Day: July 6, 2010

Rockies to get Jorge De La Rosa back Friday

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After missing 10 weeks with a torn tendon in the middle finger of his pitching hand, Jorge De La Rosa will rejoin the Rockies’ rotation and start Friday, according to Inside the Rockies.
De La Rosa opened the season 3-1 with a 3.91 ERA in four starts before getting hurt. He’s getting the start Friday despite allowing eight runs — seven earned — and 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings in his last of three rehab starts for Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Bounced from the rotation to make room for De La Rosa will be Jhoulys Chacin. The 22-year-old Chacin was very impressive after moving into the rotation at the beginning of May, going 5-7 with a 3.59 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. He struck out 76 in 72 2/3 innings.
In a mild surprise, the Rockies have elected to keep Chacin in the majors as a reliever. He broke in with the team as a reliever last year, so he does have some experience in the roll. Still, with the move, the Rockies run the risk of not having him ready to step back into the rotation should another injury strike.

Brandon Webb still hoping to make 6-8 starts this season

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Brandon Webb hasn’t pitched since Opening Day of last year thanks to multiple setbacks on the road back from shoulder surgery, but is encouraged enough by recent progress that he’s hoping to rejoin the Diamondbacks’ rotation for 6-8 starts before the end of the season.
“It’s still a ways off, but I can definitely say I’m encouraged by everything I’ve done,” Webb told Doug Haller of the Arizona Republic. “The light is there. It’s still dim, but it’s there, and it’s very reachable.”
Of course, Webb said almost the exact same thing a month ago when he talked about seeing “a little light at the end of the tunnel.”
At this point there’s no real urgency with his return because the Diamondbacks are already out of contention, Webb is an impending free agent, and there’s little chance of him getting healthy in time to be showcased for potential trade suitors before the July 31 (or perhaps even August 31) deadline.

Bengie Molina: Class Act


Bengie Molina has a great account of his trade from the Giants to the Rangers up on his blog. In it he talks about how trades affect families, how he heard about it all (i.e. from teammates who are faster on the Blackberry draw than he was) and how his final hours with the Giants went down.  Moving stuff:

by one, my teammates – especially the pitchers – gave me hugs and
thanked me
for the help I had given them over the years. When we were all on the
heading to the hotel, I stood up in the aisle and faced the team.

just want to say thanks for being such great teammates and for taking
care of
me. I’m really going to miss you guys,” I said. “You have what it takes
to win
this thing, and I’m going to watching as much as I can. You guys have my
number. Even if I’m not your teammate any more, I’ll always be your

I was about to sit down when everyone started to clap. Then they stood and
clapped some more. It was an amazing feeling.

Read the whole post. He even goes out of his way to praise Buster Posey, the guy who essentially made him expendable.

Moina sounds like a class act.

Josh Beckett cleared to make rehab start Sunday at Triple-A

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Josh Beckett threw a 65-pitch simulated game this afternoon at Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay against hitters from the Red Sox’s rookie-ball team, clearing the way for him to begin a rehab assignment Sunday at Triple-A.
Beckett is expected to throw around 70 pitches for Pawtucket and will likely be asked to make at least one more rehab start before potentially coming off the disabled list. He hasn’t pitched since being shut down with back problems following consecutive ugly outings versus the Yankees in mid-May left him with a 7.29 ERA in 45.2 innings.
Barring a setback he may be able to rejoin the rotation shortly after the All-Star break.

Some of the Home Run Derby participants named


The names of some of the participants in this year’s Home Run Derby — the ones who have confirmed already — were just announced. According to Tyler Kepner: David Ortiz, Corey Hart, Robinson Cano, Vernon
Wells, Matt Holliday, Miguel Cabrera will all be doing the back back back back back thing for the amusement of Chris Berman.

No Omar Infante? Maybe he’s just making everyone wait.

Like I said the other day: I’m with Tony La Russa. The Home Run Derby is a flaccid little made-for-TV spectacle. I’m not sure if what people say is true about it messing up guys’ swings, but I can’t see how it can help.

Anyway, that’s not exactly a murderers row of power (if anyone had Vernon Wells in their Home Run Derby pool before the season started, please step to the front of the room), but then again no one expected Josh Hamilton to go crazy in the thing a couple of years ago.