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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Cliff Pennington has Bell’s Palsy

    Aug 2, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Pennington_Cliff

    That sounds more serious than it is — Bell’s Palsy is a temporary condition in most cases — but it’s not a malady you hear of all that often with ballplayers. But it got Cliff Pennington during last night’s game, causing him to suffer partial facial paralysis and preventing him from closing his left eye. Pennington is…

  2. Hey Hunter Pence … forgetting something?

    Aug 2, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Philadelphia Phillies

    Hunter Pence is 3 for 14 with an RBI — and the Phillies are undefeated in three games — since he was traded from Houston.  That’s great. He walked up to the plate in Colorado last night having forgotten to take the donut off his bat, however.  That’s not so great. And it’s especially not…

  3. So I guess the Mets were supposed to keep K-Rod and Beltran

    Aug 2, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Mets fans, prepare to roll your eyes. After years of seeing short-term plans fail to pan out, a changing of the guard at GM and the launching of a smart plan to shed baggage and contracts and try to align the Mets for a more solid long term footing, culminating in good trades of both…

  4. Lou Gehrig memorabilia from an unexpected source

    Aug 2, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    SPORT RIPKEN

    A pretty nifty story in the New York Times this morning.  Seems Lou Gehrig had a girlfriend for a brief period in the early 30s prior to marrying his wife Eleanor.  That relationship ended after a brief time for the same reason a lot of Gehrig’s early relationships ended: Gehrig’s domineering mother didn’t approve. But it…

  5. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 2, 2011, 5:59 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Cubs 5, Pirates 3: Impressive debut for Derrek Lee: two homers. Alas, that was all the offense the Buccos could really muster as Carlos Zambrano scattered seven hits over six innings. By the way, the last player who hit a home run in his Pirates debut was pitcher Matt Morris back in 2007. I was…

  6. Stephen Strasburg to begin rehab starts next week

    Aug 1, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that Stephen Strasburg likely has one more sim game to throw down in Florida but then should begin rehab starts in actual minor league combat next week. This would put him on track to pitch in genuine major league contests before the end of the year, which is a tad…

  7. Carlos Carrasco suspended six games for head hunting

    Aug 1, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

    Carrasco_Carlos

    I’ll take “things I missed because I was paying more attention to trades than I was to baseball this weekend” for $500, Alex!  From MLB: Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco has been suspended for six games and fined an undisclosed amount for intentionally throwing a pitch in the head area of Kansas City’s Billy Butler during the…

  8. Jeter out of the lineup today

    Aug 1, 2011, 4:01 PM EDT

    New York Yankees Derek Jeter hits single against the Oakland Athletics in New York

    Derek Jeter bruised his finger when he was hit by a pitch yesterday.  He’s apparently still sore, so he’s out of tonight’s lineup, replaced by Eduardo “in the 1940s a guy like him would have a nickname” Nunez. I will now go and contemplate how many players I’d really dedicate a “so and so was scratched from…

  9. Attack on Bryan Stow detailed

    Aug 1, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    Giants Fan Attacked

    There was an aborted bail-reduction hearing for one of the suspects in the Bryan Stow case today.  But in the course of that hearing the details of the attack, as described by police and the prosecution, were revealed.  And it’s pretty awful. Click through for the complete details, but the suspects allegedly committed at least…

  10. Matt Stairs released

    Aug 1, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    We kinda knew this was gonna happen last week when he was designated for assignment, but it’s kind of a bummer anyway: Matt Stairs has been released by the Nationals. It’s probably retirement/hockey coaching time for Stairs who, at 43, managed only a .154/.257/.169 line with no homers this year.  Overall, however, he had a fine…

  11. Study: Major League injuries on the rise

    Aug 1, 2011, 2:04 PM EDT

    Posey injury 2.bmp

    Most of us never read actual studies. Just abstracts. Mostly because we have short attention spans.  But hey, that’s life. Oh, look! Something shiny! Latest abstract of a study we won’t read: one in the American Journal of Sports Medicine that says that MLB injuries are on the rise. The upshot: there are more injuries among…

  12. Why do I do Power Rankings again?

    Aug 1, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    My original impulse to do power rankings was two-fold: (1) to force myself to actually look back at how each team did in the past week because I sometimes lose track, especially over the weekend; and (2) to have someplace to put occasional random observations about teams that wouldn’t justify their own blog post. I should add…

  13. The Yankees are going to call up Jesus Montero “in the very near future”

    Aug 1, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Jesus Montero

    The exact timeline is unclear, but the Trenton Times reports that the Yankees are going to call up catcher Jesus Montero “in the very near future.” Montero was rumored to be the fodder of a possible Ubaldo Jimenez deal at the deadline, but one gets the sense that the Yankees weren’t keen on trading him.  It…

  14. Let’s help research subconscious racism in sports commentary

    Aug 1, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    We’re all aware of the subtle racism that creeps into sports broadcasts, writing and general fan chatter.  About how the white guy is a hard worker and the black guy is gifted. About how the Latino guy is lazy and the white dude is nursing a hidden injury.  About how you can tell the hustlers…

  15. I approve of this field-rushing

    Aug 1, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    A couple of fans rushed the field at the Cardinals-Cubs game last night. Awful. Such a thing has no place in polite society. Think of the safety concerns! Think of the poor example it sets for the children!  This must be stopped if we are ever to — wait, what?  One of them was kinda…

  16. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Aug 1, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Howard Ortiz

    A lot of movement by default this week, it seems. No one except the Brewers really made a big impression, and as I mention in their comment, it wasn’t that big. Perhaps all of the trades that went down over the past few days will shake things up between now and our next Power Rankings…

  17. As if the trade deadline wasn’t stressful enough

    Aug 1, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Andrew Friedman Reuters

    I’d hate to be a general manager around trade deadline time. So much to do. So many calls to make and return. Pressure from the owners above and the fans below and the need to be clear — crystal clear — about where the team currently stands on the success cycle and where it might…

  18. The Angels and the Tigers: men behaving badly

    Aug 1, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Detroit Tigers

    I had all kinds of fun yesterday watching that gonzo Angels-Tigers game.  But really, no one distinguished themselves once it got all ugly. For those who missed it: Magglio Ordonez may or may not have shown up Jered Weaver by posing for a home run after he hit it.  I actually buy Ordonez’s argument that…

  19. A’s owner Lew Wolff calls on Frank McCourt to sell the Dodgers

    Aug 1, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Lew Wolff

    While it’s been pretty clear that Bud Selig has the backing of all of the other owners in the Frank McCourt fight, yesterday Athletics owner Lew Wolff became the first to publicly call on Frank McCourt to sell the Los Angeles Dodgers. What set him off was Frank McCourt’s ridiculous statement in court filings in which…

  20. About post-trade deadline trades

    Aug 1, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez, new team member of the Chicago White Sox, looks on during batting practice prior to the White Sox MLB American League baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland

    While we talk about July 31st as the “trade deadline,” it really isn’t a deadline. Or at least a hard one.  You can still trade guys in August.  It’s just that (a) any trade after the July deadline is a little trickier; and (b) if you trade a guy after August 31st, he can’t be on…

  21. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Aug 1, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    trading places

    Really, it was all trades this weekend, and we had you covered like a jimmy hat on that stuff.  If you’re simply looking to see who went where, check out the HBT Trade Deadline Tracker, which has all the specifics of all of the deals.  If you’re looking for something a touch more in depth,…

  22. Report: Clay Buchholz out for season with stress fracture

    Aug 1, 2011, 8:16 AM EDT

    buchholz throws reuters

    Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com is reporting that Clay Buccholz is suffering from a stress fracture in his lower back and that it is unlikely that he’ll be able to pitch again this season. Erik Bedard looking better now, Red Sox Nation? McAdam reports that Buchholz, will see a back specialist in Los Angeles today, but that…

  23. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 1, 2011, 5:38 AM EDT

    Jered Weaver

    Tigers 3, Angels 2: Wow, this was a wild one. Made all the more wild by the fact that (a) it was going on just as the trade deadline was approaching; and (b) since Justin Verlander had a no-hitter going, it seemed like everyone was watching it. At least everyone in my little corner of…

  24. Red Sox land Erik Bedard in three-team, seven-player deal

    Jul 31, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

    Erik Bedard

    This one came in just as the clock struck four, which is midnight for trade deadline purposes: Erik Bedard from Seattle to the Red Sox. The Dodgers are involved too. Here’s how it works: Boston is getting Bedard and Josh Fields from Seattle. The Sox are then sending minor league catcher Tim Federowicz, righty Juan Rodriguez…

  25. HBT Trade Deadline Tracker

    Jul 31, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies

    We’re constantly updating the doings at the trade deadline with individual posts here at HBT, but for those only looking for the big picture, we offer this handy dandy list of the trades that have gone down. The trades are listed in reverse chronological order and are identified by the key player in each deal.…

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