Here’s manager Terry Collins, speaking Saturday with beat writer Adam Rubin of ESPN New York:
“There are no plans on seeing [Johan Santana] here except to possibly get some work in. If I don’t think he’s ready to pitch, I’m not gonna pitch him.
I’m really excited about his progress. I think it’s great that he’s feeling better. We may get more out of the fact that he goes through instructional leagues and builds his pitch count and arm strength.”
Santana, who underwent major shoulder surgery last September, allowed just one unearned run Friday in a three-inning rehab appearance at Low-A Savannah. He’s making progress, but not quickly enough.
The 32-year-old left-hander is under contract at a whopping $24 million in 2012 and $25.5 million in 2013.
“A” switch pitcher is probably not the most accurate way to put that. It’s more like “The” switch pitcher, as Pat Venditte of the Mariners is the only one extant.
Last night the right-handed hitting Adrian Beltre had to face Venditte, who obviously chose to pitch righty to the Rangers third baseman. Before coming up to the plate, Beltre jokingly donned his helmet backwards and pretended that he’d hit left-handed:
He needn’t have bothered. Beltre doubled to left field off of Venditte, showing that at some point, platoon splits really don’t matter.
Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced this morning that they are contributing $250,000 to assist victims of the devastating floods that recently hit Louisiana.
The $250,000 contribution is being divided among three charitable organizations: The American Red Cross will receive a $125,000 contribution and two charities connected to Major League Players – the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and High Socks for Hope – will each receive a $62,500 contribution.
According to the joint press release, several players with connections to the area, including Reid Brignac, Will Harris, Wade LeBlanc, Mikie Mahtook, Anthony Ranaudo and Ryan Schimpf were consulted in determining which organizations would receive funding support.
Nice move, union and league.