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Wednesday, July 29, 2009
- For now, the Dodgers will stick with Jason Schmidt in the rotation, i.e. he will start Friday.
- Coming off a three game sweep of the Pirates today, the Giants announced they have traded for Pirates 2B Freddy Sanchez. Sanchez did not appear in the series due to a sore knee, a problem that nearly torpedoed the deal, but San Francisco went ahead with it anyway, sending minor league RHP Tim Alderson to Pittsburgh. Sanchez won a batting title in 2006 with the Pirates, and is hitting .296/.334/.442 in 382 plate appearances. Alderson is holding his own as a 20-year-old in AA Connecticut in the Eastern League, with a 6-1 record in 13 starts and a 3.47 ERA, an impressive achievement for someone so young; there are 20-year-olds who are playing for low-A teams. Baseball Prospectus rated Alderson the 60th best prospect in baseball prior to the season, and among the Giants top 11 prospects. It's a puzzling choice from that standpoint, but maybe his middling K/9 rates have something to do with it. On the other hand, the Giants have been rushing him a bit.
- Giants starter Randy Johnson has a torn rotator cuff, and Fangraph's Matthew Carruth believes it is possible Johnson is done, but he may try — despite already owning 300 wins — to come back to partake in a championship team one last time.
- Update: On the heels of my observation about Dusty Baker's misguided love of Corey Patterson, now I see that the Nationals have released him. Patterson spent most of his time in AAA Syracuse, and hit .133 in 15 plate appearances with the big league club.