Cody Ross became the sixth Red Sox outfielder on the disabled list when he was diagnosed with a broken bone in his left foot yesterday and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Boston is calling up Scott Podsednik from Triple-A.
Podsednik failed to beat out Juan Pierre for a spot on the Phillies’ bench this spring and then hit just .203 in 22 games at Triple-A, at which point Philadelphia sold the 36-year-old veteran to Boston.
He was much better at Triple-A for the Red Sox, hitting .323 with two steals in nine games. That’s not much, but obviously the Red Sox are desperate for warm bodies in the outfield at this point and there’s at least some hope that Podsednik can get on base at a decent clip and run a bit. He didn’t play in the majors at all last season, but hit .297 with a .342 on-base percentage in 134 games for the Royals and Dodgers in 2010.
Cubs closer Brandon Morrow has been out since the All-Star break with a bone bruise and biceps inflammation. In recent days there had been hope that he would be activated in the season’s final two weeks in order to be ready for the playoffs, but that’s not happening: Theo Epstein just said that Morrow is done for the season.
It’s not the first time good expectations for Morrow’s recovery were not met. When he was placed on the DL back in July manager Joe Maddon said he didn’t anticipate Morrow being on the DL for much more than the minimum 10 days. Two months later and here we are.
Morrow, 34, had an excellent season until the arm trouble started, saving 22 games with a 1.47 ERA and a 31/9 K/BB ratio in 30.2 innings. Once he went out the closer’s duties fell to Pedro Strop. Now Strop too is out for at least the rest of the regular season and likely more due to a hamstring strain he suffered last week while running the bases.
Bullpens become a lot more important in the postseason. The Cubs’ bullpen is becoming thinner.