Week one of Alex Rodriguez’s disciplinary hearing has come and gone, with another week likely still remaining to be scheduled around the arbitrator’s other commitments at some point in the near future.
Brett Lawrie was right to be upset about the two strikes that got him ejected on Tuesday, but framer extraordinaire Jose Molina had as much to do with the calls as umpire Bill Miller.
On Tuesday night, the Rays beat the Blue Jays 4-3. All of the scoring was over by the seventh, but the real action occurred in the bottom of the ninth, when Brett Lawrie was ejected by umpire Bill Miller after arguing balls and strikes, first with loud body language, then with loud words, and finally by transforming his helmet into flying suspension bait. Lawrie probably brushes his teeth more intensely than you’ve ever done anything, so you can only imagine what he looks like when he’s called out on borderline pitches in a close game against a division rival. Actually, that’s not true—imagining it isn’t the only thing you can do. You can also watch this video:
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Kyle Lohse is headed for surgery on a rare arm injury, along with other medical news from around the major leagues.
Kyle Lohse (compartment syndrome in forearm, ERD 9/1)
After reading Joe Strauss' story on Lohse, I erased most of what I had written about the Cardinals right-hander. Not because it was wrong, but because Strauss hit it out of the park, like an Albert Pujols homer. There's barely not a need to add anything here, but I have one thing that Strauss doesn't have—my injury database. There was one other pitcher with this diagnosis and it's both recent and convoluted. Noah Lowry was diagnosed with compartment syndrome, had the surgery and got no relief. Instead, he needed a second surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. Last I heard, he was getting ready to throw back in spring training, but I'm not sure if he ever did. That's not something Lohse or the Cards are going to want to hear. Lohse's visit to the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic found him to have compartment syndrome in his forearm. I'm assuming that world-class facility both knew of Lowry's case and checked for that possibility. Still, it's hardly a surprise that it was so tough to diagnose. The recovery time from surgery is estimated at around seven weeks for motocross riders, who evidently get this from the combination of leaning on their arms, the vibration and stress, and the twisting motion of the throttle. For a pitcher, it's all guesswork. Lohse is likely headed for surgery in the very near future with little chance that he'll get back this season. I'm not ready to say "done for the season," but the Cardinals are going to have to operate under that assumption as they look in-house and out for a replacement.
Steven chimes in on the Delmon Young fiasco, looking to history for a bit of guidance.
That Labor Day at Toledo, Derr was calling the plays at first base. The Mudhens had been leading the pennant race, but were in the midst of a losing streak that had dropped them out of first place; tempers were running short. When Derr called a Mudhen out on a close play at first base, Stengel came running out to argue. Whatever he said--use your imagination--it got him thumbed from the game. That was standard operating procedure. What happened next was new. Stengel didn't leave the field. He turned towards the stands and began conducting them like a band leader, exhorting them. Writing about it a few days later, John Kieran of the New York Times said,
Digging into the BP vault, here's Doug Pappas' Q&A on MLB's drug-testing and steroids policies (originally ran March 4, 2004).
Q. Where can I find a copy of MLB's drug testing rules?
A. They're part of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, set forth as Attachment 18 to the current collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The CBA, in .pdf format, can be downloaded here.
New York (BP) -- Major League Baseball announced the suspension of 40 major leaguers, including Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr. and Roberto Alomar, for possession and use of performance-enhancing genes.
"Competitive balance, baseball's hallowed records and traditions, and the financial viability of several small-market franchises is being threatened by a race of genetically-enhanced supermen," said owners' representative Bud Selig. "If we do not stop these athletic freaks here and now, 89% of all major-league franchises will go bankrupt before the end of the month."