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Quick hits: Harang done for the year

Aug 23, 2009, 12:40 PM EDT

Here’s a few quick hits to get you started for Sunday’s action:

– According to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse,
Aaron Harang will miss the rest of the season after undergoing an
emergency appendectomy. He finishes yet another disappointing
campaign at 6-14 with a 4.21 ERA. His 14 losses led the majors, while
only four other pitches gave up more homers (24 in 162 1/3 innings).
However, his 2.86 ERA over his last four starts give at least some hope
that he’ll be worth the $12.5 million owed to him next season.
Scott Rolen was activated from the disabled list to take his spot on the roster.

– On the heels of Aaron Cook going down with a strained right shoulder, the Rockies are on the verge of adding some reinforcements
in veterans Russ Ortiz and Jason Giambi. Ortiz was 3-6 with a 5.57 ERA
in 23 games (13 starts) with the Astros before being released on July
30. He was granted his release by the Yankees last week after going 2-1
with Triple-A Columbus. As for Giambi, he’ll function as a left-handed
bat off the bench. The 38-year-old slugger batted just .193/.332/.364
with 11 homers and 40 RBI before being released by the Athletics on
August 7. Both are expected to join the team when rosters expand in
September and would be eligible for post-season play.

– Oh, the ego. Jonathan Papelbon and Manny Delcarmen have expressed some concern
at the prospect of the Red Sox acquiring Billy Wagner. Papelbon went as
far to ask, “What has he done? Has he pitched this year?” while
comparing the potential move to Eric Gagne in 2007. The Red Sox
have until 1pm ET on Tuesday to complete a deal for the 38-year-old

  1. Mike - Aug 23, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    The Sox had better handle this carefully, and not piss Papelbon off, else you know what will happen when his contract is up. Yankees will swoop in and get him, perfect for them since Mo Rivera is on the glide path to retirement, and Papelbon would give them another 6-8 years of front-line closer capability.

  2. Jon G - Aug 23, 2009 at 3:33 PM

    I agree that Boston should handle this carefully, although I don’t think that the NYY have any interest whatsoever in Papelbon. I see them promoting from within, with either Hughes or Chamberlain replaced a retired Mo.

  3. Duder - Aug 23, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    For anyone familiar with the Boston media and the Sox, Paps has already expressed a desire to pitch for the Yanks in interviews. It is common knowledge there that he will go to NY as soon as his contract is up. He has repeatedly turned down every offer the Red Sox have made to extend him as well, and the Sox as a result have been grooming young stud Daniel Bard to take his spot once he leaves. This Wagner deal seems like further attempts by the Sox to solidify their closer spot once he leaves.

  4. PilotHawkeye - Aug 24, 2009 at 12:02 AM

    I must preface my remarks by saying that I am a Yankee fan. In my opinion, the acquisition of Wagner allows for an 8th inning bridge over to Papelbon. I do not believe that Wagner will be used in place of Papelbon.
    Now, as far as Papelbon coming to New York, NO THANK YOU!!! Mo is having another ‘Mo year’, and should be good next year as well. After that, if Mo decides to retire, I will tip my hat and say “THANK YOU MO”.

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