Buster Olney has a good column up today about Adrian Gonzalez’s focus and hard work as he rehabs his shoulder this winter and prepares for the big expectations facing him in Boston this season. But this stuck out at me:
Gonzalez, a left-handed hitter who throws with his left hand, hurt his right shoulder last year, and he could have tried to go into the 2011 season without surgery. But he hated how the injury restricted what he could do on defense last season, how it prevented him from diving for balls to his right. So he had the surgery after the season, and three days a week this offseason, he has been going to Petco Park to work with Rick Stauffer, the team’s physical therapist, and trainer Todd Hutcheson.
Shortly after Gonzalez was traded — a move that was viewed as inevitable within the Padres’ organization — Gonzalez arrived at Petco Park for his next rehab session, and there was some talk about the deal. But not much. Stauffer just went about his work with Gonzalez, driving his thumbs into the right shoulder to manipulate the tissue, stretching, strengthening.
Do players who get traded typically still use their old team’s trainers and facilities? I mean, yes, the Padres were his team when he had the surgery so it makes sense that they’d oversee his rehab too. And of course, Gonzalez lives in San Diego. But it seems strange to me that the Padres would use their resources on another team’s player and that another team would leave their starting first baseman’s rehab to another team.
Not criticizing the move necessarily — it seems pretty efficient, actually, and I imagine that if it were unusual Olney would make some mention of it — but I was rather surprised by it.
The Phillies’ bullpen led to yet another loss on Tuesday. Severino Gonzalez, Luis Garcia, Joely Rodriguez, and David Hernandez combined to allow six runs in five innings, allowing the Braves to come back and win 7-6 after falling behind 6-0 after the first two innings.
The game prior, the Phillies’ bullpen surrendered 14 runs in four innings in a 17-0 loss to the Mets. The game before that, the bullpen yielded four runs in four innings, nearly squandering the Phillies’ 10-0 lead after four innings. And last Thursday, the Phillies had taken an 8-6 lead in the top of the 11th, but Edubray Ramos served up a walk-off three-run home run to Asdrubal Cabrera. It’s been a tough month.
Manager Pete Mackanin ripped the bullpen when speaking to the media after Tuesday’s game. Via Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly:
Neris was going to close for us. I thought about using him with two outs in the eighth. But, at some point, somebody else has to do a (bleeping) job. Somebody else has to (bleeping) step up. In two games now, every reliever I brought in has given up a (bleeping) run. That’s unheard of.
The Phillies currently own the fourth-worst bullpen ERA in baseball at 4.97. Only the Rockies (5.12), Reds (5.07), and Diamondbacks (4.98) have been worse.
In fairness to the bullpen, aside from Jeanmar Gomez (who lost his job as closer earlier this month) and free agent signee David Hernandez, the bullpen is intentionally comprised of young, inexperienced pitchers as the Phillies are still rebuilding. If the Phillies were aiming for a playoff spot, it would be one thing, but the struggles are to be expected when one throws 24-year-olds into the deep end.
Manager Robin Ventura’s contract with the White Sox expires after the season, but the club will offer him a new contract if he wants to stay in Chicago, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports.
Ventura’s five seasons at the helm of the White Sox haven’t gone well. The club has crossed the 80-win threshold only once, in his first season back in 2012. Entering the final five games of the season, Ventura has a 373-432 record (463) overall.
The White Sox have also had a handful of controversies under Ventura’s watch, including the fiasco concerning Adam LaRoche and his son Drake, as well as Chris Sale‘s displeasure with wearing retro uniforms. Ventura is not exactly a fan favorite, either. It’s interesting that the White Sox want to keep him around, to say the least.