Here we go again. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Ben Sheets is headed to the disabled list after yet another injury to his right elbow.
Sheets told Slusser that his elbow has been “too swollen” over his past two or three starts. When asked if he is looking at missing the rest of the season, Sheets said, “I might be.”
Sheets missed the entire 2009 season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow. The Athletics signed the 32-year-old right-hander to a one-year, $10 million this winter in hopes of flipping him at the trade deadline. While Sheets hasn’t resembled his ace form of the past, posting a 4.53 ERA over 20 starts, he has went at least six innings in each of his last 14 starts.
It doesn’t matter now, though, as general managers around baseball can now look elsewhere.
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: