Wednesday, April 20, 2005

For My Next Trick

... I'll give out tonight's winning lotto numbers: 6, 4 and 3.

Hector Carrasco, on whom I dug up an article on yesterday, gets the callup to the big leagues as the injuries begin to mount.

TJ Tucker strained his groin (ripped? tore? Rip Torn?) when his foot got caught in the pitcher's mound. Ouch!

I guess Tony Armas has started a trend!

To clear a spot for Carrasco, Tucker was officially placed on the 15-day DL, and the eternally-injured Alex Escobar was placed on the 60-day DL to free up a spot on the 40-man roster. (A player on the 60-day does not count against the team's 40-man roster limits)

Carrasco has had an interesting career, bouncing around various teams, but usually useful in middle or long relief. He'll need to sponge up some innings and take a load off some of our increasingly overworked relievers before their arms fall off.

Frank hasn't had any problem throwing Gary Majewski out there immediately. With Puberty Boy on the mound today, he'll probably be needed by about the fourth! :)

Tucker's injury does raise another question though... Is the field up to standard? There have been several complaints about the mound -- remember Livan complaining about the mound Opening Night? And some of the Arizona players complained about the field, notably Koyie Hill, who blamed the Nats' double steal on Sunday, on his inability to get good footing.

The Times reports that they've brought in the pros -- the groundscrew from Vierra to help them out, especially with the mound. That's the most important, obviously. We can't afford to have our players hurt for stupid reasons.


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