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Posts tagged ‘Peter Moylan’

Roster Moves – September 22nd – Week 25

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • C Josh Thole, Mets ($0, active at DH)

Up:

  • C Ryan Hanigan

Down:

  • C Chris Iannetta
  • OF Cory Sullivan

Cut:

  • RP Peter Moylan

Roster Moves – August 25th – Week 21

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • RP Peter Moylan, Braves ($0, reserve)

Notes:

  • I bid $17 on new Cardinals SP John Smoltz, but was outbid.  The results: $54 Shoeless Jews, $26 Get Off Kong!, $21 X-Men, $17 Atomic RoadRunners, $11 Misogynistic Padres, $0 Cover Zero
  • I bid $17 on new Diamondbacks 1B Brandon Allen, who had already been picked up and released by X-Men earlier this year.  The results: $20 Get Off Kong!, $17 Atomic Roadrunners

Say Goodbye To: Rajai Davis, Jon Lieber, Peter Moylan

The San Francisco Giants designated outfielder Rajai Davis for assignment on Sunday, the team announced following their 3-0 win over St. Louis. “We’ll see in the next few days what transpires,” Davis said. To replace Davis on the roster, San Francisco will purchase the contract of infielder Emmanuel Burriss from Fresno. When Dave Roberts (knee) was placed on the disabled list, it meant Davis was to get more starts for the Giants. He played Friday and Saturday against the Cardinals, but was hitting just .056 with four stolen bases. It’s time to cut bait with him in Fantasy play.

Entering Sunday’s game, the Cubs bullpen has a 2.57 ERA and Jon Lieber — a former starter — has contributed to the success. “The biggest thing was him accepting it,” pitching coach Larry Rothschild said. “He’d been through it last year a little bit. Jon is a guy who learns quickly, and I think he learned from that experience. He likes being here and I think that helps him. Before this year is over, I think he’ll be starting at some point.” Manager Lou Piniella also hinted that Lieber might get a start. “We have (Sean) Marshall and Lieber who deserve an opportunity,” Piniella said. “I’m not talking about now, I’m talking down the road a little bit.” The Cubs intend to use Lieber as their long reliever, and haven’t been hesitant to do so thus far. If a starter in in trouble, they know Lieber, who has years of starting experience, will be ready. Lieber remains a solid Fantasy middle reliever, who could get a spot start at times.

Braves RP Peter Moylan may still need reconstructive elbow surgery, but he was feeling a little better after three hours of stretching and exercising before Friday’s game against the Dodgers. The Braves say he’ll need season-ending surgery if the rehab doesn’t work. “If you had asked me yesterday, I would have said no chance,” Moylan said. “But having treatment today and feeling how it feels now, there’s a chance. There’s at least a chance. If there wasn’t, I’d say, ‘Go ahead and have surgery.” The right-hander apparently has a bone spur imbedded in a ligament, which he said “feels like a spear in there.” The injury came when he had just started filling in as the closer for Rafael Soriano, who went on the disabled list with a tender elbow. “It crushed me,” Moylan said. “I was so amped up, so ready to pitch, I guess I was too amped up. I was throwing harder than I’ve thrown all year. The crazy thing was, I was hitting my spots better than I have all year, too. It was the best I’ve thrown in I can’t remember how long.” Moylan is usually just a setup man, limiting his Fantasy appeal mostly to NL-only leagues. At this point, Tommy John surgery seems more likely than not, but keep him stashed if you can.

Roster Moves – April 22nd

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • P Nelson Figueroa, Mets ($2 bid) [active]
  • P Manny Acosta, Braves ($1 bid) [active]
  • OF Gregor Blanco, Braves ($0 bid) [active]

Up:

  • OF Matt Murton, Cubs
  • C Chris Iannetta, Rockies

Down:

  • OF Brian Barton, Cardinals
  • OF Andruw Jones, Dodgers
  • C Javier Valentin, Reds

Cut:

  • P Peter Moylan, Braves
  • P Jon Lieber, Cubs
  • OF Rajai Davis, Giants

Note: Gregor Blanco becomes the first Atomic Roadrunner this season to re-join the team following his release. Blanco has worked his way into a LF platoon with Matt Diaz, something that hadn’t happened when he was released last week.

Moylan Might Need TJ Surgery

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Peter Moylan might require reconstructive elbow surgery. If so, he’ll miss the rest of the season, but the Braves are going to wait two weeks to determine if it’s necessary. Moylan has a bone spur pressing against the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, which has “compromised” the ligament. The Braves hope that with rehab he’ll be able to avoid the knife, but it seems unlikely. There’s a small chance he won’t need Tommy John surgery, but even then he’d likely miss a significant amount of time. Manny Acosta will get the first chance at closing games with Moylan and Rafael Soriano out, but the Braves may use a closer-by-committee system as well. (Rotoworld, Rotowire)

Moylan’s Elbow: “Help Me!”

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Peter Moylan (elbow) is scheduled to be examined Wednesday by Dr. James Andrews and “could be out quite a while.” Moylan has been diagnosed with a strained elbow, but the newspaper notes than an MRI “showed irregularities that could indicate a serious injury.” It sounds like Moylan is going to be out a significant amount of time and possibly miss the season. Manny Acosta will likely get the first chance to close games until Rafael Soriano returns from the DL. Manager Bobby Cox said Tuesday that the Braves “will just mix it up” by using a closer-by-committee approach that includes Manny Acosta, Blaine Boyer and Will Ohman while Moylan and Rafael Soriano are sidelined. Acosta is the favorite for saves. (Rotoworld, Rotowire)

Also, under the headline “Another Shrimp Barbied“, Bugs and Cranks had the following to say:

Sometimes, I don’t know why I bother trying to stay positive.

Scant hours after I listed Peter Moylan as one of the lone bright spots in the Braves’ so-far ho-hum season, the Aussie hurler goes and winds up on the disabled list.

Son of a bitch.

For those of you scoring at home, that’s now four starting pitchers missing time with injuries, and two closers on the shelf with bum wings. In the season’s first twelve games. To say nothing of Mike Gonzalez and Anthony Lerew, already on the DL with healing elbows. At this point, only two weeks into the season, I can come to one of three conclusions:

1. Someone in the Braves’ clubhouse has secretly replaced all the pitchers’ arms with single-ply tissue paper, to see if anyone notices. (Note: I have. Now stop it already.)

2. Tim Hudson and Jair Jurrjens, the only Braves pitchers seemingly unaffected by this injury epidemic, must have arms made of reinforced concrete, with solid steel tendons. Either that, or they’re next.

3. If Mike Hampton, who already has plenty of material for an ‘Injury-a-Day‘ desk calendar, actually attempts to return during this seemingly star-crossed period, I fear the man will literally shatter into tiny pieces on the mound. These are omens, Mikey. Stay away until the getting’s good.

And right now, the getting is anything but good. Just look around. Jeff Bennett’s thrown the most innings on the team, other than Hudson. Manny Acosta and his 7.20 ERA are closing out games, assuming that sort of thing is actually required. And some guy named Jorge Campillo is out in the bullpen, with a uniform on. And Bobby Cox is calling him in to pitch in real live games. Freaky.

Roster Moves – April 15th

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • OF John Bowker, Giants ($2 bid) [active]
  • P Mike Gonzalez, Braves ($0 bid)

Up:

  • P Jon Lieber, Cubs
  • P Peter Moylan, Braves
  • OF Brian Barton, Cardinals

Down:

  • OF Shane Victorino, Phillies (15-Day DL)
  • OF Rajai Davis, Giants
  • P Chuck James, Atlanta
  • P Zach Duke, Pirates

Cut:

  • OF Gregor Blanco, Braves
  • 3B Greg Dobbs, Phillies

Moylan Lands on DL

Braves placed RHP Peter Moylan on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 12, with a sore right elbow. The Braves are being awfully secretive this year, so there’s no telling how long Moylan will out. It’s a good bet that Rafael Soriano will beat him back from the disabled list. In the meantime, Manny Acosta becomes the favorite for saves in the Atlanta pen. He isn’t pitching any better than Blaine Boyer, but he was getting more work in key games. (Rotoworld)

Moylan Gets the Save

With closer Rafael Soriano on the disabled list with elbow tendinitis, the Braves turned to RP Peter Moylan for the save Friday at Washington. He pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out two. Moylan threw 10 pitches, nine of them strikes. Moylan certainly looked good closing out Friday’s game, but Braves manager Bobby Cox hasn’t definitely dubbed him his replacement closer. Manny Acosta could still get a turn. But for now, Moylan looks like the guy to own in Fantasy. He had a 1.80 ERA in 80 appearances last year. (Rotoworld, CBS Sports)

Moylan Might Be Braves Closer

Moylan could be used in save situations for the Braves after closer Rafael Soriano (elbow) was placed on the disabled list on Wednesday, the Braves’ official website reports. When asked, manager Bobby Cox didn’t specify who he’d use as his temporary closer, but either Moylan and Manny Acosta could be used in that role. It’s a toss-up as to who will be the top option, so check the box score on Thursday to see who gets the save opportunity if the Braves are in that situation. (Rotowire)

Braves manager Bobby Cox is reluctant to name a replacement. He said he’d “play it by ear,” citing no reason to put any added pressure on one pitcher. However, it is believed the top contenders to fill in for Soriano are Peter Moylan and Manny Acosta. Both have excelled in relief roles with 2.23 and 2.28 respective career ERAs. “It doesn’t matter to me whether it’s the fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth or ninth inning,” Moylan said of a potential shift in his bullpen role. “I’m still going to do what I do. I’m trying to get guys out. It’s exactly the same. It doesn’t matter if we’re up by 10 or up by one or down by one.”

The Braves would be foolish to pass on Moylan at closer because he has done so well in the majors. Last season, he posted a 5-3 record and 1.80 ERA in 80 appearances. So far in 2008, he is 0-1 with a 1.93 ERA in six outings. If you had to take a flier on one of the Braves pitchers, Moylan would be the better pick. (CBS Sports)