Archive for March 12th, 2008

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Crisp on his way to Flushing?

Mets Rumors & News

Rumors are running wild about a possible trade between the Red Sox and the Mets. What is being brought up is a swap involving Mets outfielder Angel Pagan for Sox outfielder Coco Crisp.

The Mets are in need of an outfielder after the recent injury to Moises Alou, sidelining him 4-6 weeks.

Crisp could instantly make the Mets outfield one of the best defensive groups in the league. In 2005 with the Indians, Crisp had his most productive offensive season hitting 16 homeruns with 69 RBI and a .300 batting average. He would also bring more speed to an already fast lineup. But Crisp, it seems, has forgotten how to hit the ball the past 2 years in Boston. He has averaged 7 homeruns, 48 RBI and a .266 batting average.

Pagan has shown great hustle and drive during Spring Training thus far but has never figured out how to put it all together in the Majors. In a small sample size Pagan has hit for a .255 average, which is why the Cubs were willing …

Bench-Clearing Brawl in Yanks-Rays Game

Yankees Rumors & News

Fireworks in Tampa today, where the Yanks and Rays are playing for the first time since Saturday’s controversial collision at home plate between Elliot Johnson and Francisco Cervelli. Benches have cleared, and several players have been ejected.

Via Peter Abraham:

Shelley Duncan (of course) started the top of the second with a single. He tried to go to second as the ball rolled behind third base and was out by five feet. Duncan slid in with his spikes exceedingly high at Akinori Iwamura and was tagged out. He was immediately ejected.

Tampa Bay right fielder Jonny Gomes raced over and tackled Duncan and the benches cleared. There didn’t seem to be any punches thrown.

Gomes has been ejected as well. So were Bobby Meacham and Kevin Long.

I would think Duncan would get suspended for what he did. It was pretty blatant.

UPDATE: Just to make it clear, Duncan slid in with his right spike high in the air. Whether you think it was right or not is your call, but that’s what he did.

These teams …

El Duque Is Ready For Game Action

Mets Rumors & News

Encouraging news from Port St. Lucie today, where Orlando Hernandez threw a three-inning, 60-pitch simulated game, and afterwards told reporters that he is ready to toe the rubber in a real game.

As you know, El Duque has been searching all spring for a windup and delivery that would alleviate the pain of a bunion on his right foot. To that end, the veteran pitcher has abandoned the high leg-kick that became his signature. Following a seemingly endless procession of bullpen sessions, it appeared that El Duque was falling woefully behind the other starters in camp, however, his 60-pitch outing today puts him right on-line with Pedro Martinez, who expects to see his first game-action this weekend.

With any luck, both pitchers could be ready by Opening Day.

Elbow Pain Forces Pettitte to Miss Today’s Start

Yankees Rumors & News

Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte will miss his scheduled start today with what the team is describing as “mild tendinitis outside his elbow.” Is that better than mild tendinitis inside the elbow? Either way, doesn’t sound like anything a little HGH couldn’t clear right up…

Via Peter Abraham’s LoHud Yankees Blog:

Pettitte felt the pain during his bullpen session on Sunday. Girardi didn’t know about it until yesterday, an indication of how minor it is. Pettitte wanted to pitch today but was overruled. “Y’all know how it is,” he said. “They’re extremely cautious here.”

Additionally, Pete’s got some audio from Andy as well, so check it out:

Pedro Strong in Simulated Game

Mets Rumors & News

Yesterday with the Mets travelling across state to Fort Myers to take on the Red Sox, Pedro Martinez was back in Port St. Lucie getting his own work in.  Pedro threw three innings of simulated baseball, and was said to look sharp.

In three-plus innings, Pedro threw 59 pitches, 43 for strikes.  His fastball only topped out at 87 MPH, but speed isn’t the number one priority for Pedro, health is.

“I’ve been bombarded with questions about Johan [Santana], when I’m going to pitch and my velocity,” Martinez said. “But no one asks about my health. And that’s the most important thing. Tommy [Glavine] was successful. No one asked about his velocity. The No. 1 thing is health, then command of all my pitches.”

I expect Pedro to gain some velocity on his fastball, but not the same type of velocity he had in his hay-day with the Red Sox.  At 36, with a surgically repaired arm it’s not a realistic expectation. For Pedro it will be all about changing speeds, and there’s no …

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