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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Johan Santana's recovery timetable: 24 weeks

    Sep 10, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

    So, Johan Santana is having major surgery. How major?  Injury expert Will Carroll is promising a writeup over at Baseball Prospectus on Monday, but he provided a link to an explanation of the rehab program for the surgery Santana is getting.  There’s a lot of jargon in there, but it’s pretty clear that the time…

  2. Must-click link: The tortured life of Eric Show

    Sep 10, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    Those of us who have even heard of Eric Show probably can only say a few things about him.  He pitched for the Padres in the 80s. He gave up Pete Rose’s 4,192nd hit. He was kind of a freaky John Birch Society guy.  He had serious substance abuse issues that led to his death.…

  3. Johan Santana to have season-ending surgery

    Sep 10, 2010, 3:50 PM EST

    The Mets just announced that Johan Santana’s season is over: An MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan yesterday revealed that Mets pitcher Johan Santana has suffered a tear of the anterior capsule of the left shoulder.  The injury is located on the front and bottom part of the shoulder close to the…

  4. Pete Rose: be nice to the Commissioner of Baseball

    Sep 10, 2010, 3:32 PM EST

    Rick Reilly asked Pete Rose what he thought about Fay Vincent’s recent statement that Bud Selig should not allow Rose to participate in a ceremony honor the 1970s Reds this weekend: “Fay Vincent’s never had a nice thing to say about me in his whole life. That’s fine with me. But he’s bashing the commissioner.…

  5. HBT Daily: Yankees edition

    Sep 10, 2010, 2:58 PM EST

    You may not believe me, but it’s true: we’ve probably spent less time on HBT Daily talking about the Yankees than any other team. Let’s rectify that, shall we?

  6. Heath Bell to Padres fans: Where were you?

    Sep 10, 2010, 2:29 PM EST

    I’m assuming this is the real Heath Bell’s Twitter account, because if it were a fake you’d think it would be more interesting.  In any event, here’s what the person we’re pretty sure is the Padres’ closer tweeted after last night’s game: I wanted to know where are the padre fans????????? Not at the park.…

  7. OK, maybe Kevin Towers and the Diamondbacks are not close to a deal

    Sep 10, 2010, 2:02 PM EST

    Ken Rosenthal expands on Peter Gammons thing about Kevin Towers this morning, but simultaneously goes a long way towards contradicting it. Yes, the Diamondbacks are interested in Towers, Rosenthal says, but (a) they haven’t spoken with him yet (contradicting Gammons’ implication that it’s all but a done deal); and (b) Towers probably wants way more…

  8. Nyjer Morgan is getting a big talking-to today

    Sep 10, 2010, 1:28 PM EST

    Nyjer Morgan’s appeal of his 176 day suspension (estimated) began at 10AM this morning.  Word around the Twitterverse is that it was still going on as of ten minutes ago.  I realize he’s been a bad boy and everything, but I’m having a hard time seeing why it would take that long to (a) let…

  9. Silicon Valley execs want the A's in San Jose

    Sep 10, 2010, 1:01 PM EST

    The Silicon Valley Leadership group has sent a letter to Bud Selig in support of the Athletics moving to San Jose.  You can read a press release about it and — if you click an extra link — a copy of the letter here.  It’s signed by the CEOs of Cisco, Yahoo!, eBay, Adobe and…

  10. John Lindsey gets his first major league at bat

    Sep 10, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

    As I mentioned in this morning’s recaps, John Lindsey got his first big league at bat last night.  He saw three pitches. A ball, a foul ball and then he flew to center.  But let no man say he hasn’t taken his hacks in the bigs.  Video of his at bat can be seen here.…

  11. Deep thoughts: the Wild Card and pennant races

    Sep 10, 2010, 11:59 AM EST

    Jayson Stark spends an awful lot of time in his latest column explaining how adding a second wild card team in each league would fix the problem of division races like that in the AL East being basically meaningless.  He goes so far as to sketch out how it would work mechanically, how the schedule…

  12. If you're going to penalize CarGo for Coors Field, you have to credit Ubaldo

    Sep 10, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

    Hitters are penalized for the advantages Coors Field provides them. Why then, don’t we credit the pitchers?

  13. The Yankee Stadium parking garages are losing money

    Sep 10, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

    New York City issued a bunch of bonds to build parking garages around Yankee Stadium. Seems that way fewer people are parking in them than expected, however, the garages have lost money both last year and this year and now it looks like the garage operator is going to default on rent payments to the…

  14. Adam Dunn, Nyjer Morgan probably won't be on the Nats next year

    Sep 10, 2010, 10:00 AM EST

    Holden Kushner of CSN Washington writes today that there is little if any chance that the Nats are going to bring back Nyjer Morgan or Adam Dunn next year. I get Morgan — that bit could have been placed in that last post about obvious news — but I’m still wondering why Washington doesn’t seem…

  15. Breaking news from the Department of Obvious Affairs

    Sep 10, 2010, 9:38 AM EST

    Those of you who thought that Hideki Matsui was going to get a contract extension and Ron Washington was going to be let go need to read this. The 99% of you who didn’t think that can move along.

  16. Ruben Amaro defines the concept of "day-to-day"

    Sep 10, 2010, 9:12 AM EST

    I got nothing against Ruben Amaro Jr. or MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki — they both do a fine job — but this exchange between them regarding Jimmy Rollins’ hamstring injury pretty much explains why I think media access to baseball teams is overrated: “He’s better today,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “I’m not sure…

  17. The last take — and best take — on the Mets-Walter Reed non-story

    Sep 10, 2010, 8:47 AM EST

    Sam Page from Amazin’ Avenue nails the New York press to a freakin’ tree: The best part is how these journalists created the players’ insidious motives–by involving baseball. Because they’re not team players on the field and in the clubhouse, it’s no surprise they fund Hamas and hunt bald eagles in their spare time, all…

  18. The Dbacks are close to hiring Kevin Towers

    Sep 10, 2010, 8:24 AM EST

    We heard the other day that the Diamondbacks are really interested in hiring Kevin Towers to run the club. Now Peter Gammons is reporting that a deal between Towers and the club is in place, but that it can’t be announced until “the process” is complete. Whatever that means. Most interesting thing about Gammons’ tweet…

  19. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 10, 2010, 5:53 AM EST

    Matt Cain and the Giants put on quite power displaFAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE!

  20. Great Moments in Professionalism: Chipper Jones

    Sep 9, 2010, 5:32 PM EST

    Look Chipper, I love ya man. You’ve been an important part of my baseball life for the past 15 years and everything, but when you go around saying stuff like this you make me not like you very much: Jones, when asked by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about Gonzalez passing teammate Omar Infante for the NL…

  21. Andy Pettitte to make a rehab start tonight

    Sep 9, 2010, 5:13 PM EST

    Because “CC Sabathia and four days of rain” is too much to expect, it’s kind of important that Andy Pettitte get back to the Bronx as soon as possible. An important step in that journey happens this evening, as Pettitte is scheduled to make a rehab start for the Trenton Thunder in the AA playoffs.…

  22. How the Hall of Fame deals with steroids

    Sep 9, 2010, 4:46 PM EST

    Did you know that there’s a plaque in Cooperstown that talks about PEDs in the game? I didn’t.

  23. Could Brewers owner Mark Attanasio end up buying the Dodgers?

    Sep 9, 2010, 4:08 PM EST

    UPDATE: Tom Haudricourt pours cold water on Krasovic’s report, saying that Attanasio has no interest in the Dodgers. Seems to me that this kind of thing comes down to who the sources are, because Attanasio himself and his proxies would certainly say that he had no interest, because to say otherwise would be seen as…

  24. HBT Daily: Padres-Giants, Cardinals-Futility and a little Moonlight Graham

    Sep 9, 2010, 3:59 PM EST

    I have no idea why I mentioned Barry Zito here. He’s the one Giants pitcher NOT starting in this series. Thank God no one watches these things.

  25. Oh noes! Derek Jeter is selling his New York penthouse!

    Sep 9, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

    Clearly, this must mean that he’s planning on signing with the Rays this winter: Yankees captain Derek Jeter put his Manhattan penthouse on the market Wednesday for an asking price of $20 million. The All-Star shortstop’s four-bedroom, 5,425-square foot loft on the 88th floor of Trump World Tower in Turtle Bay was listed on the…

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