Sunday, July 16, 2006
Eddie Fisher CAL b. 1936, played 1969-1972, All-Star: 1965. He learned the knuckleball from Hall of Famer Hoyt Wilhelm and rode it to an All-Star appearance. As is typical of butterfly pitchers, he led AL pitchers in relief appearances that year; the floater just doesn't tax your arm.
John Purdin LAN b. 1942, played 1964-1965, 1968-1969
Don Ross BRO b. 1914, played 1940, d. 1996-04-04
Norm Sherry LAN b. 1931, played 1959-1962
Tommy Tatum BRO b. 1919, played 1941, 1947, d. 1989-11-07
New Minor League Splits DatabaseThanks to Marc Normandin for pointing out Jeff Sackmann's new minor league splits database. I'll change the sidebar links presently.
- Darin Erstad is finally using the "S" word — surgery — regarding his ankle. Any surgery would mark an end to his Angels career.
- Howie Kendrick won't be playing third base anytime soon, not unless the Angels are desperate to get his bat into the lineup. They're not even desperate enough to give Adam Kennedy a day off...
- Brendan Donnelly's neck pains are over.
- Jered Weaver's reported biceps tendinitis problems have now migrated to his shoulder.
"We're being a bit overcautious for good reason," Manager Mike Scioscia said of Weaver, who is not expected to go on the disabled list. "We see the talent he has, it's going to be a long season for him, and we want him to be as effective in August and September as he is now. ...Weaver is expected to make his start next weekend.
"The strength in the shoulder is fine. The inflammation is subsiding. But he's not at a level where he can pitch yet. A half-step back now could benefit him."
Update: The Register says Dr. Lewis Yocum diagnosed him with biceps tendinitis.
- Ervin Santana's thinking he might win 20 this year. Santana has had only one no-decision in his seven game winning streak.