of the most durable pitchers in baseball over the previous five years.
"It's too expensive to do MRIs on every single transaction," Bowden said. "In the case of Brian, he had made every start the last four or five years. We saw him throw a three-hit shutout. We were trading a player [Castilla] with bad knees. We thought there were MRI risks on both sides. [So] we made the decision not to."
Dermatitis just means inflammation of the skin. It's a generic medical term used for almost any kind of rash. While babies do get rashes very commonly, it is not at all rare in adults either. It is very often associated with allergic reactions or drug reactions. Although, there are reports of stress induced dermatitis as well. Maybe D-Mac is worried about his starting spot.
Maybe Garrett isn't getting old ... maybe he was just overweight. Maybe he can still hit 30 dingers in a season. Yeah, it'll be a lot easier to hit home runs when he weighs 15 pounds less. That's the ticket...
Nobody has suggested that GA will hit 30 HR because he lost weight, so the Anon's comment above is a mere strawman.
IF GA weighs less, maybe his health is better. Guy hit 17 HR last year in 142 games. Maybe a healthy GA hits 22 HR over 160 games.
There's no guarantee, of course, but one cannot dispute the fact that he has a better chance to succeed if he is healther and in better physical condition.
Don't tell me about how we should be doing MRIs when we lead the damn league in MRIs!