Monday, August 16, 2010

News and Notes

TEXAS
Boggs recalled though Cruz reports that his hammy has improved this morning (MRI on Monday). Boggs has been hot the last three weeks with an OPS of about .950. Harden to the DL with shoulder tendinitis retroactive to 8/8 (eligible 8/23). Pedro Strop was recalled on Saturday when Christian Guzman was placed on the DL with a strained quad. Strop has given up 0er in his last 11g: 9.1ip/6h/0er/1bb/17so/1xbh/.171baa. Arias is eligible to come off the DL today, but it isn't clear if TX wants to go that direction yet. Matt Treanor begins his rehab in OKC on Monday and will likely be ready to be activated on 8/23 unless TX decides to stick with Tea until the rosters expand.

Tuesday's starter is TBD but one would imagine that some combination of Harrison/Feldman/Ogando will cover the start. Holland does not appear to be ready as he had a pretty poor outing his last time out going only 2.1 innings on 59 pitches. Interestingly enough, if this is not a legit injury, I wonder if Harden does his rehab out of the OKC pen. He could be activated from the DL during the playoffs before a series or as an injury replacement and would only be useful in the pen. UPDATE: (TRS: Harden will be sent to Triple A Oklahoma City where he will begin pitching Tuesday on limited pitch counts.)

Nippert to AZL to continue his throwing program per TRS.


OKC REDHAWKS
Little-used bullpen stud Pedro Strop was called up from AAA but there is some speculation that he will be sent right back down again with Boggs recalled to provide OF depth while Cruz is evaluated. Strop should've been here since mid-season. I prefer that Harrison stick in OKC as rotation depth even though he might learn a thing or two about attacking hitters while in the pen. If you want a loogy for your pen now or in the playoffs, there appears to be no one better than Clay Rapada.

Tanner Scheppers pitched consecutive games out of the pen Friday/Saturday for the first time this year. He wasn't very sharp on Saturday leaving everything up in the zone and unable to get his CB over for strikes. He was a bit lucky to close the game out unscathed. Mike Kirkman has joined him in the pen pitching a shaky inning on Friday and reportedly going again on Sunday.

Craig Gentry appears to be out for the season with a broken wrist. It will be interesting to see if TX picks up a PR off the waiver wire to add to the playoff roster. Endy Chavez appears to be down for the count from his microfracture surgery while Andro notes that Willy Taveras will ink a AAA contract on Monday who was also playing in the Atlantic League. Chad Tracy seems set to miss the remainder of the season with the oblique injury he suffered in early July. BMac expects to be back in the AAA rotation in 7-10 days. Omar Beltre went 7 innings on Saturday after having skipped his last start due to shoulder soreness. I do not believe Beltre's shoulder will be able to endure a starter's regimen next year (and he will also be 29.6yo on opening day) as he has been dealing with the issue since the Fall of 2008, missing last year altogether, in addition to ST this year, coupled with a few DL stints and skipped starts this year. His shoulder is the real "ticking time bomb" on that staff.

Here are some OKC pieces by Ryan Abner of the Oklahoman:

Eppley and Rapada

Kirkman to Pen

8/14 Pregame Notes: Gentry, Tomlin, Treanor

8/13 Pregame Notes: Beltre, Tracy, BMac, Davis

RedHawks Report, 8/13

BMac on the Verge


FRISCO
Travis Chick has been traded to TX for cash and assigned to AA. One would hope that he takes Carlos Pimentel's place in the rotation and that he is sent back down to Bak; working up in the zone too much don't play in double A. Chick has been with the Camden Riversharks of the Atlantic lg for much of the season after going to ST with LAA. He pitched about 60 unimpressive innings with them before being picked up by Pittsburgh on July 27, starting a AAA game on 8/1 then reassigned to their AA club before landing in the Frisco roto. Clayton Hamilton was also plucked from semi-pro ball and assigned to the club.

Engel Beltre was activated from the DL after crashing into a wall about a week ago. Renny Osuna was taken off the inactive list after a week away from the team to attend to his wife's pregnancy.


BAKERSFIELD
Danny "meat head" Gutierrez promoted from Hickory into the Bak roto. Wieland and Ross to the pen to monitor their innings. Doyle promoted into the roto making a very nice debut as they stretch him out over the last month of the season. If I had a chance to talk to AJ Preller, I would ask him why Tony Doyle, Trevor Hurley, and Chad Bell all started out in the bullpen to begin the season when all of them probably could have started out in the Bak roto to begin with. Honestly, I just don't know. I'm hoping that Hurley might be stretched out over the last month as well, even if it is only as a tandem starter pitching 3-4 innings per appearance.




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