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Will covers the injury angles of yesterday's big deals and checks in on UTK regulars Andy Pettitte, Jason Giambi and Mark Prior.
Still, the topic of the night wasn't injuries, prospects, or even the appearance of newly-promoted Assistant GM Jon Daniels. The topic we all came back to was the lack of trades, and even the lack of talk of possible trades. At best, I had hints - the Yankees weren't getting Randy Johnson, the Twins had cold feet on Kris Benson, and the Marlins were going to be active.
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Vin Scully broke the news that Brian Jordan has elected to have season ending surgery to re-repair his patellar tendon. Jordan has indicated that surgery likely means the end of his career, but this hasn't been made official yet. Jordan's loss will further cripple an already limping Dodger offense. The question of insurance may decide how Dan Evans moves forward, but the opacity of these transactions means we'll likely never know the effect.
While there's no hard data, there's plenty of anecdotal evidence to implicate the hard turf at Stade Olympique. Jim Thome is the latest to have problems with his back there, and the Phillies aren't taking any chances. Thome was lifted during Tuesday's game and was out of the lineup for Wednesday. Team sources say he'll be back at first when the team moves on to New York.
Transaction talk isn't my beat, but some moves say more about a team than anything else off the field. With Kevin Mench down for eight weeks while his fractured hand heals, the Rangers called up Laynce Nix. I'm sure Jamey Newberg (of the phenomenal Newberg Report) is excited to see the future in Arlington, but one problem with seeing the future is that it usually means the present sucks. Mench should return in the normal timeframe with no serious effects. There were some rumors that Mench was headed to Cleveland, but a source on both sides of that deal denied anything was close.
While the Giants await the report from a team of physicians and radiologists, Kirk Rueter is headed to the DL. Rueter is famous for his tenaciousness, so the pain he felt in his shoulder had to be immense. Stan Conte and the Giants took no chances with Rueter, getting him into an MRI before the game was even complete. The worst result might be not finding something. With any injury, there's a treatment, but with non-specific, diffuse pain, a trainer or doctor is at best chasing symptoms. A loss of Rueter for any period of time would be a blow, but the Giants don't lack pitching depth--Jim Brower is the likeliest candidate to pick up any missed starts. Sadly, Boof Bonser is still a couple years away.