Report: "Brad Hawpe's days in Denver may be numbered"

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Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported yesterday that the Rockies have placed Brad Hawpe on waivers and now Troy Renck of the Denver Post writes that his “days in Denver may be numbered.”
Just a few weeks ago the Rockies were said to be telling teams that they couldn’t trade Hawpe, but now that they’re nine games out in the NL West and five games back in the Wild Card race that stance has apparently changed. According to Renck “the Rockies want to move Hawpe, who is owed about $2.2 million for the remainder of this season, so if he’s claimed they probably would try to work out a trade or simply let him go.”
His contract also has a $10 million team option or $500,000 buyout for 2011, so any team claiming Hawpe would risk being stuck with a $2.7 million bill. That seemingly makes it likely that he’ll pass through waivers unclaimed, which would allow the Rockies to shop him freely to any of the other 29 teams.
Hawpe has never been a good defensive corner outfielder and has struggled at the plate this season, hitting .252/.341/.430 with seven homers in 87 games, but he’s still relatively young at 31 and posted an OPS above .875 in each of the previous four seasons. And while Coors Field has certainly helped boost those numbers, he’s a career .274/.369/.470 hitter with an average of 24 homers per 550 at-bats on the road. If his nagging rib injury isn’t serious, he’d be a worthwhile stretch-run pickup for some team.

Video: Jaime Garcia hits a 399-foot grand slam

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Jaime Garcia has been at the center of trade talks for several days now, but on Friday night, he commanded center stage for an entirely different reason. The Braves’ southpaw went head-to-head with Dodgers’ lefty Alex Wood and mashed his first career grand slam: a two-out, 399-foot blast that cleared the wall in right field and put the Braves up 9-0 in the fifth inning.

The bases-loaded knock was the third career home run for Garcia, whose contributions at the plate have been few and far between over his nine-year track in the major leagues. Not only did the homer mark an impressive career first for the 30-year-old, but it was just the second pitcher grand slam in Braves’ history and the first since 1966.

Garcia looked almost as impressive on the mound during Friday’s series opener, issuing one run, four hits and three strikeouts through his first six innings. The Braves currently lead the Dodgers 12-1 in the top of the seventh inning.

As for whether the slam will affect negotiations between the Braves and Twins? MLB.com’s Mike Petriello put it best:

Ryon Healy exits game after taking a ground ball to the face

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Athletics’ first baseman Ryon Healy had a scary moment during Friday’s loss to the Mets. Lucas Duda smacked a single to the first base side, where the ball took a high hop and caught Healy in the left temple. He crumpled to the ground after getting struck by the one-hopper, but was eventually able to stand and walk off the field with assistance from a trainer.

Prior to the injury, Healy went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI single in the first inning. He was replaced by Yonder Alonso, who finished off the rest of the night’s 7-5 loss with a walk in two plate appearances.

Following the game, manager Bob Melvin told reporters that Healy did not appear to have sustained a concussion as a result of the hit. Healy said he thinks he’ll be good to go for Saturday’s game, though a final decision likely won’t be made until tomorrow.