Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Pickoff Moves, Lunchtime Edition
- Scott Proctor won't return until Sep. 1 callups. His rehab stint was shut down earlier when he felt soreness in his elbow.
- Giants starter Tim Lincecum took a line drive off his right knee in last night game and left afterwards. Subsequent x-rays showed only a bone bruise.
- Tampa Bay's starting centerfielder Carl Crawford will have possibly season-ending surgery to repair his right hand.
"If every single thing went extremely well I'd say that there is a chance he could play in a regular-season game," Friedman told reporters Tuesday in Oakland, Calif., where the Rays are in the middle of a 10-game trip. "There's just such a small window that I wouldn't say it's likely, but there is definitely a chance."
- The Red Sox placed Mike Lowell on the 15-day DL with an oblique injury incurred in last night's slugfest.
- Update: Ken Rosenthal reports Raul Ibanez and Jarrod Washburn have been claimed on waivers. No clue as to whom the "lucky" claimants might be, but they have until 1:30 PM EDT Thursday to get a deal done. Washburn has $9.85M left on his current deal for this year, and has $10.35M due next year. Ibanez is in the final year of his deal, and is owed the pro-rated portion of his very reasonable $5.5M salary.
- Update 2: Rotoworld reports the Padres have claimed Brian Falkenborg off outright waivers from the Dodgers. Also via dodgers.com.
- The Mariners placed Jose Vidro on irrevocable waivers with the intention of releasing him. Vidro was DFA'd on August 5 to make room for the callup of OF Wladimir Balentien.
Improbable Stories From Jeff PassanJeff Passan lists the top 25 least probable stories in baseball this year:
17. Russell Martin, C, Los Angeles Dodgers: Canadian. Oh, and quickly parlayed a year at Chipola College in Florida into a flyer 17th-round pick by the Dodgers, who converted Martin from third base to catcher and watched him blossom into an on-base machine and great clubhouse leader.Of course number one is and has to be Josh Hamilton. Via David Pinto.
13. Tim Lincecum, SP, San Francisco Giants: Taught by his father to throw 98 mph despite standing 5-foot-10, weighing 150 pounds and looking, at times, like a UNICEF case. Among the five best pitchers in baseball. [Incidentally, if you missed the excellent Tom Verducci piece on Lincecum, you really should read it; he's got an amazing story, and quite the iconoclast father. -- RLM]
12. Torii Hunter, OF, Los Angeles Angels: Grew up in Pine Bluff, Ark., surrounded by gangbangers. Drug-addicted father nearly ruined career when cops found dad's used crackpipe in Hunter's car. Friend and mentor Basil Shabazz, a Cardinals prospect, got arrested — charges were later dismissed — and his career ended. Hunter signed for $90 million with the Angels this offseason.
10. Shane Loux, RP, Los Angeles Angels: While giving lessons at a Phoenix academy, Loux, a former cup-of-coffee major leaguer, was spotted by the owner, who reached out to a scout friend. Now Loux is back in the big leagues at 29. Not quite Jim Morris, but close.
Wrong Simpsons CharacterFrom Joe Sheehan's chat:
Tim (DC): Kevin, of the prospects who were moved at the trading deadline, or since, who do you see as having a type of career to generate that "Doh!" moment from the GM?That's Flanders, not Homer...
Kevin Goldstein: Carlos Santana.