Thursday, April 20, 2006

Fouled-Off Bunts: Mugshots Galore Edition

Our friends at the Big Lead have found the Joy Browning mugshot. Pair it with the Jim Bowden mugshot, and you'll have the whole set.

Their attorney issued a statement denying the domestic battery charges, but had no comment on the DUI. He's back in town now, so make sure your collision premiums are paid.

  • I hope Saul Rivera enjoyed his brief pay raise. He returns to New Orleans with an unblemished ERA as Billy Traber gets the callup to pitch tonight against the Phillies.

  • Cristian Guzman, who's recovering from a minor tear in his labrum, is expected to go on a rehab assignment this weekend. He's been taking BP and fielding some grounders, and has reported only a little tightness.

  • Robert Fick went 0-4 on the first day of his rehab assigment. It seems like they're going to give him plenty of time, and plenty of ABs down there.

  • Pedro Astacio had a bullpen session, but is still at least 3-4 weeks away from being ready; he'll need some time in the minors to knock the rust off his arm.

  • Svrluga has two book signings you may be interested in:
    Friday, April 21 at 12:30 p.m. at the Borders on L and 18th Sts. NW, right downtown, and Monday, April 24 at 7 p.m. at the Olsson's on 7th St. NW near Verizon Center.

    I haven't picked up his book yet, but there are two chapters of it available online if you want to get a feel for it. Here's the first chapter, which describes the difficult the club's employees faced while living in a trailer down by the river. Here's another chapter discussing Brian Schneider and his role as receiver of President Bush's first pitch.

  • Terrmel Sledge, who certain MLB.com beat writers say is going to be a star, was sent to the minors by the San Diego Padres. I guess in fairness to the writer, he didn't say that he'd be a star in the majors. Expect Sledge to rip through the PCL, where he's likely to be an All-Star.

  • Spilt Milk Watch
    Brad Wilkerson  .200/ .250/ .367, 4 walks, 25!? strikeouts.
    Vinny Castilla .333/ .370/ .458, 7 RBI
    Jamey Carroll .278/ .316/ .278, no extra-base hits in Coors!?
    Terrmel Sledge .160/ .276/ .200, demotion to Triple-A
    Preston Wilson .241/ .290/ .466, 4 homers, 18 strikeouts
    Gary Bennett .222/ .222/ .222, 0 passed balls

    Claudio Vargas 4.82 ERA, 9.1 IP
    Zach Day 10.80 ERA, 13.1 IP
    Tomo Ohka 3.00 ERA, 18.0 IP
    Hector Carrasco 2.89 ERA, 9.1 IP
    Esteban Loaiza 8.59 ERA, 14.2 IP


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