Reaction from around the blogosphere about the Phillies landing Roy Oswalt:
- Jerry Manuel: “A move like that, it gets your attention. He’s one of the top guys out there. To have that piece in your rotation is quite an improvement.”
- Charlie Manuel:
“Gee, fellas, that’s just swell. That kid’s got moxie. Now let’s go out
and give Atlanta the business, get me?” (note: my notes were a bit
garbled so that quote may not be 100% accurate)
- Crashburn Alley:
The Phillies absolutely 100% swindled Astros GM Ed Wade . . . As much
as GM Ruben Amaro has been criticized, he deserves some praise for this
- Rob Neyer: “It’s hard to believe the Astros couldn’t have done better than this . . . But then again, if they could have done appreciably better, wouldn’t
- The 700 Level: “Halladay, Hamels, Oswalt. I just keep saying it over and over.”
- The Crawfish Boxes: “Is this a great return for Oswalt? No. But it’s not terrible. The
Astros get a piece to help them now, and some pieces with huge
potential. Give these players a chance and let’s see how it goes.”
- FanGraphs: “Trading Oswalt was one of the team’s few opportunities to find its next
star, and they didn’t do it. This is a team mining for role players when
they don’t have the budget to find their foundation pieces through free
agency. It’s terribly misguided management.”
- Richard Justice: “The Astros didn’t get lousy overnight, and they’re not going to be fixed
overnight. But they made a significant step in the right direction on
- Paul Hagen: “no matter how they try to spin it, it’s a tacit admission that well, er,
gee, they probably should have just held onto Lee in the first place.”
Last we heard from Shelby Miller, the Diamondbacks’ right-hander was contemplating Tommy John surgery for a partial UCL tear in his right elbow. Now, he appears to have decided to go through with the procedure.
Miller decided to skip Tommy John alternatives like plasma-rich platelet injections or stem cell treatment, which have been used to varying degrees of success by other major league pitchers with similar injuries. The surgery will set him back an estimated 12-18 months, FanRag Sports’ Tommy Stokke reports, which puts Miller’s estimated return date somewhere in 2018 if all goes well.
The 26-year-old starter was off to a rocky start this season, posting a 2-2 record and 4.09 ERA through 22 innings and striking out just 20 of 99 batters faced. This was his sophomore campaign in Arizona after muddling through the 2016 season with a 3-12 record, 6.15 ERA and 0.5 fWAR over 101 innings with the club.
Rays’ right fielder Steven Souza Jr. left Saturday’s game after getting hit on the left hand by a pitch from Blue Jays’ right-hander Joe Biagini in the seventh inning. The pitch appeared to hit the top of Souza Jr.’s hand, causing the outfielder to crumple at the plate and requiring assistance from assistant athletic trainer Paul Harker as he exited the field. Postgame reports from the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin revealed that Souza Jr. sustained a left hand contusion and is scheduled to undergo further evaluation on Sunday.
While the diagnosis isn’t as bad as it could be, it’s still a tough break for the right fielder, who missed 40 days of the 2015 season after sustaining a fracture in his left hand on another hit by pitch. The team has yet to announce any concrete timetable for Souza Jr.’s return, though manager Kevin Cash indicated that they’ll be taking things day to day for the time being.
Souza Jr. is batting .326/.398/.543 with four home runs and 17 RBI through 104 PA in 2017. He went 1-for-2 with a base hit and a walk prior to his departure during Saturday’s 4-1 loss.