Thursday, September 18, 2008
- Nomar Garciaparra may return to the lineup in only a few days after all; his knee injury isn't as bad as expected, and he was able to sleep through the night without pain.
- Hong-Chih Kuo played catch without pain today, and could throw from a mound on Friday.
- Howie Kendrick's hamstring still has him sidelined, and it's looking decreasingly likely that he'll make the postseason roster.
"If he's not playing in a Major League game by next Wednesday," Scioscia said, "then it's questionable [he'll be ready for the ALDS]. Right now, too many things can happen in another week that could change what his status is. We're optimistic he'll be with us."
- Ben Sheets left yesterday's Brewers/Cubs game after only two innings. At the time, the problem was supposed to be a tight groin, but Milwaukee later acknowledged there is a problem with his elbow.
- Erik Bedard has a torn labrum and a cyst in his pitching shoulder. It's entirely possible that the Mariners may allow him to walk after this season, especially if he requires surgery.
- Milton Bradley is sidelined with a wrist injury, and might be available as early as Friday to kick off the series against the Angels, though that's unlikely.
- Curt Schilling spouts off about Manny Ramirez:
Speaking on a Boston radio station Wednesday, Schilling said Ramirez's "level of disrespect to teammates and people was unfathomable."
"I was a teammate, a member of this family, and I saw it," Schilling said after acknowledging that he has been away from the team most of the season because of a shoulder injury. "And to me, it was always those guys, the guys who played a crucial role on teams that weren't the marquee players, are the ones that were disrespected the most."
"He was very kind, and well-mannered, but there were spurts and times when you didn't know who he was," Schilling said. "You know, he was always kind and nice for the most part, but he'd show up the next day and say, 'I'm through with this team, I want out now."
- The Mariners have shut down Jarrod Washburn for the balance of the season with a strained abdominal muscle.