Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Brother, Can You Spare An Arm?

Another day, another injury.

John Patterson is complaining of a sore back -- the same injury that held him out for a week last month.

As a result, he might not make his scheduled start today in Pittsburgh.

Frank's options involve two other injured pitchers.

He can go with Sunny Kim on short rest. Kim left his last start with a cramped forearm. Coming back on short rest certainly won't help that.

His other option is Esteban Loaiza who was scratched from his previous start with a sore neck. Apparently, he was walking around the clubhouse yesterday with a heated neck brace.

Compounding the problem is the huge number of innings (and pitches) the bullpen has thrown over the last week. There aren't going to be many arms available for today's game. Ayala and Majewski are probably out. It'll probably be up to Cordero, Carrasco and Hughes. Ryan Drese 'only' threw 56 yesterday. Maybe he'd be available in an extreme emergency.

There's an offday tomorrow. It couldn't come at a better time.

  • Zach Day has started throwing. They've already said they're going to let him rehab for as long as they can. Don't call us, Zach. We'll call you.

  • TJ Tucker had an MRI, which showed a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament.

    That's not a good sign. Depending on the severity they could try rest. But, surgery is more likely.

    Wanna know more about it? There's plenty of info about what his future holds here.

  • Joey Eischen made his second rehab appearance for New Orleans. He didn't pitch all that well, giving up three hits and one run in one inning, but he can't come off the DL until 7/1 anyway.

  • Antonio Osuna (who was one of the Nats who restrained Guillen in the melee with the Angels) is rehabbing from his shoulder surgery. There's a chance he could be ready in late August.

  • Jose Vidro is progressing rapidly. He's been out of the walking boot for two weeks or so, and has started taking batting practice.

    It's possible that he could be back in 10 days, but Bowden said that he wants to take his time with it to ensure that there's not a relapse.

  • Henry Mateo is rehabbing with Potomac. With the addition of Spivey, he's superfluous anyway.

  • Jon Rauch had surgery on his torn labrum on May 31, but I haven't seen an update since then.


    • Come on down, Denny Naegle! He'll come in, win a 2-1 thriller and we'll all praise Bowden...ok that's a bit too far fetched.

      By Blogger Harper, at 6/22/2005 10:06 AM  

    • We were tossing his name around yesterday. For league minimum it couldn't hurt, I suppose. He's a flyball pitcher in a park tailor made for flyballs.

      Now, you'd just have to keep him off Mass Ave after dark...

      By Blogger Chris Needham, at 6/22/2005 10:07 AM  

    • He made 21 starts in '03; 26 in '02.

      He didn't start at all in '04 though.

      By Blogger Chris Needham, at 6/22/2005 10:53 AM  

    • Huston Street is writing a diary about his experiences as a new MLB player. His post today is about how shocked he was at the daily grind that is baseball, particularly the road trips and late nights.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/22/2005 3:37 PM  

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