Day: September 14, 2011

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Johnny Cueto leaves game with strained right lat


Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto has enjoyed great success this season with his reworked delivery, registering a superb 2.31 ERA across 156 innings.

But that might be where his numbers finish up.

John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the 25-year-old right-hander had to be removed from Wednesday’s game against the Cubs after suffering a strained right lat in the middle of the fourth inning.

Cueto wound up throwing 3 2/3 scoreless frames, fanning two Cubs batters while scattering three hits.

A strained lat muscle is not a major injury and Cueto seemed to be in good spirits as he was exiting the field, but he’s likely to need over 10 days of recovery time and the regular season schedule wraps up this year on September 28 — exactly two weeks from tonight.

The Reds, currently 14 1/2 games back of the Brewers in the National League Central and 12 1/2 games back of the Braves in the Wild Card, have nothing to gain from rushing Cueto back. And they won’t rush him back.

Pedro Feliciano underwent rotator cuff surgery last week

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The Yankees’ two-year, $8 million offseason investment into longtime Mets reliever Pedro Feliciano continues to look bleaker and bleaker.

According to Dan Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal, the Yankees announced Wednesday that Feliciano underwent rotator cuff surgery late last week. No recovery timetable has been issued, but the procedure was far from minor and will almost certainly affect his status for the first half of the 2012 season. Or perhaps all of the 2012 season.

Feliciano did not pitch at all this year after suffering a strained rotator cuff during spring training. He elected to rehab that injury rather than repair it surgically, and is probably now regretting that decision.

The 35-year-old lefty had a 3.31 ERA in eight seasons with the Mets before signing with the Yanks last winter.

Report: Giants preparing to demote CEO Bill Neukom

San Francisco Giants owner Bill Neukom speaks to the fans at a rally after his team's World Series victory parade in San Francisco

The defending World Series champion Giants will be left out of the postseason picture this October.

As you might expect, that’s not sitting well with some members of the organization. Members who have the power to make changes at the very top.

According to Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News, the Giants’ executive owners committee — a group consisting of the franchise’s 10 primary investors — has decided that CEO and general managing partner Bill Neukom will be removed from his role at the conclusion of the 2011 season.

The timing may seem odd given San Francisco’s triumphant run last October, but Purdy says the issues with Neukom go beyond this year’s second-place finish. According to insider sources, Neukom did a poor job of keeping the executive committee “informed about his choices and actions” during his tenure as chief executive officer. Instead, Purdy writes, “some of the owners first read about those decisions in news reports.”

It’s doubtful many details will leak about which decisions specifically caught the ire of the other investors. And the Giants are likely to announce this move as a front-office “restructuring” rather than a firing or demotion.

Neukom joined the Giants’ ownership group in 1995 and became the first principal owner to guide the club to a World Series crown since Horace Stoneham in 1954, when the franchise was located in New York.

Carlos Carrasco had Tommy John surgery this afternoon

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From Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer comes word that Indians starter Carlos Carrasco underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Wednesday afternoon in New York City.

The operation was performed by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery. It was deemed an initial success, but nearly all surgeries are.

Carrasco, 24, registered a 4.62 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 85/40 K/BB ratio across 124 2/3 innings (26 starts) this year for the Tribe. Even if the young righty is able to avoid setbacks, he probably won’t return to a major league mound until the 2013 season.

Andre Ethier undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery

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As expected, Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier had arthroscopic surgery Wednesday on his right knee.

The procedure, which took 35 minutes, was designed to clean out wear and tear from behind the right fielder’s kneecap. And it did that successfully, at least according to the Dodgers’ official Twitter account.

Ethier won’t return this season, but the recovery process is only expected to take around two months. Meaning he should be back to 100 percent health by the start of spring training next February.

Ethier batted .292 with a decent .368 on-base percentage in 135 games this year for Los Angeles, but his slugging percentage came in under .450 for the first time in his major league career and he tallied just 11 total home runs. Despite the struggles, the arbitration-eligible 29-year-old stands to earn a significant raise from the $9.25 million that he earned in 2011. And that may compel the bankrupt Dodgers to shop him on the trade market this winter.