Monday, September 29, 2008
Random Bullety Stuff While Waiting Out The Chicago Rain Delay
- Looks like an oblique strain has sidelined Josh Beckett until ALDS Game 3. I heard about this on XM as I was tuning in to channel 175 (usually Charlie Steiner's Baseball Beat show), and thought for a second it was John Lackey. Whew.
An earlier report in the Boston Herald indicated Beckett might miss the ALDS altogether.
Q: Oblique injuries can be tricky. How confident are you Josh will pitch Game 3?
A: I don’t think we would slot him in. Now certainly, if it goes the wrong way, we’re going to use pretty good, hopefully very good, judgment. But I think that we’re slotting him in there because we think he can pitch there. I don’t think – Friday was actually discussed. I think after Theo [Epstein] and I and John Farrell talked about it more and more and more, we thought that was pushing it. Because then you’re messing around with maybe cutting short a side session. It’s not just health, but it’s competing also. He has to be able to go out there and execute his pitches. I think he’s going to be OK.
- The Pirates fired their pitching and first base coaches after tying the major league record for consecutive losing seasons with 16.
- Yankees closer Mariano Rivera is having shoulder surgery to remove calcification of his A.C. joint (whatever that is, the AP article don't say). The surgery is considered minor, and he should be on course to pitch in spring training.
- Ben Sheets is likely done for the year and may not make the Brewers' postseason roster.
“I’m going to be a cheerleader for a while,” Sheets said. “I ain’t got no choice. It doesn’t look good (to pitch again this year) but you never know. I won’t stop trying.”
- The White Sox' Jose Contreras won't be back until July or August next year at the earliest. He has a torn Achilles' tendon.