May 2005 - Baseball Wiretap
Burroughs Hurrying Back From Injury Before 3B Job Is Lost
Sean Burroughs has been battling injuries and Geoff Blum has been playing well in his stead. "Right now," said manager Bruce Bochy, "I would not change the lineup at this point." Burroughs last night missed his fifth consecutive start because of hamstring and quadriceps strains in his left leg. "Sean is at least two or three days before being ready," trainer Todd Hutcheson said.
Juan Gonzalez To Return For First Time In Over A Year
Juan Gonzalez, sidelined all season with a strained hamstring, was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday and the oft-injured slugger will be with the Cleveland Indians on their season-long, 12-game road trip. To make room for Gonzalez, the club designated outfielder Ryan Ludwick for assignment. He hasn't played in a major league game since May 21, 2004. After signing as a free agent in January, the two-time AL MVP made Cleveland's roster during spring training but hurt his right hamstring while making a catch on the same day manager Eric Wedge announced that Gonzalez was his starting right fielder.
Weaver And Drew Agree To Terms Minutes Before Deadline
Jered Weaver and Stephen Drew both agreed to terms minutes before Monday's midnight EDT deadline for signing picks in last year's draft, ending the longest holdouts in draft history. Weaver, a former Long Beach State right-hander selected 12th overall by the Angels, accepted a $4 million bonus pending a physical. Los Angeles scouting director Eddie Bane said Weaver likely would begin his pro career at high Class A Rancho Cucamonga. "Now everybody's happy," Bane said. "We can just talk about baseball now. We're pretty excited." Drew, a former Florida State shortstop, signed a five-year big league contract with the Diamondbacks, who took him 15th. Drew will receive a $4 million bonus to be paid over four years and is guaranteed at least $5.5 million. He also can make another $2 million in incentives that a source close to the negotiations describes as easily attainable. "It turned out to be a long and arduous battle, but in the end the player is going to be happy and we're happy to have him," Diamondbacks managing partner Ken Kendrick said.
Buddy Bell Takes Over The Helm In Kansas City
Cleveland Indians bench coach Buddy Bell was hired as manager of the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday, taking over the team with the worst record in the majors. Bell's contract with Kansas City runs through the 2007 season. He will be in uniform when the Royals begin a series with the New York Yankees tonight, ESPN Insider Jerry Crasnick reports. General manager Allard Baird told ESPN.com that he was prepared to wait until the end of the season to hire a new manager, but said he decided to act quickly because he was convinced Bell was the right fit for the organization. "We're in a rebuilding mode," Baird said, "and it's all about direction, development and winning ball games. Buddy has been involved in a rebuilding mode in Cleveland for a couple of years, and he has a presence about him. "The other thing I like is that he was brought to the big leagues at 20 years old, and by age 21 he was on his first All-Star team. He knows the challenges for young kids, and we have a lot of 21, 22 and 23 year-old kids."
Oakland Activates Bobby Crosby
The Oakland Athletics activated shortstop Bobby Crosby from the 15-day disabled list Monday, and optioned struggling infielder Keith Ginter to Triple-A Sacramento. Crosby, last season's AL Rookie of the Year, played on Opening Day before going on the disabled list April 6 with two broken ribs. He went 1-for-12 on a three-day rehabilitation assignment with Sacramento last weekend, but the A's couldn't wait any longer to get help for their struggling offense. "I think physically I'm definitely ready," Crosby said before the A's played the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to begin a seven-game homestand. "Mentally, I think it will be a little tougher on me. I didn't perform the way I wanted to in Triple-A. I think I can benefit the team more by playing."
Thomas Leaves Game With Strained Hip Flexor In First Game Back
In his first appearance in the major leagues since breaking a bone in his left ankle last July 6, Frank Thomas strained a hip flexor and left in the seventh inning Monday as the Chicago White Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-4. Thomas, who went 0-for-2 with a walk, said his latest injury wasn't serious. "I just felt a little twinge in the hip flexor," he said. "It was just one of those things you don't want to get out of hand by hitting a line drive and having to leg it out. It's a day-by-day situation, and I'm feeling good. I didn't want to go out on the first day and be down for two weeks."
Harang Strikes Out 10 In Reds' 9-0 Victory Over Houston
Aaron Harang tied his career high with 10 strikeouts and benefited from a three-RBI performance by Joe Randa as the Reds snapped a four-game road losing streak with a 9-0 victory over Roger Clemens and the Houston Astros. ``We didn't know what to expect out of Aaron, and to get seven innings out of him was great,'' Miley said. ``He got fatigued after the seventh but that was solid pitching right there. He made pitches he needed to.''
White Sox Extend Ozzie Guillen
The Chicago White Sox extended the contract of manager Ozzie Guillen on Monday, making the move while the team had the best record in the majors. The White Sox picked up the 2006 option on Guillen's contract, added two more years and included an option for the 2009 season. In Guillen's second year as manager, the White Sox entered Monday's game against the Los Angeles Angels with a 33-17 record. They had been in first place in the AL Central from the first day of the season. Guillen, 41, is the 37th manager in White Sox history and has a 116-96 record with the team. He is the second-youngest manager in the majors behind Cleveland's Eric Wedge.
Penny Looking For Extension
Brad Penny would like the Dodgers to offer him a contract extension, and his agent recently took the first step by sending a proposal to General Manager Paul DePodesta. "This is a good place to play, this team will always compete for the playoffs," Penny said. "I'd like to stay." Penny, 27, will become a free agent at the end of the season if he doesn't get an extension. He is making $5.2 million this season and may command a salary of $7 million to $9 million a year if he remains healthy. His situation is complicated by the unusual biceps nerve injury he suffered last season.
Reliever Herges Designated For Assignment
Matt Herges was designated for assignment Sunday to make room for newly acquired relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins on the Giants' 25-man roster. "The whole bullpen is being reshaped," Giants general manager Brian Sabean said. "We felt in letting Herges go that we could cover what his innings would have been with someone else in the bullpen. He was the odd man out." He was 1-1 this year with a 4.71 ERA in 21 appearances. "I remember how game he was taking the ball, how competitive he was," Sabean said. "He was very durable, willing to do whatever he was asked."
Padres Set Franchise Record For Wins In A Month
The Padres are a franchise-best 20-6 in May, their most victories for any month, and they still have two home games with the Brewers before June arrives.
Mondesi May Call It Quits
Raul Mondesi will either go to the DL or retire altogether as he struggles with a sore right knee and old age.
Prior Diagnosed With A Broken Elbow; Out Two Months Or More
Prior could potentially miss the entire season with a hairline fracture in his left elbow.
Big Hurt To Make Big Return On Monday
Chicago's Frank Thomas has been out of action for 11 months after fracturing a bone in his ankle last July.
Massacre In New York
Joe Torre's Yankees suffered their worst defeat since 1928 losing 17-1 at home against the Boston Red Sox.
Giants Trade For Hawkins
The Cubs acquired two talented young pitchers in Jerome Williams and David Aardsma in exchange for the troubled LaTroy Hawkins.
Prior Breaks Pitching Arm
Mark Prior was hit with a line drive and although the X-rays were negative, but an MRI revealed a slight fracture.