Frozen hamburger patties 1, Jeremy Affeldt 0

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Jeremy Affeldt is out for the season after surgery Friday to repair nerve damage in his right hand sustained when he suffered a cut while trying to separate frozen hamburger patties during a Thursday evening BBQ.

Yes, frozen hamburger patties.

First, you’re making $4.5 million per year based on your ability to grip and throw a baseball.  Maybe it’s not such a good idea to do stupid things with sharp knives?  And, for what it’s worth, I’ve done this before; it’s actually quite a bit easier to separate the patties with a dull butter knife.  They’re thicker and they won’t twist

Second, you’re making $4.5 million per year and using frozen hamburger patties for a BBQ?

It’s not Affeldt’s pitching hand, so this shouldn’t have any lingering effects going into 2012.  And if the Giants still had a real shot of playing in October, they probably wouldn’t be ruling the lefty out for the season just yet.

Still, given that this random act of stupidity is going to cost the Giants one of their best relievers for the final three weeks of the season, Affeldt should at least go ahead and donate the remaining half-million he’s due this year to charity so some good would come it.

Rakuten Golden Eagles sign Jabari Blash

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Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.

The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.

The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.