Joe Blanton returned from the disabled list last night with a win, allowing three runs in five innings against the Marlins in his first start since April 26, but said afterward that his elbow still isn’t totally healthy.
Pitching coach Rich Dubee agreed, telling Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that Blanton’s elbow “is still a little cranky” and “definitely not 100 percent.”
According to Dubee “there are certain pitches that at times he’ll feel it and at other times he won’t.”
Neither Blanton nor Dubee seem particularly worried about his status, but Zolecki writes that “it certainly seemed like the elbow bothered him” while allowing three runs on eight hits and two walks over five innings in what was hardly an impressive return start.
Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports that Mets second baseman Neil Walker is expected to undergo season-ending surgery to fix a herniated disk in his lower back. Walker has avoided the disabled list but hasn’t played since last Saturday and has only two starts since August 22.
If Walker does indeed go under the knife, he’ll end his first season with the Mets with a terrific .282/.347/.476 triple-slash line with 23 home runs and 55 RBI in 458 plate appearances. While the Mets couldn’t have foreseen Daniel Murphy having such a terrific season, Walker was more than adequate in Murphy’s shoes at second base.
Kelly Johnson and Wilmer Flores have handled second base in Walker’s absence and will continue to do so through the remainder of the season.
Rockies 1B/OF Stephen Cardullo celebrated his 29th birthday on Wednesday, so the rookie decided to celebrate by homering in both games of his team’s doubleheader at home against the Dodgers.
In the first game, Cardullo pinch-hit for Chris Rusin in the seventh inning and drilled a solo home run off of Casey Fien. In the second game, Cardullo smacked a grand slam to left-center field off of Bud Norris in the first inning.
Cardullo made his major league debut this past Friday. He was hitless in his first five at-bats before singling as a pinch-hitter on Monday.