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Posts tagged ‘Hong-Chih Kuo’

Roster Moves – Week 13 – June 21, 2011

Up:

  • OF Jon Jay
  • RP Kenley Jansen

Down:

  • OF Chris Heisey
  • SP Charlie Morton

Notes:

  • Get Off Kong! acquired two-time 2011 RoadRunner Hong-Chih Kuo on FAAB with a $3 bid.  Kuo was just activated from the DL (anxiety disorder).
  • With the Cardinals’ Albert Pujols heading to the DL with a broken wrist, RF Lance Berkman moves to 1B and OF Jon Jay becomes the every day right fielder in St. Louis.
  • OF Nate McLouth was activated from the 15-Day DL (oblique) on Sunday, June 19th.
  • RP Kenley Jansen was activated from the 15-Day DL (shoulder inflammation) on Saturday, June 18th.
  • The RoadRunners are now completely off the disabled list.  For now.

Roster Moves – Week 12 – June 14, 2011

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • C Ronny Paulino, Mets ($6 bid), add to actives
  • 1B Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks ($3 bid), reserve
  • SP Shelby Miller, Cardinals ($1 bid), reserve

Up:

  • OF Matt Holliday
  • SP Tim Stauffer

Down:

  • SP Kyle Lohse
  • OF Jon Jay

Cut:

  • C Henry Blanco
  • RP Vicente Padilla
  • RP Hong-Chih Kuo

Notes:

  • It was announced that RP Vicente Padilla would require surgery on the bulging disc in his neck, the same injury that had him open the season on the DL. He’ll be out a while.
  • Padilla’s teammate on the Dodger’s DL, Hong-Chih Kuo, was released for the second time this season. Kuo had been protected from 2010, was released on May 24th when he went on the DL with an anxiety disorder, was picked up May 31st when his rehab starts went well, and has since hit a bit of a wall.  So, as I’m tired of chasing non-existent Dodgers saves, he and Padilla are gone, as (while all this was going on), Jonathan Broxton is rehabbing as well, and will likely beat him back to the active roster.  We still have Kenley Jansen, however.
  • C Ronny Paulino was released by Cover Zero last week.  (He had been FAAB’d for $0 bid by Cover Zero on May 17th). He then proceeded to go 4-for-4 with a homer and three RBI. This is Paulino’s fourth visit on the RoadRunners.  He was on the roster as a Pirate in 2006 and 2007, and also was on the 2010 Championship squad, before he was suspended for 50 games (PED use) with 42 games left to play.  He’s still no Buster Posey, but he’s seeing more action than Henry Blanco.
  • 1B Paul Goldschmidt leads the minor leagues in home runs at Double-A Mobile, and is rumored to be called up after the All-Star break. In 233 at-bats for the Bay Bears, he is batting .348, with 21 home runs, 59 RBI and 6 steals. Plus, he sports a 53/46 BB/SO ratio.  His OPS is 1.156 – that’s ridiculous.
  • SP Shelby Miller was the No. 1 overall WBRL minor league pick by Misogynistic Padres, but was released April 19th.  Thus his $8 salary. He was the 19th overall pick in 2009 out of a Texas high school, and he is (as per Keith Law) the best pitching prospect in the minors. He dominated Single-A, and was promoted two weeks ago to Double-A.  Probably won’t get called up in 2011.
  • Former 2011 RoadRunner Chris Capuano was grabbed for $12 FAAB by Get Off Kong! (and Chris Narveson was his second contingency bid at $2).
  • Speaking of Narveson, he was selected by Goodfellas for $1 FAAB (GOK!’s $2 would have gotten him), beating out Misogynistic Padres and their $0 bid.
  • Injury Update: 2B Jeff Baker was activated Monday from the 15-Day DL.  OF Matt Holliday will be activated Thursday 6/16 from the 15-Day DL.  OF Nate McLouth remains on the 15-Day DL, but will return in the next week.  RP Kenley Jansen is making rehab appearances, and is likely a week away from returning.

Roster Moves – Week 11 – June 7, 2011

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • OF Charles Blackmon, Rockies ($0 bid), Add to actives at UT

Up:

  • 1B Anthony Rizzo (to CM)
  • SP Edinson Volquez

Move:

  • CM Chris Nelson (to 2B)
  • UT Jon Jay (to OF)

Down:

  • 2B Jeff Baker
  • OF Matt Holliday
  • SP Tim Stauffer

Cut:

  • 2B Jose Lopez

Notes:

  • It is widely speculated that the Padres will call up Rizzo on Wednesday to play 1B, as 1B Brad Hawpe has been starting in right field the past two days.  At Triple-A Tucson, Rizzo is batting .365, with 16 homers and 20 doubles.
  • Jose Lopez was released, as he’s still in MLB limbo – designated for assignment, but no takers, and no announcements since that move was made.
  • OF Matt Holliday was placed on the 15-Day DL with a quadriceps strain. He’s eligible to return June 16th.
  • 2B Jeff Baker still has another week until his return from his groin strain. He is expected to return June 14th.
  • SP Edinson Volquez is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Louisville this week.
  • New OF Charles Blackmon was called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he was hitting .337 with 10 homers, 49 RBI and 12 steals thus far.  OF Dexter Fowler was placed on the DL, and Blackmon is exptected to play in right field, with Carlos Gonzalez moving to center, though he may split time with Ryan Spilborghs.
  • Goodfellas released former 2011 RoadRunner Jorge Cantu.
  • Get Off Kong! selected former 2011 RoadRunner Chris Capuano as a contingency bid, but won the bidding for Rockies arm Rex Brothers.
  • On the Atomic RoadRunners eight-man reserve roster, only two players are not on the disabled list: SP Tim Stauffer and Catching prospect Devin Mesoraco. In addition to Baker and Holliday, OF Nate McLouth, and all three Dodgers relievers (Kuo, Padilla, Jansen) are on the DL as well.

Roster Moves – Week 10 – May 31, 2011

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • C Henry Blanco, Diamondbacks ($1 bid) – add to actives
  • SP Dillon Gee, Mets ($6 bid) – add to actives
  • IF Chris Nelson, Rockies ($0 bid) – add to actives at CM
  • RP Hong-Chih Kuo, Dodgers ($2 bid) – reserve

Up:

  • SP Tim Stauffer

Down:

  • CM Jose Lopez
  • RP Vicente Padilla

Cut:

  • C Buster Posey
  • 1B/OF Brandon Allen
  • MI/3B Mike Fontenot
  • SP Chris Narveson

Notes:

  • What a week – possibly the worst ever in AaRr History
    • On Wednesday, May 25th, Marlins OF Scott Cousins collided with C Buster Posey in the 11th inning. Posey flipped with his spikes stuck in the ground, and suffered ankle ligament tears and a broken fibula. After successful surgery, it was announced that he would be out for the year. I was hoping Posey’s AaRr farewell would be another title parade, not a release in May due to injury.
    • The next day, Thursday, May 26th, the Giants also placed SS/3B Mike Fontenot on the 15-Day DL with a left groin strain.  Fontenot was injured in the same game as Posey was. Fontenot was cut due to the AaRr roster crunch.
    • Later that day, frustrated with their bench (and me frustrated with Jim Tracy”s managing style and roster construction), the Rockies designated 2B/3B Jose Lopez for assignment.  There’s now ten days to see if anyone wants him, or if he’ll accept an assignment to Triple-A (if that’s even an option).  The situation wasn’t resolved for our WBRL transaction deadline, so we’ll hang onto him to see what transpires this week.
    • Sunday, Dodgers RP Kenley Jansen was placed on the 15-Day DL with shoulder inflammation.
    • Monday, Cubs 2B Jeff Baker was placed on the 15-Day DL with a groin strain. I have to keep him active, as I have no other 2B available.
    • Keep in mind, both RP Vicente Padilla (forearm) and OF Nate McLouth (oblique) had been placed on the DL in week 8 (May 19th and 23rd, respectively).  Also, on May 23rd, SP Edinson Volquez was sent down to Triple-A.
  • So, the acquisitions:
    • C Henry Blanco was the best of a bad crop of replacement catchers. He’s a backup with pop.  Dodgers’ C Dioner Navarro was the contingency bid.
    • RP Hong-Chih Kuo re-joins the squad, though he’s still on the 15-Day DL for his anxiety disorder.  Reports have him throwing at 90% in rehab appearances.  Although I really should cut our losses with chasing the Dodger bullpen.  Five different pitchers earned their most-recent five saves. Contingency bids were Mets RP Bobby Parnell and Pirates RP Jose Veras.
    • IF Nelson has some pop and has some positional flexibility.  Maybe Jim Tracy will give him a shot at 2B, while EY Jr. is forcing Dexter Fowler to the pine.  I figured that Tracy would peg reserve Jonathan Herrera as the starter over Lopez after Spring Training.  Contingency bids were Padres 2B Logan Forsythe (in for injured Orlando Hudson). I declined to bid on Giants SS Brandon Crawford because he didn’t have 2B eligibility.
  • On top of all that, OnRoto had a hard drive crash (the “baseball3” server), so FAAB bids weren’t processed until 14 hours later than usual.  Roster moves for this period are being updated manually by the Commissioner – yours truly.

Roster Moves – Week 9 – May 24, 2011

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • SP Charlie Morton, Pirates ($6 bid) – add to actives
  • OF Jon Jay, Cardinals ($5 bid) – add to actives at UT
  • 1B/OF Brandon Allen, Diamondbacks ($0 bid) – reserve

Down:

  • OF Nate McLouth
  • SP Tim Stauffer

Cut:

  • RP Hong-Chih Kuo
  • SP Chris Capuano
  • RP Rafael Betancourt

Notes:

  • RP Vicente Padilla (active roster) was placed on the 15-Day DL on May 19th with a forearm strain, the same injury that had him on the DL to open the season.
  • SP Edinson Volquez (already reserved) was optioned to Triple-A Louisville following another implosion, and then comments that the Reds’ offense had let the team down.
  • OF Nate McLouth was placed on the 15-Day DL yesterday with a strained oblique. McLouth injured himself in his first at-bat on Sunday.
  • New SP Charlie Morton re-joins the RoadRunners. Morton was on the 2008 squad from June 17th to August 26th as a young fifth starter just called up from the Braves.  Morton’s 2008 AaRr player card can be found here.
  • 1B/OF Brandon Allen was the contingency bid for 1B Juan Miranda.  Miranda is now the de-facto starting first basemen for the Diamondbacks, as 1B Russell Branyan was designated for assignment last weekend.  Unfortunately, the RoadRunners released him on May 3rd, after an extended slump and only occasional at-bats.  Shoeless Jews bid $8 (we bid $6). Allen was original selected for $1 in the 2011 WBRL auction by Cover Zero (Steve Sharik), but was released April 26th, 2011. Allen is currently the starting 1B at Triple-A Reno for the Diamondbacks.
  • Other contingency bids:
    • For Charlie Morton – Mets SP Dillon Gee ($3), Pirates SP Jeff Karstens ($0).  X-Men FAAB’d Karstens for $2 FAAB
    • For Jon Jay – Braves CM/OF Eric Hinske ($0 bid), Giants OF Nat Schierholtz ($0 bid).  Shoeless Jews FAAB’d Schierholtz for $0.

 

Roster Moves – Week 8 – May 17, 2011

Up:

  • CM Jose Lopez

Down:

  • CM Mike Fontenot

Notes:

  • RP Hong-Chih Kuo was placed on the 15-Day DL with an anxiety disorder. No estimate on his return, although he also went through this previously.

Roster Moves – Week 5 – April 26, 2011

FAAB Acquisition:

  • SP Kyle Lohse, Cardinals ($12 bid, activate)

Up:

  • SP Chris Capuano

Down:

  • RP Kenley Jansen
  • RP Rafael Betancourt

Cut:

  • RP Bobby Parnell

Notes:

  • Parnell was still on the 15-Day DL due to a blood clot in his middle finger.
  • Former RoadRunner Jorge Cantu was picked up by Goodfellas ($0 bid) and he released Marlins SP Chris Volstad.
  • RP Hong-Chih Kuo (back strain) is on-track to come off the DL late this week.

Roster Moves – Week 4 – April 19, 2011

Up:

  • SP Tim Stauffer
  • RP Rafael Betancourt

Down:

  • SP Esmil Rogers
  • SP Chris Capuano

Notes:

  • RP Hong-Chih Kuo was placed on the 15-Day DL on Saturday, April 16th, with a lower back strain.
  • Since Get Off Kong! and Stanimals had not submitted their league fee, GOK! FAAB bid of $6 for Kyle Lohse (release Adam Wainwright) was reversed.

Roster Moves – Week 3 – April 12, 2011

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • SP Esmil Rogers, Rockies ($5 FAAB bid), add to actives

Up:

  • OF Matt Holliday
  • SP Mat Latos
  • SP Chris Narveson
  • RP Kenley Jansen

Move:

  • 2B Jeff Baker (from UT)
  • CM Jose Lopez (from 2B)
  • UT Chris Heisey (from OF)

Down:

  • CM Juan Miranda
  • SP Tim Stauffer
  • RP Rafael Betancourt
  • RP Hong-Chih Kuo

Cut:

  • CM Jorge Cantu

Notes:

  • SP Mat Latos was activated from the 15-Day DL (shoulder bursitis) and pitched well against the Reds Monday night.
  • OF Matt Holliday started Sunday, having been sidelined due to an emergency appendectomy for nine days.

Kuo to Make Spring Debut on Wednesday

Hong-Chih Kuo is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut Wednesday. There’s nothing wrong with Kuo physically, but the Dodgers have brought him along slowly this spring. Remember, he has had four operations on his throwing elbow during his career. No need to rush him, especially since relievers don’t need much work to get ready for the season. (Rotoworld / Los Angeles Times)