Archive for March 27th, 2007

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

QRich, DLee May Be Done For Good

Knicks Rumors & News

Via the Post’s Marc Berman:

The reclusive Quentin Richardson and David Lee have something in common with Jamal Crawford. There’s no assurance either will return this season.

Richardson avoided reporters for a seventh straight day, sitting out last night again, raising speculation he’s finished….It is aberrant behavior for a player normally very accessible.

Lee, meanwhile, has shut it down again for an indefinite time, and revealed Knicks doctors will make the next call on when and if he plays this season – a sign Lee’s overzealousness led him to coming back too early on Friday….”(The doctors) want to keep reviewing it,” Lee said. “They’ll let me know when I’m ready to go. It wasn’t a mistake. I did it for the right reasons.”

Well, it does look like a mistake and his premature return could have slowed his progress.

DiPietro Concussed, Isles’ Season Likely Over

Islanders Rumors & News

As much as the Islanders have tried to deny it, goalie Rick DiPietro clearly suffered more than “general soreness” following his ill-fated and imbecile race to the puck against Montreal on March 13. DiPietro sat out two games following the collision before returning for games against Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and the Rangers. Now comes the news today that the goalie is experiencing post-concussion symptoms and is out indefinitely.

On his blog, Newsday’s Greg Logan speculates that DiPietro’s melon may have been further rattled during a scrum in the crease on Sunday wherein Sean Avery seemed to land on the goalie’s head.

If DiP is out for any extended time – as is usually case with head injuries – the Islanders’ season is effectively over. Backup Mike Dunham is a horrible goaltender, as Ranger fans learned during the latter stages of their playoff drought, and as Islanders fans quickly discovered during DiPietro’s earlier absence.

If the Isles’ do miss the playoffs, it will be a difficult blow for …

Jets In Turkey Day Matinee

Jets Rumors & News

Attention Jets fans: Gang Green is matched up against Dallas at 4:30 on Thanksgiving Day, so plan your Turkey Day accordingly!

Via Newsday’s Tom Rock:

The Jets will dine on some Texas turkey this year, traveling to Dallas to play the Cowboys in their traditional Thanksgiving Day game. It will be broadcast on CBS at 4:30 p.m. and will mark the Jets’ first Thanksgiving game since a 31-20 loss to the Lions in 1985 at the Silverdome.

The franchise has played five Thanksgiving games, three as the Titans (all wins) and two as the Jets (both losses). The Packers will face the Lions in the early game and the Colts will play the Falcons on Thanksgiving night.

This will be the first time the Jets face the Cowboys on the holiday and the second time newly acquired running back Thomas Jones faces his brother, Cowboys running back Julius Jones, on Thanksgiving. Thomas Jones and the Bears lost, 21-7, at Dallas on Thanksgiving in 2004.

Giant Roundup

Giants Rumors & News

The Giants have officially signed their first free agent of the offseason. After missing out on such targets as Dominic Rhodes, Kevin Curtis, Leonard Davis, and Vonta Leach, linebacker Kawika Mitchell passed his physical and signed on the dotted line this morning. For more on the signing, check out the Daily Rags.

Speaking of Vonta Leach, the Texans officially matched the Giants’ offer sheet yesterday afternoon.

And in another bit of Giants news, the NFL has announced that the Giants will kick off their 2007 season in Dallas in an NBC-televised prime time game. The full schedule will be released on April 5th.

Less Is Mo’

Yankees Rumors & News

The Times’ Tyler Kepner takes a look at the Yankee bullpen, and states that the organization is very serious about using closer Mariano Rivera for just three outs this season.

In 2006, 27% of Rivera’s appearances were in games with 4+ outs remaining, his highest such total since 2001. While Rivera has been utilized in this manner throughout his career, elbow woes last year have prompted the team to proceed more cautiously this season.

As a result, the Yankees will be increasingly reliant on the performance of guys like Scott Proctor, Kyle Farnsworth, Brian Bruney, and Luis Vizcaino (acquired in the Randy Johnson deal).

Yanks’ Pitchers Feeling Good

Yankees Rumors & News

Via Newsday’s Kat O’Brien:

For a change, the only news the Yankees received about their starting rotation was positive. Andy Pettitte (back spasms) threw a bullpen session, Chien-Ming Wang (hamstring) is feeling better, Jeff Karstens (elbow) is not injured and might even make the Opening Day roster, and Kei Igawa simply pitched well.

It sounds as if there’s still the possibility that Pettitte could miss his first turn in the rotation, but the team will know more after he throws another session in the pen on Wednesday. Pettite, for his part, expects to be ready. Meanwhile, Carl Pavano has an important start this afternoon, facing the Twins in his final tune-up before his probable start on opening day.

As for Kei Igawa, the Kaz Ishii comparisons may have been a bit premature, and the pitcher has at least improved from start-to-start. He’ll likely prove capable in the fifth starter’s role for the Yanks. In 17 innings of work, the Japanese lefty has allowed five earned runs on 13 hits and …

Milledge’s Hurt Johnson’s Gain?

Mets Rumors & News

The Daily News’ Adam Rubin wonders if the bad contusion suffered by Lastings Milledge after getting plunked by a pitch could cost him a roster spot coming out of camp. If Milledge is unable to go, the Mets could look to take Ben Johnson north as a right-handed bat off the bench and 5th outfielder.

An opportunity for either player only exists if the Mets decide to start Mike Pelfrey in AAA and instead carry an extra bench player since the team won’t need a 5th starter during the season’s first two weeks.

While Rubin and others seem to think the decision is a foregone conclusion, reporting on WFAN yesterday, Ed Coleman seemed to think the Mets were inclined to roll out five starters regardless of the schedule in order to give El Duque an extra day’s rest. If that’s the case, Milledge and Johnson are both bound for AAA New Orleans.

Cheaters Welcome In MLB Clubhouses

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In the Daily Rags today you’ll find several accounts of reliever Guillermo Mota’s triumphant debut at Mets’ camp. Six weeks after his teammates started spring training, Mota reported yesterday to begin tuning up for the start of his season, which begins following the 50-game ban he received for violating baseball’s steroid policy.

In the Post, Kevin Kernan pens the best piece of the day, declaring that after witnessing the hero’s welcome that Mota received yesterday, he is completely confident that baseball will never be rid of the spectre of steroids. Said Billy Wagner, as quoted by Kernan:

“You’ve got corking, you’ve got triple-dipping bats, rocks for baseballs, you’ve got pine tar on their hats, you name it. Everybody’s cheating, trying to get an advantage. The only people who have to say they’re sorry is the ones that get caught.”

Kernan’s point is that just as Yankee fans cheer every Jason Giambi long ball, Mets fans will easily forgive and forget Mota’s offense – especially with the sudden void in the …

The Low-Down On Duaner

Mets Rumors & News

The morning papers today provide us with some further insight into the latest setback for Mets’ reliever Duaner Sanchez. According to Newsday,the fractured bone in question is the coracoid – “a small bone in the front of the shoulder to which tendons and ligaments are attached.” The injury is apparently a rare one, and while team doctors are recommending surgery to repair the fracture with a small screw, GM Omar Minaya admits that the injury represents somewhat “uncharted waters.”

In the Bergen Record, Steve Popper attempts to answer a question on a lot of people’s minds: How did this happen? According to Popper, “team doctors believe that the [taxi] accident that separated his shoulder in the early morning hours [last July 31] weakened the coracoid…and when he threw Thursday morning the stress caused a hairline fracture.”

Said Sanchez: “I don’t really want to believe it. But this is real life and you’ve got to face it.”

Sanchez Shelved, Faces More Surgery

Mets Rumors & News

UPDATE: According to WFAN’s Ed Coleman, Sanchez has a hairline fracture of a bone in his shoulder called the coracoid. The injury will cost him 4 months, which obviously puts his entire season in jeopardy.

Via Daily News’ Adam Rubin:

Duaner Sanchez is headed for a second surgery on his surgically repaired right shoulder, a source told the Daily News. The Mets have yet to announce the procedure. Sanchez heard a pop while throwing on the mound Thursday for the first time since Aug. 1 surgery to repair a separated shoulder.

You’ll recall that Mets doctors initially diagnosed the mysterious “pop” as scar tissue breaking up inside the joint. Evidently an MRI revealed something much more serious.

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