The Padres are off to a horrible start, so a housecleaning might be forthcoming. Who stays and who goes?
The San Diego Padres, perhaps predictably, have gotten off to a miserable start in 2012. Although expectations were not high coming into the season, almost nothing has gone right for the club. Between injuries and ineffectiveness, not to mention ongoing ownership/television deal issues (I live 15 minutes from Petco Park and cannot watch the team on TV in my home, which might qualify as “charmingly retro” if it weren't so annoying), the Padres are staring at their worst-case scenario only a month into the campaign.
Last week, Kevin Goldsteinsuggested that a “housecleaning in San Diego could be coming.” Reader pobothecat wondered what such a housecleaning might look like, and so did I.
Brian Wilson experiences more elbow soreness, Carlos Marmol's MRI comes back clean, Zach Britton gets good news about his shoulder, and Orlando Hudson's groin continues to keep him off the field.
Brian Wilson, San Francisco Giants (Right elbow soreness)
After finally appearing to be over his 2011 elbow problems, Wilson developed soreness in his right elbow, which has to have everyone concerned. He missed over a month last season due to a strain of the flexor muscle mass on the inside aspect of his elbow. In addition to contributing to force reproduction levels necessary to throw the ball in the upper 90s, the flexor mass is an important stabilizer to the ligament, made famous by Tommy John (with an assist from Dr. Frank Jobe).
Velocity is one of the factors that have been associated with injuries to this ligament in throwers. Whenever a pitcher experiences multiple bouts of elbow pain within a year’s time, there has to be concern about some underlying cause, whether it is ligament, cartilage, or tendon damage. Wilson was able to throw in a minor-league game on Thursday and kept his velocity in the upper 90s. He’s not out of the woods yet, but for now, he’s day to day.
The tater trots for September 17: Curtis Granderson join the 40 homer club while helping Mariano Rivera join a much more exclusive club.
Where did summer go? The calendar still says there's four days left of summer, but you wouldn't know it by the weather. Thankfully, the boys of summer play on through these weird pseudo-falls and all the way into October. Weather aside, it's a great time of year.
The tater trots for August 30: Cervelli is pegged, Mike Trout slugs, Orlando Hudson trots.
There was some controversy in Tuesday's Yankees/Red Sox game when John Lackey appeared to hit Francisco Cervelli on purpose. In the previous at-bat, Cervelli had hit a home run and, upon touching home plate, slapped his hands emphatically. Lackey thought Cervelli was showing him up, while Cervelli just thought he was showing excitement. The plunking caused the benches to clear (including the stupidest thing in all of baseball, the bullpens running in together from 300 feet away), but nothing happened except a lot of posturing.
Jed Lowrie is awesome, Orlando Hudson has his uses despite Petco, and the first NL/AL-only group of middle infielders.
This week we'll look at some names heading in and out of the Value Picks portfolio because of interesting recent performance. Of course, as my colleague Mike Street pointed out yesterday, we'll also be debuting a new feature in which we look at one AL- or NL-only option for you deeper league players.
The 10 best free agents at the skill positions, plus who to avoid, and more.
The up-the-middle positions are known as the skill positions for a good reason. Catchers, shortstops, second basemen, and center fielders are hard to find. And the ones who play the positions well defensively? They're even harder yet to find. And if you find one that hits well enough to make you forget he's "just" an up-the-middle guy, I'm sure there are some inquiring minds who would like to know how you found him.