Some things to read while getting extinguished.
Yesterday was a pretty quiet off day, but expect some news relatively early today: The team is expected to make a decision onand his concussion before opening their series with the Astros tonight, and a roster move could be in the works if he has to go on the DL.
Meanwhile, Five Numbers, Jeff Sullivan notes that Edmonds leads all major leaguers (with at least 200 PA) with a 28.6% line drive rate, and the defensive metrics are also still rating him as above average in center field.managed to play through his sore Achilles and pick up four hits in the series. As part of this week's
Elsewhere in role players, R.J. Anderson of FanGraphs has a look at . For as much as the organization has struggled to find and develop pitching, Doug Melvin deserves a fair amount of credit for always finding a way to pluck viable bench players out of obscurity.
Ryan Braun is hitting .550/.625/.600 during his current five game hitting streak, and hopefully his season is starting to turn around. He talked with Anthony Witrado this week about dealing with his extended struggles, which are a new experience for him.
In the minors:
- We're ten days away from the deadline for teams to sign their 2010 draft picks, and first round pick Dylan Covey is one of 18 remaining unsigned first round picks. Nine of the thirteen players drafted above him also haven't signed. Jim Callis of Baseball America said he expects Covey to sign for around $2 million.
- The affiliates went 3-3 yesterday, with Huntsville beating Carolina 5-3 in 13 innings on a walkoff home run from Minor League Notes. . The Stars have played four extra inning contests in their last five games. You can read about that and more in today's
- Andre Lamontagne started that game and pitched six hitless innings. Stars broadcaster Chad Anderson has more on his outing.
- The guys from StadiumJourney.com visited Joe W. Davis Stadium in Huntsville this week and, despite the fact that there were less than 500 fans in attendance, gave the park 3.4 out of 5 stars.
Once again, the impact of a disappointing season is being felt at the gate: Don Walker of the Journal Sentinel notes that the down 9.2% this season, the NL's second largest drop.' attendance is
At least naming rights sales help a bit, though: The Club Level of Miller Park is now the "PNC Bank Club Level."
Braves: Placed pitcher on the DL with a partial tear of the UCL in his throwing elbow.
Giants: Designated reliever for assignment.
Marlins: Signed third baseman Chad Tracy.
Nationals: Placed outfielder on the DL with inflammation in his right hip.
Orioles: Placed pitcher on the DL with a sprained ankle.
Phillies: Designated infielder for assignment.
Rockies: Placed pitcher on the DL with turf toe.
Royals: Designated outfielder for assignment.
With Nyjer Morgan on the DL, the stage has been set for the major league return of. Mench hasn't appeared in a major league game since hitting .243/.321/.357 in 131 plate appearances for the in 2008.
expected to undergo surgery on his left knee and is done for the season.catcher is already on the DL, but the news just got worse for one of the faces of the franchise's future: He's
I know a lot of baseball fans dream of visiting all 30 MLB parks, but maybe they'd be better off skipping Tropicana Field. Coming off a recent story showing that 100% of vendors at the park were cited for "critical violations," Rays Index has a story about beer vendors reusing cups.
On this day in 1973, Warren Spahn was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Happy birthday today to 2002-04 Brewer Luis Vizcaino, who turns 36.
I know today's Mug is a short one: If you've got time left, you can go watch people argue about chain restaurants.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to get back to Favre coverage.