Day: April 11, 2012

Joel Pineiro

Orioles sign sinkerballer Joel Pineiro

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The Orioles added some additional pitching depth Wednesday, signing Joel Pineiro to a minor league contract.

He’ll pitch out of the rotation at Triple-A Norfolk initially.

There was shockingly little interest in Pineiro over the winter, and he ended up signing a minor league deal with the Phillies even though it was obvious they had no room for him. He was cut after allowing five runs — three earned — in six innings this spring.

While Pinero struggled to a 5.13 ERA in 24 starts and three relief appearances for the Angels last season, he did finish with a 3.49 ERA for the Cardinals in 2009 and a 3.84 ERA for the Angels in 2010. His ability to get groundballs could make him pretty useful to the Orioles, perhaps in a middle relief role at first.

Buster Posey scratched… due to shingles?

Buster Posey

Buster Posey was a late scratch from Wednesday’s starting lineup due to a shingles, CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly reports.

According to Baggarly, Posey said he came down with the painful rash and blisters after Sunday’s game and that it made it difficult for him to sleep. Still, he expects to play Thursday.

With Posey out, Hector Sanchez is doing the catching for the Giants tonight and Aubrey Huff is batting cleanup.

If you’d like to know more about shingles and see some increasingly disgusting pictures, head on over to wikipedia for a rockin’ good time (here’s a tip: read the first three paragraphs and move on. Don’t scroll down).

Vladimir Guerrero faces no charges related to … whatever happened

Vladimir Guerrero

The police say Vlad Guerrero assaulted one of their own. Vlad Guerrero said he did nothing of the kind. Now Vlad Guerrero’s lawyer says that Vlad faces no charges out of it.

Advantage: Vlad.

I know nothing about the criminal justice system in the Dominican Republic. But after several random cases down there in the past few years, I get the sense that it operates in a very different fashion than that which you or I are used to.

So, no hits, a walk and win for Vlad Guerrero. Not bad for a guy who can’t get a job playing baseball anymore.

Scott Baker to undergo season-ending elbow surgery

Scott Baker AP

Scott Baker has battled elbow problems since 2010, throwing just 135 innings last year and beginning this year on the disabled list, and after a recent setback the Twins announced today that he’ll undergo season-ending surgery.

It’s not Tommy John surgery, but rather a repair of his flexor pronator tendon, which carries a six-month recovery timetable.

That rules him out for this season and with Minnesota all but certain to decline his $9.5 million option for 2013 likely signals the end of his Twins career.

Baker topped 175 innings just once, throwing 200 in 2009, but when healthy he was consistently a solid No. 2 or No. 3 starter with excellent strikeout-to-walk ratios and a 3.98 ERA in 134 starts since 2007. It’s remarkable that he pitched as well he did last season, posting a 3.14 ERA and 123/32 K/BB ratio.

Baker being out of the picture likely means that prospect Liam Hendriks will get an opportunity to stick in the Twins’ rotation at age 23 and with little experience above Double-A.

MLBPA head: PED users, Pete Rose should be in the Hall of Fame

Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner speaks at news conference to announce new collective bargaining agreement in New York

Michael Weiner spoke to the National Press Club today, and among his comments were his views on the Hall of Fame: he thinks Cooperstown “is for the best baseball players that have ever played,” and that’s regardless of their status as PED cheats or gambling cheats for that matter.

He said that PED users should be in, but that their plaques should bear some notation that they used PEDs. He also said he thinks Pete Rose should be in too. He also made a really excellent point: there will probably be executives and at least one commissioner [cough] Bud Selig [cough] inducted into the Hall who engaged in collusion in the 1980s, which Weiner rightly called a “massive conspiracy” against the players. Which it was.

I can’t find any fault here. At bottom, you have to have some consistent standard: everyone in based on their playing merits or no one in. Since we don’t know who used and who didn’t, how about everyone?