Some things to read while getting your MST3K fix.
Today's biggest news is, without question, the health of . After complaining of abdominal pain during Saturday's game and again on Sunday, Hart left the clubhouse before yesterday's game and ended up having an appendectomy in San Diego last night. Hart will be placed on the DL and is expected to miss a minimum of 2-3 weeks. Michael Street of Baseball Digest Daily wonders if losing him might be the last straw for the Crew.
Hart will be replaced on the roster by , who returns to the team after just a few days in AAA. Hall was 4-for-8 in AAA entering play yesterday, but went 0-for-6 with a walk and three strikeouts in a doubleheader last night. Hall and are expected to platoon in right field while Hart is out.
At least one Brewer starting pitcher on the DL is getting closer to returning: Dave Bush threw 25 pitches in a bullpen session yesterday, and could head out on a rehab assignment as soon as the end of this week. , meanwhile, is complaining of "fatigue" in his strained oblique muscle when he throws. He's not expected to miss much more than 15 days, at any rate.
With Bush and Suppan still out, the Brewers made one minor move at the trading deadline, picking up Claudio Vargas from the Dodgers in exchange for . There's plenty of reaction from all over the web on that move:
- Gordon Edes of Yahoo listed the Brewers as a trade deadline loser.
- Right Field Bleachers notcied Tim Kurkijian's disappointment with the Brewers as well.
- John Sickels of Minor League Ball says Vargas has more value than Rottino.
- Rottino and the Brewers parted with no hard feelings. Rottino will be assigned to the Dodgers' AA team.
- was returned to AAA to make room for Vargas on the roster.
- Over at The Hardball Times, Jeff says that, if Doug Melvin was going to acquire a stopgap fifth starter, he at least should have acquired one he hasn't had before.
Here's the first few paragraphs of Anthony Witrado's story on Vargas from this weekend:
The last timewas in a clubhouse, he was packing his belongings and trying to figure out what had just happened to him.
That was during spring training last year right after Vargas, who wasn't pitching poorly, was released by the club because, get this, they had an abundance of starting pitching.
How times have changed.
Actually, after two slow-moving appearances where Vargas allowed four baserunners and two earned runs in 1.1 innings of work, maybe times haven't changed that much at all. It could always be worse, though: The Brewers could sign surfaced in Speculationville.
The Brewers managed to win just one of three games over the weekend in San Diego, and are digging themselves a pretty deep hole in the NL Central:
- Cool Standings gives the Brewers a 7.6% shot at making the playoffs.
- Adam McCalvy noted that the are on pace for 88 wins, and the Brewers would have to go 37-21 (36-21 following yesterday's win) down the stretch to reach that mark.
- Vegas is giving the Brewers 50-1 odds of winning the World Series.
With that said, Tyler Maas has ten reasons to keep watching the Brewers down the stretch.
As the Brewers pitching continues to struggle, the calls continue to come for Bill Castro's head, but Drew Olson of OnMilwaukee.com says firing Castro would be the wrong decision.
made some very impressive defensive plays over the weekend, but still came in 15th of 16 NL first basemen in Baseball Digest Daily's defensive rankings. The good news for the Brewers: Craig Counsell finished first among second basemen.
In the minors:
- missed a few games recently to attend to a family matter. I've heard his wife is giving birth to a child, but don't have a source to confirm it. He's expected to rejoin the Sounds tomorrow. has
- Escobar ranked eleventh on Jonathan Mayo's list of baseball's top 50 prospects. (h/t Larry Stone)
- Project Prospect's Top 25. ranked 13th and Alcides Escobar 24th in
With Friday's trade deadline, it's been a busy weekend on the transaction wire:
Blue Jays: Placed reliever on the DL with an injury to his left big toe.
Braves: Acquired Adam LaRoche from the for .
Giants: Placed outfielder on the DL with a hamstring strain.
Indians: Designated relievers and for assignment.
Mariners: Designated first baseman for assignment.
Marlins: Acquired Nick Johnson from the for a minor league pitcher and placed Burke Badenhop on the DL with a sore neck.
Mets: Designated for assignment.
Orioles: Placed pitcher on the DL with a bruised shin.
Padres: Released Mark Prior.
Rangers: Placed on the DL with a hamstring strain.
Rays: Signed reliever and added him to their 25-man roster.
Red Sox: Acquired Victor Martinez from the for and two minor league pitchers.
Reds: Acquired Scott Rolen from the for three minor leaguers and traded Jerry Hairston to the for a minor league catcher.
Rockies: Acquired Joe Beimel from the Nationals for two minor leaguers and placed reliever Juan Rincon on the DL with elbow stiffness.
Tigers: Acquired Jarrod Washburn from the for Luke French and a minor league pitcher.
Twins: Acquired Orlando Cabrera from the A's for a minor league shortstop.
White Sox: Acquired Jake Peavy from the for and three minor league pitchers.
Some parents pick their children's names out of baby books or name them after relatives. Not everyone does it that way, though: Here's the story of how the parents of rookie got his name off a beer can.
On this day in 1997, hit a pinch hit home run for the second straight day. The Brewers lost both games to the Mariners.
Happy birthday today to Justin Lehr, who pitched in 39 games for the Brewers in 2005 and 2006 and turns 32 today.