This week’s proposed trade of Mike
Lowell and cash to the Rangers for catcher Max Ramirez currently stands
in transaction limbo. Why? Blame Lowell’s right thumb.
The Rangers are reportedly satisfied
with the status of Lowell’s right hip, but they are reviewing an injury
to Lowell’s thumb that hampered him over the final weeks of the ’09
“There are still things to go over,” Red Sox assistant general manager Ben Cherington said yesterday. “It would not be a complete surprise if it didn’t happen.”
Terry Francona hasn’t yet spoken to
Lowell since the trade was agreed to in principle, but it would be
pretty darn awkward if this one fell through.
Cubs starter Jake Arrieta has been out over two weeks with a strained right hamstring, but he’s ready to return to action. The right-hander threw a bullpen on Tuesday and it went well, so he will start in Thursday’s series opener against the Brewers in Milwaukee, MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat reports.
Arrieta, 31, returns with a 14-9 record, a 3.48 ERA, and a 157/53 K/BB ratio in 160 1/3 innings. If he stays on schedule, he’ll make three starts through the end of the regular season, including the regular season finale on October 1 against the Reds.
Arrieta is expected to max out at 75-80 pitches on Thursday and will ramp up through the end of the month.
The Cardinals announced ahead of Tuesday’s series opener against the Reds that pitcher Adam Wainwright has been activated from the 10-day disabled list.
Wainwright, 36, has been absent since mid-August due to a right elbow impingement. The Cardinals plan to use him out of the bullpen through the end of the season. Prior to the injury, the right-hander posted a disappointing 5.12 ERA with a 96/44 K/BB ratio in 121 1/3 innings.
Wainwright is under contract for one more year at $19.5 million before becoming eligible for free agency.