Craig Calcaterra

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Alex Cobb may have a torn elbow ligament


We’ve heard about forearm strains and setbacks, but no one with the Rays has yet to use the l-word with respect to Alex Cobb. With the l-word being “ligament.”

But Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times went there earlier today. No, he doesn’t work for the Rays, but he’s the most plugged-in Rays reporter there is:

Cobb has been on the shelf since mid-March. If he has a ligament tear it could be much longer, obviously.

Cobb, 27, posted a 2.82 ERA with 8.2 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 over 49 starts from 2013-2014. With the AL East so even at the moment, the Rays would love to have him in the fold, but it doesn’t look like it’s happening anytime soon.

Wait, David Ortiz’s appeal from the dugout phone smash from 2013 was just heard yesterday?

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Over at WEEI Rob Bradford reports that David Ortiz’s appeal of his one-game suspension for his little ump bump a couple of weeks ago was held yesterday. No biggie. But this is odd:

The hearing lasted almost two hours, and surprisingly also included an incident from two seasons ago. The other topic broached by the representatives from Major League Baseball was when Ortiz smashed the dugout phone at Camden Yards in late July, 2013. The DH appealed the the fine of $5,000 at the time, a case that evidently wasn’t broached until Monday.

How does it take two years to hear the appeal of this thing? Pretrial discovery? Change-of-venue motions? The guy is on camera beating the hell out of the phone because he didn’t like a called strike. I’m all for due process and stuff, but how could this not be handled with a phone call in which someone says “David, got anything to say for yourself that isn’t obvious here?”

Four men in a hot tub, Johnny Damon’s naked pull-ups and Curt Leskanic’s naked monkey walk

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Pedro Martinez is making the rounds on his book tour — it comes out today — and he talked to Dan Patrick today about it.

Short version: no one on the early 2000s Red Sox ever wore clothes.


Bonus: Pedro also said that he thanks the PED-using hitters. They made him work harder and helped him make the Hall of Fame:

The Brewers may deal, but they aren’t going to deal Jonathan Lucroy

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With the firing of Ron Roenicke and the hiring of Craig Counsell, a couple of Brewers commentators observed yesterday that the club could be poised for “major changes,” which could easily mean “tear-down” and/or “fire sale.”

It makes sense. I mean, yes, there is a lot of talent on this club, but health woes and the hole they’re already in, not to mention thin pitching, suggests that one last gear-up-and-go with this roster is not likely to be successful. Doug Melvin will likely be dealing away talent this summer.

But if he does. there is one bit of talent Milwaukee won’t be dealing:

Understandable given that he’s locked up on a pretty team-friendly deal. Lucroy, 28, is making only $3 million this season and $4 million next year. There’s a $5.25 million club option for 2017. Just a great deal even if he doesn’t come close to repeating his 2014 numbers.

So, if you are interested in a Matt Garza or a Kyle Lohse, call Mr. Melvin. But save your calls if you’re looking for a catcher.

Joc Pederson’s last five hits have been homers

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Joc Pederson is only 5 for his last 21. That’s not a great average. But batting average isn’t everything, I suppose. The fact that all five of those hits have been homers makes up for it somewhat.

Pederson homered in the sixth inning of the Dodgers-Giants game last Monday. Then he went 1-for-3 with a homer on Wednesday, 1-for-3 with a homer on Friday, 1-for-5 with a homer on Saturday, took an o-fer on Sunday and then homered in a 1-for-4 effort last night. He’s also struck out ten times over that span, so he’s basically turned into Dave Kingman in the last week.

Quick: someone ask Tommy Lasorda what he thinks of Pederson’s performance.