From the Reds’ official Twitter feed, here’s a picture of the Dusty Baker bobblehead doll the team will be giving away for the July 2 game against the Indians, which pretty brilliantly incorporates the manager’s penchant for dugout toothpick usage:
When the Cardinals signed Lance Berkman to an $8 million deal this offseason guys like me wondered about the wisdom of asking a 35-year-old who’s not in particularly outstanding shape and hasn’t played the outfield since 2007 to be an everyday right fielder.
Sub par defense is all but assured, as Berkman was hardly a strong defender when he played the outfield regularly five years ago, but another issue is that the increased ground to cover and throws to make figure to present an increased injury risk after three years as a first baseman/designated hitter.
Berkman’s elbow started barking almost immediately, so the Cardinals limited him to designated hitter duties early in camp, but now he’s been scratched from the lineup altogether because of a sore calf muscle.
Berkman told Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that he’s “perfectly fine” and would have played if it weren’t early in spring training, but once the season starts the DH option will go away while the aches and pains probably won’t.
Koji Uehara won’t throw for at least a few days after getting a cortisone injection today in his right elbow.
Uehara told Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com that the injury “is not even serious” and described it as merely “arm fatigue,” but the closer candidate has had elbow problems in the past and re-signed with the Orioles for just $3 million in guaranteed money in part because other teams likely had concerns about his holding up physically.
According to Ghiroli “apparently he gets these pretty frequently so the team isn’t overly concerned at this point.”
Uehara is widely viewed as the favorite to claim ninth-inning duties, but with former closer Kevin Gregg also in the mix he definitely won’t be handed the job.
“Oh my God?! What is this thing on my left hand?!! It’s as if it’s made of … a dead cow!!! … Oh, wait. It’s a glove. OK, I remember those things. I used to wear them all the time … OK, Adam … deep breaths. You. Can. Do. This.”
“Arrrgh! The batter looks like he might swing! On your toes, Adam! ON YOU TOES!”
At least that’s what I assume his inner-monologue to have been.
Carlos Ruiz’s wife gave birth yesterday and, as Bryan Graham of SI.com amusingly points out, the couple’s second child arrived “nine months to the day of Roy Halladay’s perfect game.”
It’s not quite George Foreman naming all five of his sons George, but it’s pretty close.
I’d have voted for “Chooch” as the name, obviously.