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Injuries A Plenty Around Baseball….

May 27, 2009

In the past 12 hours we have seen a rash of injuries to a bunch of great players. Let’s take a look at what is going on…

Jason Bartlett – Placed on the 15 Day DL with a sprained ankle. This awful news for the Rays who lose their glue in the middle of the infield. Not only do the Rays lose their glue guy on defense, but they lose a guy who just happened to be hitting .373 with 14 SB’s.

Potential Pickup– Ben Zobrist. Zobrist has played four games at 2nd and five games at SS. Zobrist is hitting .290/8/24/.392, so the Rays should look to get him in the lineup everyday at either 2nd or SS. Also keep an eye on Reid Brignac. Brignac was a top prospect for the Rays and should get plenty of playing time at SS.

Jose Reyes – Placed on the 15 Day DL with calf tendinitis. I am really not sure what took so long for this to happen. Reyes was hurt before the Giants series which was almost two weeks ago. Needless to say, the Mets handle injuries differently than any other organization. That wasn’t a compliment.

Potential Pickup – The Mets did acquire Wilson Valdez from the Indians, but he is not worth a pickup. Though he is not a SS, the Mets did call up Fernando Martinez, who is the Mets’ top prospect. He is only 20 years old, but keep an eye on him. He should get plenty of AB’s while playing RF now that Ryan Church is on the DL as well.

Carlos Quentin – Out at least till Monday with plantar fasciitis. There is a good chance that the White Sox will put Quentin on the DL

Potential Pickup – Right now the White Sox are using Scott Podsednik in LF in Quentin’s absence. If this was 2005, I would say pick up Podsednik. But it is not and he has little fantasy value. Podsednik’s value was he speed, but he is only has three SB’s in 21 games while being caught stealing three times. That is not a good percentage for those of you scoring at home.

Pablo Sandoval – Out till Friday with a bad elbow. A DL stint is possible if Sandoval doesn’t show improvement on Friday.

Potential Pickup – Juan Uribe. Scratch that, if you pick up Juan Uribe for your fantasy team, just hand in your money and call it a day

Matt Capps – Day to day with an elbow injury. Capps was hit on the right elbow by a frozen rope hit by Geovany Soto on Monday night. X-rays were negative but a DL stint may be likely.

Potential Pickup – John Grabow. Grabow would become the closer by default if Capps is out for an extended period of time. Grabow has a 4.71 ERA in 21 IP this year, so there should be no rush to pick him up.

Also, Hanley Ramirez and Ryan Braun left their games last night was injuries. Ramirez left with a groin injury and Braun left with a wrist injury after getting hit with a pitch. If these injuries become more serious, I will update this post.

I think it’s time for a little Vipers’ softball update. After struggling to score runs in our first five games, the Vipers exploded for 18 runs last night in an 18-4 victory. The key to coed softball is your girls have to hit and last night our girls were raking at the plate. The Vipers’ record is now 4-1.

Adam-O-Meter – 2/4 last night with 2 runs scored and a RBI. I also reached on an error. On the season, I am hitting .500/0/2 with 2 runs scored in 10 AB’s. I also had two errors at SS last night pushing my season total to three. Omar Vizquel I am not.

Rays Making Some Moves…

May 22, 2009

The Rays late this afternoon placed both Scott Kazmir and Troy Percival on the 15 Day DL. Kazmir was placed on the DL because of a right quadriceps strain and Percival because of right shoulder tendinitis.

I am a little skeptical of how severe Kazmir’s quadriceps injury really is. He might have a little pain in that area, but I think this is more of Kazmir getting some time get things back in order. Kazmir has been terrible this season. Kazmir is 4-4 with a 7.69 ERA and have given up a ridiculous 60 hits in 45.2 IP. Kazmir said he hurt his leg during the series at Boston a couple of weeks ago. Since that start in Boston, Kazmir has given up 18 hits and 14 runs in 7.2 IP. Those stats suggest that there was definitely something wrong with Kazmir. However, it doesn’t explain Kazmir’s 5.40 ERA in April.

Percival is headed to the DL

Percival is headed to the DL

As for Percival, it looks like his career might be over. Percival is 38 and there is only so much an arm can take. The Rays are a smart organization so they had to be prepared for the inevitable Percival injury. Last year when Percival went down, the Rays used the dreaded “bullpen by committee.” Since it worked out so well last year, the Rays will go with the same approach this year. I would imagine though Dan Wheeler will get the majority of the save opportunities.

To take their place, the Rays have called up SS Reid Brignac and RHP Dale Thayer. Brignac is currently #78 on Keith Law’s Top 100 Prospects in Baseball list. Thayer had a 0.93 ERA with 6 saves for Triple A Durham. Thayer might get a chance to close at the major league level, but he will be making his major league debut at 28 so he is not considered a top prospect.

To replace Kazmir in the rotation, all indications are the Rays will call up phenom David Price on Monday. Price is 1-4 with a 3.93 ERA for Triple A Durham this year. Perhaps Price can give the Rays the spark this team so desperately needs.

In order to make room for Price on Monday, the Rays will have to make another roster move.