Sunday, April 01, 2007
Mid-Day Roster Notes
- Rafael Furcal (sprained ankle), Hong-Chih Kuo (sore shoulder), Yhency Brazoban (Tommy John surgery), and Jason Repko have all been placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to March 23.
- Travis Buck will be the A's starting right fielder on opening day, part of a string of spring surprises for the A's. One of four unexpected players to make the 25-man roster in Oakland, Buck had never played above AA, reliever Jay Marshall has never played above single-A, Todd Walker was released by the Padres, and Lenny DiNardo was waived by the Red Sox in February. Marshall is a 24-year-old submariner taken from the White Sox in the Rule 5 draft. Walker, previously a second baseman who had been working out at first in spring with the Padres, got a bench job with the A's at the expense of former Dodger Antonio Perez, who was DFA'd despite a solid spring. DiNardo is likely to return to AAA Sacramento once Loiaza is reactivated.
- The Mariners have finalized their 25-man roster, trading LHP Travis Blackley for outfielder Jason Ellison. Lookout Landing analysis: a good glove in center whose bat would otherwise put him in the "offensive gaping hole" category.
Other moves for the M's of note: Nomar's brother, Michael Garciaparra, was designated for assignment, removing an essentially sub-par player from the 40-man only four months after he was placed on it. Rey Ordonez and his weak bat were reassigned to minor league camp; former Angel LHP Jake Woods was optioned to AAA Tacoma. Arthur Rhodes was activated from the 60-day DL.
- Starter Brian Lawrence and reliever (and former Dodger) Tom Martin have been placed on the 15-day DL by the Rockies.
- The Padres have signed 1B Adrian Gonzalez to a $9.5M, 4-year deal, buying out all his arbitration years.
- Update: It seems the Daily News decided to spruce up their baseball-related blogs (at least) and their Angel blog, Halo Happenings, looks really nifty and has been getting a good bit more attention than it used to. Good. I've changed the sidebar links to reflect the new URL for that and Tony Jackson's Inside The Dodgers, which Jon praised the other day for his quickness to publish information as it becomes available.
Doug Padilla reports that Brandon Wood was thisclose to making the team; he'll likely be the next callup should anything happen to an Angel infielder. One thing that has intrigued me about Wood is that he's appeared in at least three different numbers this spring, 3, 32, and yesterday, 6. Is it a bit of psychology to keep him focused on the road ahead? That is, Cal League homers are nice 'n all, but you've still got some work to do, kid. Don't count on anything.