Mike Florio

Report: Dustin Pedroia is "probably done for the year"

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Earlier this week Dustin Pedroia sought a second opinion on his injured foot and now Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that a “major league source” has told him the second baseman is “probably done for the year.”
According to Cafardo he’ll spend the next week or two wearing a boot to stabilize the foot and surgery remains an option if the “pace” of the healing doesn’t improve in that time.
If he’s indeed done for the season, Pedroia finishes with a .288/.367/.493 line that is just nine points of OPS below his MVP-winning mark from 2004, but he’s played in just 75 games. When he was in the lineup and the Laser Show was in full swing Boston went 45-30, compared to 28-25 (so far) without Pedroia.

Bryce Harper puts on a batting practice show in Washington

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Bryce Harper is holding his first press conference for the Washington media today, but first he took batting practice before the Nationals-Cardinals game and … well, he hit a whole bunch of homers.

Here’s how Gene Wang of the Washington Post described the scene:

In front of team executives, agent Scott Boras, players from both teams and a throng of media he promptly deposited a pitch into the third deck in right field. That display of power has been a rarity at Nationals Park. Only Adam Dunn has hit it to that area during a game this season.

In his second round, Harper homered to right center approximately five rows deep, then belted three homers in a subsequent round. He hit another ball over the letter E in GEICO adorning the wall in center, and later sent one into the lower deck. Harper’s best power output came in his final round of batting practice, when he homered on three straight pitches.

Meaningful? No, not really. Nice for Nationals fans to hear while they wait for the results of Stephen Strasburg’s second MRI exam? Sure.
UPDATE: Rob Dibble had no comment.

Indians pitching prospect Hector Rondon undergoes Tommy John surgery

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Last season Hector Rondon emerged as one of Cleveland’s best pitching prospects by posting a 3.38 ERA and 137/29 K/BB ratio in 146 innings between Double-A and Triple-A, but he followed that up with an 8.53 ERA in 32 innings at Triple-A before being shut down in mid-May and yesterday he underwent Tommy John elbow surgery.
That certainly explains his awful performance at Triple-A, but also means Rondon will be sidelined for the next 12-18 months and may miss the entire 2011 season. He had been viewed as a possible mid-rotation option who was close to MLB-ready, so it’s a tough break for the 22-year-old right-hander.