* Grady Sizemore is hoping to come off the disabled list
tomorrow after choosing to skip a minor-league rehab assignment for his
injured left elbow. “My elbow feels good,” Sizemore said. “I haven’t
had any setbacks, but we’re only going to find out how it really is by
playing every day.”
* Thanks to Albert Pujols’ latest heroics, yesterday Tony La Russa became just the third manager in baseball history with 2,500 wins.
* Ryan Zimmerman went hitless
in 15 at-bats over the weekend and is now batting just .221/.329/.359
in 161 plate appearances since his 30-game hitting streak was snapped in mid-May.
* According to Torii Hunter, Matt Kemp has the potential to become a great defensive center fielder. According to Ultimate Zone Rating, Kemp is already a better defender than Hunter … and just about everyone else.
* Joe Morgan’s mind is still playing tricks on him.
The Nationals have acquired left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski and cash considerations from the A’s in exchange for minor league infielder Max Schrock.
Schrock is a 21-year-old second baseman who has been pretty darn impressive in A-ball this year, but the Nats can be excused for giving up promise in 2018 or whatever for some bullpen help come playoff time. Rzepczynski walks a few too many guys for my taste but he strikes ’em out at a pretty decent rate for a LOOGY and the Nats could use another southpaw reliever apart from Oliver Perez. This is especially true given how many tough lefty hitters they may face in the playoffs.
On the basic merits, sure, Rzepczynski for Schrock may look pretty dang good for the A’s in a few years. But this October the A’s will be watching on TV from home while the Nats will be trying to win it all, making the trade pretty darn understandable from their point of view.
Meanwhile, in Tulsa, Zach Welz of the visiting Arkansas Travelers made a spectacular catch. It was the catch Torii Hunter tried to make on that famous David Ortiz homer in the playoffs a few years back except Welz made it.
Watch as he topples over the wall to come up with the would-be dinger off the bat of Tulsa Drillers first baseman Cody Bellinger: