Archive for May 8th, 2007


Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

Desperate Measures Could Backfire

Yankees Rumors & News

Despite the spasms of ecstasy radiating from the Bronx, there’s been a lot criticism directed toward the Bombers for their handling of the Roger Clemens signing. While no one would argue that Clemens will look a whole lot better in pinstripes than either Kei Igawa or Carl Pavano have, there are questions of whether the Rocket is still the caliber of pitcher that warrants the highest salary on the roster, and whether the franchise conceded too much by allowing the pitcher the privilege of not having to travel with the team.

In San Diego, former Yank David Wells called the exemption disrespectful to the clubhouse, saying, “That’s not the Yankee way. The Yankees have changed.” Wells’ teammate Greg Maddux expressed similar sentiments.

Meanwhile, in The New York Post, Joel Sherman opines that by bending over backwards for Clemens here, GM Brian Cashman may have set himself up for a long offseason. Says Sherman:

“[Alex] Rodriguez and, just as vitally, his agent, Scott Boras, now know how …

Pavano Wants Surgery

Yankees Rumors & News

Via The Post:

Carl Pavano isn’t a happy flyer today. According to the oft-injured pitcher, the Yankees are sending him to see Dr. Frank Jobe in California after two other surgeons informed him his right elbow requires surgery.

“How many more doctors do I need to see so they can tell me I need surgery?” Pavano asked. “Dr. Andrews and Dr. Altchek told me I needed surgery. Andrews said there was damage and Altchek said there was a ligament tear.”

Pavano said he will be examined by Jobe tomorrow and he expects Jobe to concur with Andrews and Altchek.

“I don’t see how he says ‘No’ [to surgery],” Pavano said.

“Obviously we’re going to pull out every opportunity right now to get a really precise reading on what we’re dealing with,” GM Brian Cashman said.

Asked if it was up to Pavano to choose surgery, Cashman said, “No.”

Additional reports indicated that Pavano was mistaken, and that he’ll in fact be meeting with Angels’ team physician Dr. Lewis Yocum, not Jobe. Either way, it’s the fourth doctor …

Two-For-One

Mets Rumors & News

(AP Photo/Tony Avelar)Giants’ catcher Bengie Molina hits a 5th inning homer, his second of the inning.

Mets bumble & stumble as 2 errors lead to 9-run fifth

New York Daily News

Errors Lead to Giants’ Big Inning and Doom Mets

New York Times

RAKING THE FIFTH

New York Post

Molina, not Bonds, lifts Giants over Mets

Newsday

Staal Is Outstanding

Rangers Rumors & News

Via the Journal News’ Sam Weinman:

The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Sudbury Wolves Defenceman Marc Staal is the recipient of the Max Kaminsky Trophy as the OHL’s Most Outstanding Defenceman for the 2006-07 season.

Staal was the Rangers’ 1st round pick (12th overall) in the 2005 NHL Draft.

Proctor Suspended 4 Games, Torre 1

Yankees Rumors & News

Via the AP:

Yankees reliever Scott Proctor was suspended four games and manager Joe Torre was penalized one game by Major League Baseball on Monday, a day after a skirmish between the Seattle Mariners and New York.

Proctor appealed his suspension, meaning he can pitch until a hearing is held and a ruling is issued.

Torre will miss Monday night’s game against the Mariners. Bench coach Don Mattingly will manage in Torre’s absence.

Igawa Sent To Minors

Yankees Rumors & News

UPDATE: The AP confirms that Igawa has been shipped to Class-A Tampa, not Class-AAA Scranton. Bizarre. A bit of a slap in the face to the athlete, and an embarrassing black eye to GM Brian Cashman and his brain trust. Again, I wonder if some sort of injury is at play here or if the Yankees really think their Japanese import is that bad.

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According to the Journal News’ Peter Abraham, Kei Igawa has been optioned to AAA Scranton while Darrell Rasner will remain in the rotation for now. Rasner helped his cause tremendously on Sunday, pitching 5.3 scoreless innings. Igawa meanwhile surrendered 8 runs – including 3 home runs – through four innings of work on Friday. The Yankees spent $46 million during the offseason to acquire Igawa, who – with the arrival of Roger Clemens – could conceivably not see a major league mound for the rest of 2007.

The Star-Ledger’s blog is reporting that Igawa was in fact optioned to Class A Tampa, …

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