Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Hot Corner, 5/30 edition

Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez returned to the lineup today and had two hits in the win against the New York Mets.

Mets starter Tim Redding may not be in the Mets' rotation for much longer after another poor performance. His ERA now is 9.20.

David Lennon of Newsday was confused by Mets manager Jerry Manuel's decisions not pull Fernando Martinez for not running out a pop-out and to sit David Murphy following a five-RBI game.

Dwight "Doc" Gooden is opening a baseball academy in New Jersey.

The Mets traded Ramon Castro to the White Sox for right-handed pitcher Lance Broadway, who will report to Triple-A Buffalo.

Are the Yankees and Red Sox targeting the same prospect - David Renfro, who also is considering accepting a scholarship to Mississippi?

Due to his social anxiety disorder, Khalil Greene was placed on the disabled list by the St. Louis Cardinals, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

After electing to have hip surgery, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Brett Myers will likely miss the remainder of the 2009 season.

Kansas City Royals closer Joakim Soria may be activated from the DL without a stint at Triple-A Omaha.

Reds manager Dusty Baker said of his team: "We have guys who get along, no jealousies, and they like playing together. They are highly competitive against the other team and highly competitive with each other and with no jealousy."

Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit is still three weeks away from returning.

The plantar fasciitis in his left foot has landed White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 26th.

Bobby Crosby says of playing all four infield positions for the A's: "It is interesting coming to the park and not knowing where I'm going to play. At the same time, it would be more fun knowing you have one spot and working on that one spot. It is a challenge, which is always good."

Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano is dealing with a sore left knee, but he "can still play."

Astros closer Jose Valverde rejoined the team on Friday. “Next week I’m going to throw bullpens and then live batting practice. Then the week after that I’ll go to Round Rock or Double-A. That’s what I’m expecting.”

The Minnesota Twins have placed shortstop Nick Punto on the 15-day DL with a right groin strain.

Reigning A.L. MVP Dustin Pedroia hasn't homered since Opening Day.

Until Aramis Ramirez returns, the Cubs will play Mike Fontenot at third.

According to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, Yankees starter Andy Pettitte will do a limited program to get ready for his next start after having back issues last night.

A tight hamstring kept Dodgers third baseman Casey Blake out of the lineup on Saturday.

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