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Archive for June 6th, 2006

Dispatches on New Acquisitions

Update (via Rotoworld) on New Acquisitions:

Kip Wells:

Kip Wells (shoulder surgery) was very effective during a five inning outing at extended spring training on Monday. Wells’ fastball was 93-mph throughout the outing. He gave up one run and struck out three. He will make a minor league rehab start on Saturday. (June 6th)

Kip Wells (shoulder surgery) will make another start in extended spring training on Monday. Wells is expected to move on to minor league rehab by the end of this week. He is about two weeks away from returning to the Pirates. (June 5th)

Kip Wells gave up four runs and nine hits in three innings in an extended spring training game on Wednesday. Wells, who had surgery on March 6 to repair an artery in his right shoulder, should officially begin a rehab assignment next week. He’ll probably be back in the Pirates’ rotation by the end of June. Victor Santos should be the odd man out. (May 31st)

Kip Wells (shoulder) threw a three inning simulated game on Saturday. Wells threw 48 pitches in the effort. He is scheduled to start a simulated game on Wednesday in extended spring training. (May 28th)

Geoff Jenkins:

Geoff Jenkins, who suffered a concussion when he collided with Prince Fielder yesterday, is out of the lineup on Monday. “He’s feeling a little better,” Brewers manager Ned Yost said. “He’s still a little sore, still has a little head fogginess.” No timetable has been given for Jenkins’ return, but he’s listed as day-to-day. (June 5th)

Geoff Jenkins suffered a mild concussion when he collided with Prince Fielder on a foul pop on Sunday. Jenkins stayed in the game for a few minutes after the injury, but was pinch-hit for in the bottom of the inning. He’s listed as day-to-day. (June 4th)

Geoff Jenkins will get Thursday off, Brewers managed Ned Yost said on Wednesday. Yost added that Carlos Lee and Prince Fielder would also get days off this weekend. Perhaps Corey Hart will make his first start of the year. (May 31st)

Geoff Jenkins had three hits, including the game-winner, as the Brewers beat the Phillies 8-7 on Wednesday. Jenkins singled in his third run of the game in the bottom of the ninth to give the Brewers another walkoff win. Milwaukee became the first team since the 2004 Tigers to have three straight walkoff victories. (May 18th)

Chad Cordero:

Chad Cordero gave up five runs in two-thirds of an inning to blow a two-run lead and take a loss on Saturday. Brian McCann started the bottom of the ninth with a homer. Two clean singles followed, putting men on first and second for Edgar Renteria. Renteria tried to bunt them over, but Cordero made a great play to retire the lead runner. After that, Chipper Jones had an infield single that Jose Vidro got a glove on but couldn’t bring in. Cordero battled back to strike out Andruw Jones, but on a 1-0 count, he threw a horrible slider right into Jeff Francoeur’s wheelhouse. That was that. Cordero entered with a 2.12 ERA, but he has just three saves in five chances this season. (May 13th)

Chad Cordero earned his first save of the year with a hitless ninth against the Marlins on Saturday. Cordero walked two with the one-run lead, and he was fortunate that second baseman Brendan Harris was able to make a leaping grab with runners on first and second to end the game. He hasn’t been sharp at all since returning from the World Baseball Classic, but he should get better. (April 15th)

Chipper Jones:

Chipper Jones hit a three-run, walkoff homer off Randy Messenger in the bottom of the 11th to give the Braves a 6-4 win over the Marlins on Wednesday. Jones also had a sac fly in the third and drove in the tying run in the bottom of the ninth on a groundout. Oscar Villarreal was credited with his sixth win despite giving up a run in the top of the 11th. Atlanta won for the eighth time in 10 games and got back to .500 (20-20) for the first time since April 23. (May 18th)

Chipper Jones, who hadn’t played since he twisted his ankle and knee on April 9, returned to the lineup on Tuesday and went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer. Jones had been taking batting practice for several days, so that he got back into the swing of things quickly isn’t a surprise. Hopefully, you already had him active. (April 25th)

AaRr Mortgages Future for 2006

On the anniversary of D-Day, the largest military offensive in history, the Roadrunners mount their own offensive towards the top of the standings. The Roadrunners trade stud $1 3B Ryan Zimmerman (Nationals) and Brewers SS J.J. Hardy to Goodfellas for Chipper Jones, Geoff Jenkins, and Chad Cordero.

Chipper plugs right into the lineup in Zimmerman’s place, and while he’s no bargain at $24, he will likely out-produce Zimmerman over the course of the season. He’ll provide a similar average (as Zimmerman’s projected .340 hasn’t really happened yet – he’s in the high .260’s) and more pop, in a better ballpark, in a better lineup. His health is (as always) questionable, and he’s already missed time this season. Zimmerman, on the other hand, has missed a few games this past week due to a stiff back.

Jenkins, a former Roadrunner on two different occasions, re-joins the squad after being traded for Aaron Heilman a year ago. The Roadrunners were running out a combination of Damian Jackson, Cody Ross, Jeff DaVanon and Joe Borchard for two OF spots, so the addition of Jenkins helps solidify the OF, along with Moises Alou coming off the DL today.

Addressing the other big issue is Chad Cordero. Cordero, whose WBRL contract will expire following the season, plugs into the bullpen and brings a second legitimate closer to the (still) slow-starting Armando Benitez. Bannished will be Danys Baez, who really hasn’t done much at all except suck. Baez still has the label of “closer”, though, so we’ll hang onto him in case a trade comes through.

The Roadrunners will miss J.J. Hardy, but not as much as expected. He has been out for the past three weeks with a sprained ankle, and rumors are that he’ll platoon with Bill Hall at SS upon his return. A good protection from last season, Hardy was originally acquired as a pickup after The Pi Train cut him after his dislocated shoulder in 2004. The Roadrunners still have Jose Reyes and Khalil Greene at SS, along with uber-prospect Stephen Drew at the position, along with utility guys Rich Aurilia and Damian Jackson available, so Shortstop is set for the time being.

In order to make room on the roster, Jason Vargas was released, as he wasn’t pitching well in AAA Albuquerque for the Marlins, and Taylor Buchholz was let go following another disasterous outing. Kip Wells was snagged as a free agent, and he may prove to be useful later on. Buchholz was also facing the return of Roger Clemens, so he might have been headed to AAA as well.

Overnight Dispatches

From RotoWorld:

Mike Lieberthal doubled in Aaron Rowand in the eighth inning to breat a tie and help the Phillies beat the Diamondbacks 4-3. Lieberthal is still just 2-for-21 since coming off the DL, but it’s a start. Arthur Rhodes, working in relief of Cory Lidle, was the winner for Philadelphia. Tom Gordon pitched the ninth for his 18th save in 19 opportunities.

Brandon Webb failed to earn his ninth win after allowing three runs in seven innings Monday against the Phillies. Webb didn’t figure into the decision in a game the Diamondbacks lost. Before allowing two runs in the sixth, Webb did set a club record for consecutive scoreless innings. He ended up with 30, topping Andy Benes’ mark of 27 1/3 from 1998.

Johnny Estrada finished up 4-for-4 Monday against the Phillies. Estrada drove in 20 runs in May and is now at 35 RBI in 46 games this season. In 2005, he totaled 39 RBI in 105 games. Estrada still has a long way to go to match his career high, however. He drove in 76 runs for the Braves in 2004.
Moises Alou (ankle) will return to action for the Giants on Tuesday. Alou took batting practice, shagged fly balls, and ran the bases today. He won’t go on a rehab assignment and Alou even admits it may take a week for him to get his timing back, so it’d be best to hold off on activating the outfielder.

Manager Dusty Baker confirmed that Kerry Wood will start for the Cubs on Tuesday against the Astros. Wood missed his start on Sunday with stiffness in his surgically repaired right shoulder. He threw a light bullpen session today and felt fine, so the Cubs will let him take the mound.

Ryan Zimmerman missed his second straight game with a back injury on Monday. Zimmerman experiences discomfort while swinging a bat, but he still hopes to return on Tuesday. Brendan Harris started in his place today.

Clay Hensley walked a career-high seven batters en route to giving up four runs in 3 2/3 innings against the Brewers on Monday. Hensley threw just 39-of-87 pitches for strikes while striking out two and yielding five hits. The outing could have been worse if reliever Brian Sweeney hadn’t retired Corey Koskie with the bases loaded after Hensley had been removed. Even with the poor outing tonight, Hensley is still a consideration against the Marlins in mixed leagues later this week.

Taylor Buchholz
was pounded for eight runs in five innings against the Cubs on Monday to fall to 3-5 on the season. He had his start moved up a day with Roy Oswalt missing a start yesterday, but Buchholz still got a standard four day’s rest in the process. He walked just one tonight, but 11 hits, including three homers, were the source of the poor performance. It’s the fourth time in 10 starts that Buchholz has given up eight or more runs in an outing. He certainly can’t be trusted in fantasy leagues right now.

6/6/6 – Standings and Statistics

Standings: 5th - 69.5 points - 20.5 out of first
Gained 1 point and 0 standings place since yesterday

Cover Zero 90 / GOK 78.5 / X 74.0 / 10PK 71.5 / AARR / Pi 63 / SJ 60.5

HR   AVG   RBI   R   SB    W   ERA   WHIP   K'S   S
--   ---   ---  ---  ---  ---  ----  -----  ---  ---
87  .2679  358  344  56   35   4.31  1.416  352  11
4TH  7TH   2ND  5TH  1ST  2ND  6TH   8TH    6TH  T-9
--    +1   +1    --  --   ---  --     -2    +1   --

Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
Johnny Estrada       Ari  C    4  0  4   1 |  0  0   .325
Ronny Paulino        Pit  C    4  0  3   0 |  0  0   .323
Prince Fielder       Mil 1B    3  1  1   0 |  1  0   .303
Jose Reyes           NYM SS    5  1  1   1 |  0  1   .247
Adrian Gonzalez       SD 1B    4  0  1   0 |  0  1   .253
Khalil Greene         SD SS    2  0  1   0 |  2  0   .232
Adam Dunn            Cin OF    3  0  0   0 |  2  2   .232
Dave Roberts          SD OF    1  0  0   0 |  1  0   .278
Joe Borchard         Fla OF    1  1  1   0 |  0  0   .253
Damian Jackson       Was 2B    5  1  1   0 |  0  2   .246
Rich Aurilia         Cin 2B    3  0  1   1 |  1  0   .256
Totals                        35  4 14   3 |  7  6   .400
RBI: JEstrada 1(35), JReyes 1(29), RAurilia 1(18)
2B: RPaulino 1(8)
3B: PFielder 1(1)
HR: JReyes 1(6)
GIDP: AGonzalez 1(9)
ERRORS: RAurilia 1(3)

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
Brandon Webb                     7.0  7  3  3  3   0  7 31    3.86 1.43
Matt Wise         Ho(9)          2.0  2  0  0  1   0  0  8    0.00 1.50
Danys Baez                       1.0  0  0  0  0   0  0  3    0.00 0.00
Clay Hensley      L(4-4)         3.7  5  4  4  7   0  2 20    9.73 3.24
Aaron Cook        L(5-6)         6.0 10  5  5  3   0  5 31    7.50 2.17
Totals                          19.7 24 12 12 14   0 14 93    5.48 1.93

RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
Mike Lieberthal      Phi  C    4  0  1   1 |  0  1   .250
Cody Ross            Fla OF    4  0  1   1 |  0  0   .321
Totals                         8  0  2   2 |  0  1   .250
RBI: MLieberthal 1(9), CRoss 1(10)
2B: MLieberthal 1(8)

RESERVE PITCHING                  ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
Taylor Buchholz   L(3-5)         5.0 11  8  8  1   0  2 27   14.40 2.40
Totals                           5.0 11  8  8  1   0  2 27   14.40 2.40