If it wasn’t for bad luck Josh Hamilton wouldn’t have no luck at all:
Hamilton was diagnosed with a bruise on his left hand after getting hit
by a pitch Monday night in a Cactus League game against the San
Francisco Giants. Preliminary X-rays were negative and he will be
“Somebody is after me,” said Hamilton, who had to deal with a bruised
left shoulder earlier this spring. “Watch out, boys, don’t stand too
close to me.”
Add this to the banged up shoulder from a couple of weeks ago and his back, groin, and rib injuries from 2009.
Perhaps if he were to return the tiki idol he found to the Hawaiian burial grounds the tabu would be broken. In the meantime, Josh, for God’s sake, don’t go surfing.
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: