Day: April 13, 2014

Brett Anderson

Rockies starter Brett Anderson to miss 4-6 weeks with a broken finger


Rockies starter Brett Anderson left Saturday’s start with what was diagnosed by the team as a finger contusion. X-rays taken after the fact, however, revealed a broken index finger, reports Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Anderson sustained the injury after making contact with a Matt Cain pitch, shaking his hand in pain as he jogged up the first base line in the third inning.

Anderson just can’t seem to have any luck when it comes to staying healthy. The 26-year-old lefty last accrued 100 innings in a season in 2010, when he made 19 starts for the Athletics.

Following a good spring showing, Anderson had been shaky to open up the 2014 regular season, allowing nine runs (six earned) in 15 innings across three starts. Franklin Morales, who lost his spot in the rotation to Jordan Lyles, will take Anderson’s spot in the rotation.

Scott Boras says anonymous comments about Morales, Drew “a clear violation of the CBA”

Kendrys Morales

Recently, ESPN’s Buster Olney published quotes from anonymous baseball executives on the value of free agents Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew, who remain jobless due to the draft pick compensation attached to them. Their agent, Scott Boras, is none too pleased.

Per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Boras says the comments constitute “a clear violation of the CBA”.

“It’s a clear violation of the CBA,” Boras said in a phone interview. “As many as five executives continue to use ESPN as a conduit to violate the collective bargaining agreement.”

“The bell is rung,” Boras continued. “Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew were damaged by these comments.”

Union director Tony Clark wasn’t happy about it either, also saying that the comments violated the collective bargaining agreement. He called for commissioner Bud Selig to investigate the comments and punish the executives who made the comments.

It is believed that both Morales and Drew will remain unsigned until after the upcoming amateur draft. Following the draft, the draft pick compensation attached to them will go away and teams will be free to sign them at no penalty. Players are expected to continue to decline qualifying offers.

Francisco Cervelli exits with leg injury

Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees

Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli left Sunday night’s game against the Red Sox with a leg injury, reports Kieran Darcy of ESPN New York. Cervelli had been attempting to beat out a ground ball double play in the fourth inning and was ruled out on a controversial call that went to instant replay. The call was overturned and manager John Farrell was ejected.

With Mark Teixeira out, the Yankees had Cervelli start tonight at first base. Brian McCann was the only non-emergency catcher available for Sunday night. When Cervelli exited, Carlos Beltran moved from right field to first base — playing first base for the first time in his professional career — and Ichiro Suzuki entered the game in right field.

The Yankees are having problems with injuries at the moment. Aside from Teixeira, second baseman Brian Roberts is dealing with back problems and Derek Jeter has been held out with a sore quadriceps.

Joe Blanton has retired from baseball

Joe Blanton

Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that pitcher Joe Blanton has retired from baseball. Blanton had made two starts for Triple-A Sacramento in the Athletics organization, allowing seven runs (six earned) in 10 2/3 innings.

Blanton, 33, has fallen far since winning the World Series with the Phillies in 2008. Between 2009-13 with the Phillies, Dodgers, Angels, Blanton posted a 4.82 ERA in 736 innings. The most memorable moment of his career may have been when he hit a home run off of Edwin Jackson in Game 4 of the 2008 World Series.

Best of luck to Blanton in his post-baseball life.

Scott Kazmir exits Sunday start with triceps tightness

Scott Kazmir

Athletics starter Scott Kazmir left Sunday’s start against the Mariners after six innings with triceps tightness, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Kazmir blanked the Mariners on two hits and struck out nine without issuing a walk.

Kazmir battled triceps tightness during the spring, so it’s nothing new for him. The lefty even wanted to go back out for the seventh inning, but Bob Melvin opted to go to his bullpen to be cautious with his pitcher. A scout noticed that Kazmir’s velocity dropped in his final inning and that he was wiggling his fingers.