Archive for March 20th, 2007

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

It’s Karstens v. Kei For 5th Spot

Yankees Rumors & News

Prior to yesterday’s 9-1 defeat at the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays, Yankees prospect Jeff Karstens had looked “as good as anybody in camp,” according to Jason Giambi. In three appearances, he had yet to allow an earned run nor a walk, and opposing batters were 5-for-31 (.161) against him. Unfortunately, Karstens’ path to the majors is blocked by $46 million man Kei Igawa, who appears to have a grip on the 5th spot in the rotation by default. On Friday, the Post’s George King summed up the dilemma as follows:

Remember the kid who played ahead of you because his father wrote a big check to the athletic department? It wasn’t fair, but it happened far too often.

While Jeff Karstens won’t admit it, he has to feel as if he is stuck in a similar situation even if Daddy Warbucks isn’t in play here.

Four days and one start later, Karstens situation isn’t quite as unjust. Through 4.1 innings of work on Monday, the 24-year-old allowed four …

Will Dougie Get His Groove Back?

Mets Rumors & NewsYankees Rumors & News

According to the Bergen Record’s Pete Caldera, former Met and current Yank Doug Mientkiewicz is getting back in the swing of things, drawing a walk, smacking a double, and hitting the ball hard in two other plate appearances. Prior to yesterday’s game, the slick-fielding first baseman had just one hit in 25 at-bats.

Yankees skipper Joe Torre has hinted that the possibility exists that Mientkiewicz could play every day for the club, however much like the Mets’ Shawn Green in right field, questions loom regarding whether Mientky will hit enough to do so. In the case of Green, the Mets appear set to run with Green until he hits himself out of the lineup or a player such as Lastings Milledge blows the doors of the barn. Mientkiewicz stands on somewhat less firm ground, already facing the liklihood of a platoon at first with either Josh Phelps (.435, 10-for-23) or Andy Phillips (.273, 3-for-11). Nevertheless, he has proven in the past that he can be a .300 hitter …

Shanny Ready To Return

Rangers Rumors & News

Via Newsday’s Steve Zipay:

A little more than a month after Brendan Shanahan suffered a concussion in an accidental collision with the Flyers’ Mike Knuble, the veteran winger is expected to return to action against Philadelphia tomorrow night at the Garden.

Shanahan, who has 28 goals and 26 assists, has practiced with the team since last week and hasn’t experienced vertigo nor post-concussion symptoms. The 38-year-old, who has missed 15 games, will practice today and probably will make one final check-in with his neurologist.

Rangers coach Tom Renney said if Shanahan does play, “I don’t really see giving him exorbitant minutes.”

And in another positive development on the injury front, it looks like Martin Straka’s knee injury is not nearly as severe as the MCL sprains that felled Fedor Tyutin, Marcel Hossa, and Karel Rachunek. An MRI did not reveal significant damage and Straka is listed as day-to-day.

Giants, Jets Make Minor Signings

Giants Rumors & NewsJets Rumors & News

Via the Star-Ledger:

Fullback Vonta Leach, a restricted free agent who visited East Rutherford last week, signed an offer sheet with the Giants yesterday, the team confirmed. The Texans, who tendered Leach before free agency began, have one week to match the offer or they will lose the three-year veteran. Someone familiar with the offer, who requested anonymity because of the one-week waiting period, indicated it was for four years and worth slightly more than $7 million with $1.6 million guaranteed. If Houston doesn’t match the offer, the Giants won’t owe the Texans any compensation. That’s because Leach was an undrafted free agent and received the low tender from the Giants….The Jets re-signed starting veteran right tackle Anthony Clement. It’s believed to be a three-year deal averaging roughly $1.5 million per season. The club released Clement following the season, allowing him to test the free-agent market, where he received lukewarm interest.

Isles’ Simon Won’t Face Time For Crime

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Via Newsday:

New York Islander Chris Simon will not face criminal charges for taking a two-handed swing at New York Rangers forward Ryan Hollweg during a March 8 game, Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced Monday.

Rice said in a statement that she made her decision after considering Hollweg’s injuries, his unwillingness to support the prosecution of the case and the minimal impact the case would have on residents’ safety.

Hollweg, who briefly lost his hearing and suffered a gash to his jaw, told prosecutors last week that he would not file assault charges against Simon for the incident at Nassau Coliseum. Eric Phillips, a spokesman for Rice, said Hollweg’s wishes played an important part in his office’s role not to prosecute.

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