Monday, May 4, 2009

The Hot Corner, 5/4 (PM) edition

Barry Bonds wishes the Giants had Manny Ramirez. "I wish we got him over here in the Giants organization, because these people would be going crazy."

Brewers team physician William Raasch says the MRI for leftfielder Ryan Braun, who sat for a third straight game tonight, shows "no structural issues, no tearing, no micro-tearing."

Braves catcher Brian McCann will play for the Rome Braves on Wednesday as part of his rehab assignment.

Rays third baseman Evan Longoria won the A.L. Player of the Week. Longoria hit .379 (11-for-29) with two homers and 14 RBIs.

Twins starter Francisco Liriano got his first win of the season against the Tigers tonight. He struck out nine batters in 7 1/3 innings.

Braves pitcher Tom Glavine was "encouraged" by his pain-free pitching session today.

After playing catch today, Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter said: "I'm excited all the time about getting back and feeling better. It didn't feel like I haven't thrown in 2½ weeks. It felt good."

The Phillies have pushed back Cole Hamels next start to Friday against the Braves.

Ryan Howard hit his seventh career grand slam in the fifth inning of Monday's game against the Cardinals. He is now tied with Mike Schmidt for the franchise record.

Yankees reliever Brian Bruney won't return from the DL a week from Thursday, which is when he is eligible to come off the DL.

On a possible Friday return for A-Rod: "Is Friday the day? I can't tell you," [manager Joe] Girardi said in New York. "So much of it just depends on how he feels and when he believes that he's ready to go. I have not really put a date on it, because I want to see how he bounces back on Wednesday or even tomorrow. You know, if he bounces back on Wednesday, it's up to him. When he feels that he's ready, we're probably going to take him back."

Joba's Momma arrested

The mother of New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain faces a felony charge for selling methamphetamine to an undercover officer in Nebraska in February.

She was arrested on Saturday and her bail was set at $5,000. She was charged today with delivery of an exceptionally hazardous drug.

The impact of the economy (and empty $2500 $1250 seats in Yankee Stadium) is being felt more than I would have ever imagined.

Perez out of, Takahashi into starting rotation

Per ESPN, the New York Mets have moved (previously) starting pitcher Oliver Perez to the bullpen.

Ken Takahashi will replace Perez in the starting lineup.

Perez has pitched horribly (1-2 record with 9.97 ERA) this season. In fact, his most recent start was relief-like (2 1/3 innings against the Phillies).

Cubs place Carlos Zambrano on DL

The Chicago Cubs have placed pitcher Carlos Zambrano on the 15-day DL.

Zambrano tweaked his hamstring yesterday while beating a bunt in the fifth inning.

Per the Chicago Sun-Times, GM Jim Hendry expects Zambrano will "probably need two to two-and-a-half weeks" to recover.

The Cubs recalled infielder Bobby Scales from Triple-A, but they will likely call up a starter from the minors to make what would have been Zambrano's start on Friday at Milwaukee.

Per Hendry, one pitcher it won't be is Jeff Samardzija, who has been working relief for the past 11 days.

The Hot Corner, 5/4 (A.M) edition

The Miami Dolphins have a new man in charge, Michael Dee, who spent the previous five years as COO of the Boston Red Sox.

Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Tom Gordon strained his hammy while tagging out Rickie Weeks at home plate.

Washington Nationals ex-closer Joel Hanrahan wants his old job back.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are off to a 10-0 start at home, besting the franchise's previous mark set by the 1946 Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field.

Speaking of his strained hamstring, "Of course it will be a [disabled-list stint]," [Milwaukee Brewers reliever Doug] Brocail said. "No doubt."

While Boston Red Sox pitcher John Smoltz won't be ready by June 1st, he'll be back at some point in June.

Detroit Tigers catcher Matt Treanor is expected to miss the rest of the season.

The Twins activated reliever Jesse Crain and sent Jose Morales to Triple-A Rochester even though he was hitting .340.

Padres closer Heath Bell is frustrated by the lack of save opportunities. "I'm not saying I'm the savior or anything. I just want to help out." From April 19th to May 3rd, Bell has appeared in only two games.

Is Colorado Rockies reliever Manny Corpas on way to minors? "I'm trying to do my job; I don't want to go down," [Corpas] said. "I don't know what happened. My confidence is OK, but I don't know what happened."

The Yankees and Red Sox face off for the first time at the new Yankees Stadium. Great seats are still available at half off (only $1250).

The Phillies have activated catcher Carlos Ruiz from the disabled list.

Baltimore Orioles manager Dave Trembley was ejected for arguing a called strike on Aubrey Huff in the fifth inning in Sunday's game.