Archive for August 14th, 2007

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

Pedro to Take the Mound Today

Mets Rumors & News

Pedro Martinez is scheduled to make his second rehab start of the season for the Gulf Coast Mets. Facing the Gulf Coast Dodgers, Pedro hopes to continue to shake the rust and improve from his first outing, which was last Wednesday, with the St. Lucie Mets. Here, he gave up five runs in three innings. The game is scheduled to start at noon today, and will be moved from the normal “back field” that GCL teams play on to Tradition Field, in Port St. Lucie, where Mets fans in Florida can catch a glimpse of Pedro.

Pedro can give up all the runs in the world right now. With rehab starts, it’s more important that Pedro throws pain free and has no mechanical issues. The velocity and location will come with the more he throws. After his first start, Pedro was quoted as saying:

“I felt great,” Martinez said. “My arm, my body is recovering good. Making adjustments will take me a little while. I haven’t pitched in so long.”

Hopefully …

Thomas Jones’ injury a strain

Jets Rumors & News

Several sources are reporting that Thomas Jones’ lower right leg injury is a strained calf muscle. Jones’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, was quoted in several media outlets explaining the injury:

“He had an MRI on the right calf and it was determined that he has what is essentially a strain of the calf muscle,” Jones’ Miami-based agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told the Associated Press. “He said the doctor was vague in terms of how much time he would miss, but it would probably be a week-to-week injury.”

As of today Jones will not play in Friday’s game against the Vikings but is confident he will be ready for the season opener against the Patriots.

There is some question as to whether he will return at all in the pre-season. Via Randy Lewis of the New York Post, Eric Mangini had this to say about the length of Jones’ rehab:

“We try to always do what’s best in those situations, and not force somebody back too early, to make sure they go through the whole rehab process, to …

Giants: Tuck’s good health is good news

Giants Rumors & News

Turns out there was some good news for the Giants defense on Saturday despite the unit’s poor showing in a 24-21 loss to Carolina.

No, Michael Strahan didn’t pick up the phone and tell Coach Tom Coughlin “I see the fellas need some help, I’ll be right there.”

But, Justin Tuck, a guy the Giants will need at defensive end whether Strahan plays or not, saw his first game action since injuring his foot last season and came away feeling good about it.

“I think I did pretty well,” Tuck told “It was the first preseason game and I’m just glad to be back out there. We have a lot of things to clean up and we just have to get back out there and go to work.”

In even better news for Giants fans, Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News reports that Tuck took first-team reps Monday instead of William Joseph.

Tuck, in case you aren’t familiar, is a third-year player from Notre Dame. He played in only six games last season …

Abreu playing like he wants to stay

Yankees Rumors & News

A couple of months ago New York Yankees fans couldn’t wait to run Bobby Abreu out of town.

The Yankees were stumbling, and Abreu’s performance — or lack thereof — was being looked at as part of the problem.

At the end of June the veteran outfielder was hitting just .248 with 4 home runs and 35 RBI. He looked disinterested, was playing only so-so defense and was either getting shuffled around the lineup or left out of it entirely on many occasions.

Yankee fans were salivating at the thought of taking the $15 million the team is paying Abreu, who can a free agent at the end of this season, and turning that money into Andruw Jones, Torii Hunter or Ichiro Suzuki.

It might seriously be time to re-evaluate that stance. There have been lots of reasons for the Yankees turnaround over the past couple of months. Stabilized starting pitching, the return to form of Mariano Rivera, the play of Robinson Cano, Melky Cabrera and Hideki Matsui, the improved bench.

Abreu’s presence has also been a key …

Contreras Clears Waivers

Mets Rumors & News

Via The Orphan:

White Sox pitcher, Jose Contreras, has cleared waivers, putting him with Mike Piazza as a player who could be traded by the September 1st trading deadline. Waivers work after July 31st as such: players can be put on waivers for the purpose of trading them, and if they are claimed their waiver can be pulled back. Assuming this happens, a player pulled back must remain with the team for the rest of the season (the Orioles placed Miguel Tejada on waivers and a claim was put in by the White Sox. A trade could not be worked out, and Tejada stayed with the Orioles).

Contreras, a career 54-41 pitcher, is having a disappointing season with the White Sox posting a 6-14 record with an AL worst ERA of 6.24. Recently, Contreras was pulled from the White Sox rotation in favor of rookie Gavin Floyd. He has responded well in the bullpen, allowing one run and one walk in seven innings pitched.

Any team that would take a gamble …

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