Monday, April 20, 2009

The Hot Corner - new (almost) daily feature

Starting today (and every day going forward whenever we feel like it) we are going to compile a list of news, notes, quotes and rumors around Major League Baseball. And we're going to call it ... [drum roll, please] ... The Hot Corner.

So, here we go (try to keep up):

Rays OF B.J. Upton left yesterday's game in the second inning, but he is day-to-day and expected to play Tuesday against the Mariners.

Twins set-up man Jesse Crain landed on 15-day DL and Jose Mijares will be recalled from Triple-A. Mijares, Luis Ayala and Matt Guerrier will compete for the set-up job.

Boston Red Sox shortstop Jed Lowrie could have surgery on his wrist in the next few days and miss a few months.

Barry Zito is one of the latest pro athletes on Twitter. However, it may not have been a wise move if this is how he's going to use it.

The Royals Zack Greinke and the Rangers Ian Kinsler have been named A.L. Players of the Week.

A-Rod hit 10 homers in 75 swings during batting practice today.

Braves catcher Brian McCann may need Lasik surgery (last resort) again. He first had it in 2007, but he is suffering from blurry vision and dryness in one eye. He has one hit in his last 20 at bats.

Is Dwight Gooden adding some history and nostalgia to Citi Field, the Mets' new home? Or is he turning it into a bathroom stall? Gooden, at the request of a fan, signed the wall inside Ebbets Club Doc Gooden 84 R.O.Y., 85 Cy Young, 86 W.S. Champs.”

The Dodgers have outscored their opponents 50-17 during their current homestand including 19-0 in lucky inning number seven.

So far this season, I have as many hits as Rangers outfielder David Murphy has. Except I've done it 18 fewer at bats. Murphy is 0-for-18 and the minors could be his next stop.

Average baseball attendance is nearly 7 percent lower than it was to end last year. (Of course, that's better than the performance turned in by many financial stocks today including that of my employer.)

Twins catcher Joe Mauer, scheduled to play a simulated game today, could return (knock on wood) May 1st.

The Angels are considering reclaiming pitcher Darren O'Day, who was designated for assignment by the Mets, for the princely sum of $25,000. O'Day pitched 30 games for the Angels in 2008.

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