Craig is on vacation all week so you’ll see a bigger helping of posts from the less familiar names around here. It’s like a parent has left town, and has left us access to a stocked fridge and liquor cabinet. We intend to have a good time. Bonfire!
Here is your weekend wrap-up:
- Cubs manager Lou Piniella retired suddenly on Sunday afternoon to be with his ailing mother. He enjoyed a good amount of success in Chicago, leading the club to two division championships in four years, but ‘Sweet Lou’ will leave behind a fifth-place team.
- We should all know more about his immediate future when the MRI results are examined on Monday afternoon, but it appears that Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg avoided major injury on Saturday night. He has been diagnosed with a strained flexor tendon in his forearm and was able to play catch on Sunday morning.
- Brewers setup man LaTroy Hawkins has opted to undergo exploratory surgery on his shoulder and is likely to miss the rest of the season. Here’s a quick lesson for bad teams with major holes: Don’t spend big money on middle relief.
- It’s not all roses between the Dodgers, Matt Kemp, his agent and the fans in Los Angeles.
- This is a bit rosier: Vin Scully is back!
- Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez has recovered from his heroic catch last week and is back to building his case for the National League MVP award. For now, though, he remains a longshot.
- Andrew Bailey has recovered from an injury of his own and has reclaimed ninth-inning duties in Oakland. Michael Wuertz will shift back to a setup role.
- Boston’s signing of veteran Carlos Delgado might not exactly work out. He’s now on the minor league disabled list at Triple-A Pawtucket.
- Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez is on the big league disabled list, but the Yankees have quite a few less worries than their rival Red Sox.
- Angels rookie outfielder Peter Bourjos is going to be a great defender in this league for a long time, and now he’s beginning to do some things right at the plate. With those powers combined…
- Braves closer Billy Wagner fully intends to retire at the end of the season and doesn’t plan on waffling like a certain Minnesota gunslinger.
- Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco has been diagnosed with a torn meniscus and could require major knee surgery to correct it. Sad, he had really pitched well since the All-Star break.
- The Diamondbacks picked up left-hander Mike Hampton this weekend and added him to their Triple-A club in Reno, Nevada. Hey, if some of that $123.8 million is still around, he could be good for the local economy.
And with that, we’re off…