The Padres have placed starter Tyson Ross on the disabled list due to a left shoulder subluxation — in other words, a partial dislocation of his left shoulder. Fortunately the injury was suffered on his non-throwing shoulder, so his pitching shouldn’t be negatively impacted when he does return. According to MLB.com’s Corey Brock, Ross expected to toss a bullpen session today, but Padres management decided to play it safe. Padres manager Bud Black explained:
“The soreness has to decrease, and there’s a strengthening component to this. We’ve got to make sure he can swing the bat and have confidence that he can field his position,” Padres manager Bud Black said.
The subluxation occurred when Ross was at the plate and took a swing on Wednesday. In response to Ross going on the DL, the Padres recalled Thad Weber, a 28-year-old who has already bounced between the Majors and Triple-A Tucson. In his only Major League appearance on April 13, Weber allowed two runs in three and two-thirds innings.
As you get ready for Memorial Day weekend and whatever it entails for you and yours, take some time to read an excellent article from Mike Bates over at The Hardball Times.
The article is about Eddie Grant. You probably never heard of him. He was a journeyman infielder — often a backup — from 1905 through 1915. If you have heard of him, it was likely not for his baseball exploits, however: it was because he was the first active baseball player to die in combat, killed in the Battle of the Argonne Forest in October 1915.
Michael tells us about more than Grant’s death, however. He provides a great overview of his life and career. And notes that Grant didn’t even have to go to war if he didn’t want to. He was 34, had the chance to coach or manage and had a law degree and the potential to make a lot of money following his baseball career. He volunteered, however, for both patriotic and personal reasons. And it cost him his life.
Must-read stuff indeed. Especially this weekend.
The Cleveland Indians will unveil a Frank Robinson statue at Progressive Field on Saturday.
Robinson’s tenure in Cleveland was not long, but it was historic. On April 8, 1975, he became the first African-American manager in Major League history. He was a player-manager. One of the last ones, in fact. He spent two years in that role and then a third year — a partial year anyway — as a manager only. Robinson would go on to manage the Giants, Orioles and the Expos/Nationals, compiling a career record of 1065-1176 in 16 seasons. He is now a top MLB executive.
Robinson was, of course, a Hall of Fame player as well, lodging 21 seasons for the Reds, Orioles, Dodgers, Angels and Indians. He won two MVP awards and hit for the Triple Crown in 1966. Overall he hit 586 home runs – 10th all time – and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. For an inner-circle Hall of Famer with that kind of resume he is still, strangely enough, underrated. I guess that happens when your contemporaries are Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Mickey Mantle.
Anyway, congrats to Frank Robinson for yet another well-deserved honor in a career full of them.