Author: Bill Baer

Barry Zito

The Athletics won’t be calling up Barry Zito


Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics will not be calling Barry Zito up from Triple-A Nashville, so the veteran will have to wait until 2016 if he wants to return to the majors.

Zito said, “I thought I did everything I could to get a call-up when I was going all right, but it just didn’t work out. At least I know I gave myself the best chance I could.”

In a 137 innings across 22 starts and one relief appearance, Zito posted a 3.48 ERA with a 90/60 K/BB ratio at Triple-A. The 37-year-old hasn’t pitched since early August due to tendinitis in his left shoulder. The minor league season ends on Monday, but Zito will resume a throwing program nevertheless.

Zito hasn’t pitched in the majors since September 29, 2013 with the Giants. He is a three-time All-Star and the winner of the 2002 American League Cy Young Award.

Video: Buster Posey hits his 100th career home run

Buster Posey

Giants catcher Buster Posey reached a milestone on Sunday afternoon, blasting his 100th career home run at Coors Field against the Rockies. The catcher hit an opposite-field home run off of Yohan Flande in the fourth inning to knot the game up at two apiece. Posey also walked and doubled, scoring three runs in total in the game.

Posey has 17 home runs on the season, leaving him five shy of last year’s total and seven off of his career-high. He’s batting .326/.384/.484 with 81 RBI in what has been another terrific season for the 28-year-old.

Dustin Pedroia could return to the Red Sox as soon as Tuesday

Injured Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia looks on from the dugout during a 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia could return to the team as soon as Tuesday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. Pedroia has been out since July 23 with a right hamstring injury.

The Red Sox, in Pedroia’s absence, have used Brock Holt and Josh Rutledge at second base. Holt has hit at around the league average with a .731 OPS while Rutledge, playing mostly against left-handed pitchers, has a .794 OPS.

Pedroia was hitting .287/.348/.426 with nine home runs and 34 RBI in 337 plate appearances prior to landing on the disabled list.

The Red Sox completed a series sweep of the Phillies with a 6-2 win on Sunday afternoon. They’re now 64-72 but still rank last in the AL East.