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Mike Florio

  1. SABR convention's "New Technologies in Baseball" panel is exciting glimpse into future of analysis

    Aug 10, 2010, 3:19 PM EDT

    I’ll spare you most of the details of my trip to the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) convention in Atlanta last week, but in terms of the actual baseball-related stuff the highlight for me was the “New Technologies in Baseball” panel. Physics of baseball expert Alan Nathan was joined by Fan Graphs and Baseball…

  2. Nationals promote Orlando Hernandez to Double-A

    Aug 10, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

    Orlando Hernandez has been promoted to Double-A after posting a 1.50 ERA and 9/0 K/BB ratio in six innings as a reliever in rookie-ball. Shutting down hitters who were often closer to one-third his age than half his age is impressive on a certain level, but obviously the big test for Hernandez will be whether…

  3. Jason Bay "absolutely" plans to play again this season

    Aug 10, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    Jason Bay said yesterday that he “absolutely” plans to play again this season, adding that “my head is getting better” following his July 23 concussion. Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that Bay’s headaches have subsided but he continues to experience nausea. Fernando Martinez was called up from Triple-A over the weekend and…

  4. This just in: Curtis Granderson can't hit left-handed pitching

    Aug 10, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    Curtis Granderson has been a huge disappointment in his first season with the Yankees, posting career-lows in batting average (.240), on-base percentage (.307), and slugging percentage (.417). What’s interesting about Granderson’s career-worst production is that his numbers against right-handed pitching (.259/.339/.492) are only about six percent worse than his career mark. The bigger difference has…

  5. Mark Teixeira leaves Yankees to be with pregnant wife

    Aug 10, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Mark Teixeira was not on the Yankees’ team flight to Texas yesterday and could miss the two-game series against the Rangers that begins tonight to be with his pregnant wife. Teixeira’s wife is scheduled to give birth at some point today, so it’s possible but unlikely he could rejoin the team in time to face…

  6. Angels reportedly close to cutting ties with Scot Shields

    Aug 10, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

    Scot Shields is the last player on the Angels’ roster remaining from the World Series team of 2002, but Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times speculates that his “days in Anaheim appear numbered.” Shields missed most of last season following knee surgery and has been terrible this year with a 6.05 ERA and 34/31…

  7. Brandon Wood predictably collecting dust on Angels' bench

    Aug 10, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    When the Angels traded for Alberto Callaspo last month general manager Tony Reagins was “defiant” in insisting that it wouldn’t lead to Brandon Wood being further phased out of the team’s plans, but predictably that’s exactly what happened. Earl Bloom of the Orange County Register notes that the Angels have basically been playing with a…

  8. Carlos Delgado goes 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Triple-A debut

    Aug 10, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    Signed to a minor-league contract by the Red Sox last week, Carlos Delgado made his Triple-A debut last night and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. Some interesting notes from his first Triple-A game since 2004 … * Pawtucket was playing the Yankees’ affiliate and lost on a walk-off homer by stud prospect Jesus Montero. *…

  9. David Price sets Rays' franchise record with 15th win

    Aug 10, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    David Price wasn’t at his best last night, needing 115 pitches to record 15 outs and allowing nine baserunners in five innings of two-run ball, but still beat the Tigers for his AL-leading 15th win. With the victory Price is also now the Rays’ all-time leader in single-season wins: DAVID PRICE 2010 15 James Shields…

  10. Jason Heyward snaps 31-game homerless streak

    Aug 10, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jason Heyward was naturally a popular topic of discussion throughout the SABR convention in Atlanta last week and the 20-year-old rookie snapped a 31-game homerless streak last night. Heyward has come back down to earth considerably after posting a 1.000 OPS through mid-May, hitting just .250 with modest power since then while playing through and…

  11. More shoulder problems send Travis Hafner to disabled list

    Aug 3, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

    Travis Hafner has missed the past five games with shoulder soreness and the Indians placed him on the disabled list this afternoon. Hafner has a long history of shoulder problems, so while his latest malady is being called merely “soreness” for now it wouldn’t be surprising if it proved to be more serious. While nowhere…

  12. Call-up Peter Bourjos pushes Torii Hunter out of center field for first time since 1999

    Aug 3, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Peter Bourjos is considered one of the elite defensive center fielders among prospects and Torii Hunter ceased being an excellent defender several years ago, so it makes sense that the Angels would use Bourjos in center field for his big-league debut tonight while sliding Hunter to right field. Of course, given Hunter’s nine straight Gold…

  13. Carlos Santana placed on disabled list with sprained left knee

    Aug 3, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    Follow his ugly collision at home plate with Ryan Kalish last night Carlos Santana has been placed on the disabled list. For now the Indians are calling his injury a sprained left knee and that would probably qualify as the best-case scenario given how gruesome things looked at the time, but the diagnosis presumably could…

  14. Ben Sheets opts for elbow surgery again

    Aug 3, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

    As expected, Ben Sheets has decided to undergo season-ending elbow surgery after being diagnosed with a torn flexor tendon last month. Sheets missed all of last season following elbow surgery, so his career could be in jeopardy at this point and he’s unlikely to be much of factor in 2011 even if things go smoothly.…

  15. Brandon Inge ahead of schedule and cleared for rehab stint

    Aug 3, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

    Brandon Inge was initially expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a broken hand suffered on July 19, but now he’s been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment tonight at Single-A. There’s no word yet on an official revised return timetable, but he’s clearly ahead of schedule and by rule rehab assignment are limited to…

  16. Mariners call up Adam Moore, send Rob Johnson to Triple-A

    Aug 3, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Rob Johnson has been one of the worst players in baseball this season and Adam Moore has been playing well at Triple-A, so today the Mariners flip-flopped them with Johnson heading to Tacoma and Moore returning to Seattle. Johnson has been remarkably bad. Not only did he hit just .191 with a .574 OPS in…

  17. Steve Pearce to miss rest of season following knee surgery

    Aug 3, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Steve Pearce suffered a knee injury while on a rehab assignment for an ankle injury in May and after unsuccessfully trying non-surgical options Jennifer Langosch of reports that he’ll go under the knife tomorrow. Pearce will miss the remainder of this season and may not be fully healthy for start of next year, which…

  18. Jason Marquis ready to return three months after surgery

    Aug 3, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    Jason Marquis tossed six innings of two-run ball in a rehab start last night at Triple-A and Ben Goessling of reports that he’s ready to rejoin the Nationals’ rotation following May elbow surgery. Whether or not the Nationals are ready to welcome him back is another issue. Marquis went 0-3 with a brutal 20.52…

  19. Drafted in June, lefty Chris Sale on verge of joining White Sox

    Aug 3, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Back in June the White Sox selected Florida Gulf Coast University left-hander Chris Sale with the 13th pick in the draft and now less than two months later Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that they’re planning to call him up as soon as tomorrow. Sale was a starter in college, but the White…

  20. Cubs rookie Casey Coleman becomes baseball's first third-generation pitcher

    Aug 3, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    Casey Coleman made his big-league debut in the sixth inning last night and in doing so became the first third-generation pitcher in MLB history. His father, Joe Coleman, was an All-Star in 1972 and won 142 games while pitching for six different teams. His grandfather, also Joe Coleman, was an All-Star in 1948 and won…

  21. Ryan Ludwick's "terse meeting" with manager Tony La Russa preceded trade to Padres

    Aug 3, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    I wrote yesterday that the Cardinals’ decision to trade Ryan Ludwick for Jake Westbrook struck me as odd given the team’s apparent need for offense and Ludwick’s strong production for the past four years, but Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch sheds some interesting light on what may have motivated the move behind…

  22. Ivan Rodriguez becomes fifth player in baseball history with 300 home runs as a catcher

    Aug 3, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Last night Ivan Rodriguez hit his 307th career homer, 300 of which have come while catching. Rodriguez joins Hall of Famers Mike Piazza, Carlton Fisk, Johnny Bench, and Yogi Berra as the only players in baseball history to amass 300 homers while catching. And for all the people freaking out about Alex Rodriguez being “stuck”…

  23. Rays send Jeremy Hellickson back to minors after impressive debut victory

    Aug 3, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    Stud prospect Jeremy Hellickson was called up from the minors to make his big-league debut last night, pitched the Rays into a first-place tie by beating the Twins with seven strong innings, and was optioned right back to Triple-A minutes after the win. He’ll be back, of course, but it underscores just how much young…

  24. Pirates to call up James McDonald for Thursday's start

    Aug 2, 2010, 6:12 PM EDT

    Acquired from the Dodgers over the weekend in the Octavio Dotel trade, James McDonald is expected to join the Pirates’ rotation to start Thursday against the Rockies. As a 25-year-old with a good minor-league track record McDonald is certainly deserving of a shot that the Dodgers never quite seemed willing to give him. He had…

  25. UPDATE: Carlos Silva released from hospital, but put on DL

    Aug 2, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Silva has been placed on the disabled list. === Carlos Silva was released from a Colorado hospital this morning after leaving yesterday’s start at Coors Field in the first inning with an abnormal heart rate. According to the Cubs he’ll be examined further by a cardiologist after returning to Chicago and may avoid the…

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