Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Curt And Manny, Not In A Tree, Not K-I-S-S-I-N-GIn the Now It Can Be Told Dep't, Curt Schilling reveals he had a physical altercation with Manny Ramirez in 2005:
"We were in Tampa a couple of years back and it was the night Trot [Nixon] got hurt and we had an off day the next day and Manny was scheduled to have the day off that night, and Trot couldn't play.By the way, the Red Sox won 4-1 that July 27. Waah. I generally like Curt Schilling but there are times when he comes off as a thoughtless loudmouth (his politics are especially toxic), and this is one of those times.
"Manny was supposed to have an off day and he was asked to fill in for Trot because we had nobody to play and he didn't and we were in the clubhouse and it was David [Ortiz] and Manny and I and Ino [Guerrero] and the [Seth McClung] was pitching, and he was one of those guys who threw 96 miles per hour and no one could ever figure out why he wasn't better than he was and against us he'd always go out the first three innings and look like Cy Young. Of course this night he's looking like Cy Young, he punched out five or six guys in the first three innings and David looks at me and says 'Why in the hell does this guy turn into Cy Young against us?' and I said 'Hey, it just makes Manny look that much smarter, he ain't stupid, he knows what days to take off,' and Manny took offense to that and ... there was something that had to be broken up and the next day I saw Manny and it was as if the previous day never happened. One of the beautiful things about Manny."
- Maicer Izturis' thumb injury is only a sprain and not a tear.
- The Orioles will keep starting center fielder Adam Jones out of the lineup for the remainder of the Angels series.
- The O's have purchased the contract of LHP Chris Waters from AAA Norfolk. "Waters, 27, is 3-6 with a 5.70ERA in 18 games (16 starts) for the Tides after going 5-0 with a 1.69 ERA in six starts for Double-A Bowie." Baltimore optioned INF Brandon Fahey back to AAA to make room.
- Oakland third baseman Eric Chavez will have season-ending shoulder surgery. It's the second shoulder surgery he's had in the last year.
- The Angels may get to see Old Friend Brendan Donnelly during the upcoming Cleveland series, as his minor league stint is going well and the Tribe has few other options. Also, starting catcher Victor Martinez is on the mend and may be available for that series (Aug. 15-17). Midseason acquisition Anthony Reyes might also be on the mound for Cleveland, having been acquired in one of the trade season's lower-profile deals.
- Seattle isn't going to immediately convert Brandon Morrow to starting in a triple-A stint as has been reported earlier. Crazy.
- David Ortiz felt a "click" in his surgically repaired wrist during an at-bat last night.
- Rotoworld reports Joba Chamberlain will undergo an MRI on his shoulder after giving up five runs in yesterday's Texas contest.
- The Rockies purchased the contract of RHP Steve Register from AAA Colorado Springs, where he was 5-2 with 16 saves and a 3.28 ERA in 48 games.
- Update: Andy LaRoche injured his right thumb in yesterday's Pirates game, the same one that was hurt in the spring training injury. X-rays showed no fracture. Hat tip to commenter Ken Noe in comment 70 of today's DT thread.
- Update 2: The Cubs designated Scott Eyre for assignment in order to make room for returning closer Kerry Wood. The 36-year-old Eyre had a 7.15 ERA and a 2-0 record; Neil Cotts had taken over in the LOOGY role.
Belated: Skip Caray, Braves Broadcaster, Passes At 68I didn't get to hear much of him, but I always liked his son Chip when he was in the Cubs' booth.
Quotable MannyIn today's Register from a piece originated by Tony Jackson and the Daily News, but I can't find a link for it ...
Ramirez said he knew immediately he was going to like his new surroundings.
"We went out to dinner," he said. "After a game in Boston, you can't do that. You leave the ballpark and you go home. Here, you can go out in public an nobody bothers you. There were a few people who recognized me and said hello, but that was it."
And if he had gone to dinner after a game in Boston?
"Let's just leave it at that," he said.