The Dodgers have finally put a general timetable on Jonathan Broxton‘s anticipated recovery from a painful bone spur in his right elbow.
According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti told reporters Friday that he expects the right-hander to return to the big league bullpen in July.
Whether Colletti meant early July or late July is currently unknown, but it seems like the Dodgers are at least beginning to map out a rehab plan and that’s typically a sign of progress.
Broxton, who turns 27 on Thursday, registered an ugly 5.68 ERA and 1.90 WHIP across 14 appearances this season before landing on the disabled list during the first week of May. The Dodgers can only hope that the time off will help the former All-Star closer right the ship and again become a reliable stopper. He also struggled mightily in the second half of 2010.
From 2006-2009, Broxton had a 2.79 ERA, a 3.4 BB/9 and converted 55 saves. Since the end of the 2009 season, he has a 4.32 ERA, a 4.4 BB/9 and has converted only 29 saves in 37 chances.
After the Cubs won the World Series last month — their first since 1908 — owner Tom Ricketts said he plans to reach out to Steve Bartman to provide “closure.”
Bartman was the fan who interfered with left fielder Moises Alou’s attempt to catch a foul ball in Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS against the Marlins. Alou was particularly irate about Bartman’s presence and it led to the fan becoming persona non grata in Chicago. In the time since, even before the Cubs won the World Series, the club has tried to make amends but Bartman has rejected offers to speak publicly and he has also rejected invitations to Wrigley Field.
Alou pledged to make time to attend any ceremony the Cubs stage for Bartman, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago-Sun Times reports.
Alou said, “Why not? I’d like to meet Bartman.” He continued, “I have nothing against the guy. I said it right after the game. I had the ball, and I got upset, but at the same time it’s not that kid’s fault. Everybody goes to the ballpark, and they bring a glove. Every wants to catch a fly ball.” However, He still maintains that he would have caught the ball if he had not been impeded.
The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that the club signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year, $4 million contract.
Mathis, 33, isn’t much with the stick as he owns a career .197/.254/.308 triple-slash line over parts of 12 seasons in the majors. The veteran, though, is well-regarded for his ability to play defense, call games, handle a pitching staff, and get along with his teammates in the clubhouse. As Craig mentioned last year, Mathis is often talked about as a future manager.
The D-Backs non-tendered Welington Castillo on Friday, so Chris Herrmann and Mathis are the team’s two catchers as presently constructed.