Archive for May 4th, 2007


Friday, May 4th, 2007

B-Lo: The New Hockeytown?

Rangers Rumors & News

While everyone knows Ranger fans are the loudest and proudest hockey fans in the U.S. of A., and the Islanders surely have their die-hards as well, The New York Times says neither NY-local has the best fans in the country, or even the state.

Yep, hate to say it, but that honor apparently belongs to Buffalo. And honestly, is anyone surprised? What else is there to do in Western New York? You can only ride down Niagara Falls in a barrel so many times.

But in all seriousness, kudos to B-Lo. Three years ago the Sabres couldn’t get a fan in the building, and the team seemed on its way out of town. It would have been a shame to see yet another hot spot for passionate hockey fans lose their team to the bean counters. There are too many NHL franchises in cities that could care less (I’m looking at you, Nashville!) while cities like Winnipeg, Quebec, and even Hartford are left by the wayside.

So congrats, …

DiPi Has Hip Surgery

Islanders Rumors & News

Well, while everyone was buzzing about the two concussions suffered by Islanders franchise goaltender Rick DiPietro is a span of 12-days, DiPi apparently had other worries on his clouded mind.

The Islanders have revealed that the goalie battled a chronic hip condition during the season’s final two months – often carrying the team on his back despite the injury. Earlier this week, DiPi underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to repair a labral tear in his left hip. He’s expected to be ready to go well before training camp.

DiPi is entering Year 2 of his ridiculous 15-year contract on Long Island.

Can You Say Everyday Endy?

Mets Rumors & News

When Moises Alou was back in the lineup on the heals of heading for an MRI on a banged up shoulder, Mets fans breathed a sigh of relief. Well it sure was short-lived, wasn’t it?

Apparently, Alou not only received an MRI on his shoulder on Tuesday, but also one on his left knee. The exam revealed arthritis in the knee joint and a slightly torn meniscus. Alou wore a knee brace during last night’s game in Arizona, however he was replaced by pinch runner Endy Chavez in the sixth inning after complaining of swelling. According to Newsday, the veteran left fielder suggested that it’s possible he could need the knee drained or even a cortisone shot.

My understanding is that cortisone injections can weaken ligaments and cartilage. Probably not the best idea for a guy with a torn meniscus…

Tommy John For Calamity Carl?

Yankees Rumors & News

Via The New York Post:

Whenever Carl Pavano visits Dr. James Andrews, the noted orthopedic surgeon is expected to recommend the oft-injured right-hander needs surgery. And since Pavano is complaining of stiffness and soreness in the forearm, it’s likely Pavano is headed for Tommy John surgery.

This is speculative, of course, but would anyone be surprised?

Yanks, DeSalvo Make History

Yankees Rumors & News

When Matt DeSalvo makes his major-league debut on Monday, he will be the sixth rookie pitcher to start a game for the Bombers this season, and the 10th starter they’ve sent to the mound in the team’s first 30 games – a major league record.

It appears that after making his scheduled start on Sunday, Darrell Rasner will be sent down to AAA in order to make room on the roster for DeSalvo. As a result, it seems it will be DeSalvo, not Rasner, who sticks around for the next turn in the rotation.

Manager Joe Torre, as quoted by the Star-Ledger’s Lisa Kennelly, on why Rasner – who made the team out of spring training – is getting bumped here:

“[DeSalvo] has more natural stuff than Rasner,” Torre said. “We just feel Matty, it may be his time … we just decided we want to try Matty’s stuff.”

For more on DeSalvo, check out Scout.com‘s scouting report here.

Park Benched

Mets Rumors & News

To the relief of Mets fans, it appears that Chan Ho Park won’t get a second start after unraveling on the mound on Monday. The Daily News’ Adam Rubin reports that Park has been demoted and the Mets have called up reliever Lino Urdaneta to serve as an extra arm in the pen until Saturday when the Mets will need to find a starter. Presumably Jorge Sosa will get the call, though Aaron Sele is another option.

Reyes, Rollins, Ramirez Turning Heads

Mets Rumors & News

In Sports Illustrated this week, Ben Reiter pens a fantastic profile on Jimmy Rollins, Jose Reyes and Hanley Ramirez. Says Reiter:

Rollins, Reyes and Ramirez represent the next step in the evolution of the shortstop, from speedy, slick-fielding slap hitter (Phil Rizzuto, Luis Aparicio, Ozzie Smith), to thickly built slugger (Cal Ripken Jr., Alex Rodriguez, Nomar Garciaparra, Miguel Tejada), to an even more versatile, physically explosive prototype.

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