Orlando Cabrera, after making two defensive mistakes yesterday:
I suck. I don’t even know how to describe it. I suck. For real. I’m
getting old, maybe. Maybe a day off is what I need. I’ll take it if
there’s a spot they want me to do that.
Normally I’d say that Cabrera is being overly hard on himself, but
that’s a tough argument to make for someone who’s hitting
.234/.285/.295 with 11 errors and an Ultimate Zone Rating of -5.2 runs
in 65 games.
And yes, maybe he is just getting old. Not many shortstops have
remained Gold Glove-caliber defenders in their mid-30s and he’ll be 35
years old in November. Luckily he has hugs from Jason Giambi to lighten
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: