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.
Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports that Mets second baseman Neil Walker is expected to undergo season-ending surgery to fix a herniated disk in his lower back. Walker has avoided the disabled list but hasn’t played since last Saturday and has only two starts since August 22.
If Walker does indeed go under the knife, he’ll end his first season with the Mets with a terrific .282/.347/.476 triple-slash line with 23 home runs and 55 RBI in 458 plate appearances. While the Mets couldn’t have foreseen Daniel Murphy having such a terrific season, Walker was more than adequate in Murphy’s shoes at second base.
Kelly Johnson and Wilmer Flores have handled second base in Walker’s absence and will continue to do so through the remainder of the season.
Rockies 1B/OF Stephen Cardullo celebrated his 29th birthday on Wednesday, so the rookie decided to celebrate by homering in both games of his team’s doubleheader at home against the Dodgers.
In the first game, Cardullo pinch-hit for Chris Rusin in the seventh inning and drilled a solo home run off of Casey Fien. In the second game, Cardullo smacked a grand slam to left-center field off of Bud Norris in the first inning.
Cardullo made his major league debut this past Friday. He was hitless in his first five at-bats before singling as a pinch-hitter on Monday.