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May 27, 2012 11:05 PM GMT
Two more closers—Seattle's Brandon League and the Chicago Cubs' Rafael Dolis—have been demoted from their roles, but their successors are far from clear. How do the candidates stack up?
May 26, 2012 11:05 PM GMT
After slugger Carlos Santana (C, CLE) absorbed a foul ball to his facemask on Friday, CLE placed him on the seven-day concussion DL following reported post-game dizziness. Santana will be eligible to return to the team next week, but must first pass a series of concussion tests to be cleared for baseball activities.
May 25, 2012 11:05 PM GMT
Manny Parra (LHP, MIL) has been named as the rotation replacement for injured Marco Estrada (RHP, MIL), likely sidelined for three to four starts with a right quadriceps strain. Parra has displayed intriguing skills, including 9.2 Dom, 2.8 Cmd, 106 BPV, and a 52% GB%, in 19 relief appearances, spanning 24 IP. Those numbers correspond with his previous career marks in relief (86 IP): 3.34 ERA, with 9.6 Dom and 3.0 Cmd.
May 24, 2012 11:05 PM GMT
Skipper Robin Ventura confirmed earlier this week that which had become obvious from recent usage patterns: that Addison Reed (RHP, CHW) was now the team's primary closer. After naming Hector Santiago (LHP, CHW), then the infamous "committee" as the team's stopper over the first six-plus weeks, Ventura seems to have put his stamp on what skills-based analysts have been saying all along: that given his high strikeout rate (11.5 Dom), good Cmd (2.4), Reed is the best Sox reliever to have at the end of the game.
May 23, 2012 11:05 PM GMT
Manager Davey Johnson announced Tuesday that Henry Rodriguez (RHP, WAS) is being removed from the closer role and being replaced by a committee consisting of Tyler Clippard (RHP, WAS), Sean Burnett (LHP, WAS), and Craig Stammen (RHP, WAS) until Drew Storen (RHP, WAS) returns from the DL around July 1. The committee was officially launched on Tuesday night, with Clippard getting the first save opportunity and converting. Let's see what skills each brings to the table.
May 22, 2012 11:05 PM GMT
Kevin Youkilis (3B, BOS) was activated from the disabled list, got the start at first base, and homered in his first game back. Following a disappointing, injury-plagued 2011 season, he was off to a very slow start before hurting his back. In a small sample of 64 at-bats, Youkilis had seen his contact rate dip to 69% and his walk rate to 7%, and his uncharacteristically low 0.25 Eye had led to a .219 batting average. He was also lacking in the power department, as with a 20% fly ball rate, he had just a 91 PX and two home runs.
May 21, 2012 11:05 PM GMT
Neftali Feliz has a frayed elbow ligament—and an equally poor 2012 outlook. Also, Middlebrooks and Bourjos get new life due to injuries, WAS looks like the latest closer committee, and more ...
May 20, 2012 11:05 PM GMT
How things have changed in St. Louis. Just a week ago, we were writing about the Cardinals perhaps having nowhere to play Allen Craig, and now Lance Berkman has joined him on the sidelines. Also out: the A's Brandon McCarthy. Who will fill these voids? In one case at least, a top prospect...
May 19, 2012 11:05 PM GMT
Sean Marshall hasn't been bad, but per CIN Mgr Dusty Baker, Aroldis Chapman has been better. Gaby Sanchez demotion, Bonifacio injury shuffle MIA PT, and more ...
May 18, 2012 11:05 PM GMT
Geovany Soto (C, CHC) was placed on the 15-day DL Friday with a torn left meniscus. He will have arthroscopic knee surgery and is likely to miss 3-6 weeks. Wellington Castillo (C, CHC), an April callup, will assume regular catching duties until backup Steve Clevenger's (C, CHC) likely late-May return from a strained oblique. Career minor-leaguer Blake Lalli (C, CHC), profiled in Callups, was added to the roster as Castillo's temporary backup.
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