Archive for April 2nd, 2008


Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Pedro Out 4-6 Weeks With Strained Hammy

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets are categorizing Pedro Martinez’s injured hamstring as a “mild strain.” The veteran right-hander is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, though don’t be surprised if it’s closer to two months.

Nelson Figueroa has been called up from AAA New Orleans, though it doesn’t seem the team will require a 5th starter until the second time around the rotation. Of more important note, the injury means Mike Pelfrey is thrust into the role of No. 4 starter while Oliver Perez now gets the start for the final home opener at Shea next Tuesday.

Ex-Met Bannister Shuts Down Tigers

Mets Rumors & News

What a difference a day makes.

Just 24 hours after celebrating Omar Minaya’s offseason acquisition of Johan Santana, the GM is now facing a giant hole in his rotation following the injury to Pedro Martinez.

That sure was a quick honeymoon.

And now that Mets fans have been dealt their bitter taste of reality, I feel obligated to point out that Kansas City’s Brian Bannister pitched brilliantly in Detroit this afternoon, mowing down the Tigers hitters to the tune of 7.0 IP, 2 H, 4 K.

If you recall, Bannister was shipped to the Royals prior to last season in exchange for reliever Ambiorix Burgos, who did his best Jorge Julio imitation upon arriving from Kansas City, before being demoted to AAA and undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Knicks Rumors & News

Finally, for quite possibly the first time since Patrick Ewing was draining jumpers in a Knicks’ uniform, fans have something to cheer about.

Donnie Walsh is in as team president, and Isiah Thomas is on his way out of the organization.

Yeah, I know Isiah is still the coach. And I know Walsh didn’t commit himself to anything, saying just “I need to sit down with Isiah and have a meaningful basketball conversation.”

I think that’s a nice way of saying “I’m not firing him during this press conference. I’ll wait until I can tell him to his face that he doesn’t have a clue and it’s time for him to take a hike.”

The knife that will eventually sever Thomas’s Knicks’ career has been inserted. It’s just a question of how quickly Dolan and Walsh want Thomas to bleed out.

Actually, I kind of hope Walsh doesn’t fire Isiah right away. Something about letting him twist in the wind, coaching this horrid team to the bitter end of its awful season, appeals to me.

Yeah, let …

ESPN: Changing Of The Guard

Knicks Rumors & News

Sorry, this headline just excites me. This picture, too.

Below follows a brief summary of today’s press conference, courtesy of the Journal News’ Mike Dougherty:

NEW YORK – The most pressing question was left unanswered when the Knicks introduced Donnie Walsh as president of basketball operations this afternoon during a Madison Square Garden news conference.

The future of embattled head coach Isiah Thomas remains up in the air.

“I need to sit down and have a meaningful basketball discussion with him,” said Walsh, 67, who grew up in the Bronx and starred at Fordham Prep. “I don’t know enough, and I want to know.”

The conversation is expected in the coming days.

Knicks owner James Dolan announced that he’s given Walsh complete autonomy to run the franchise as he sees fit. Walsh is going to report directly to Dolan, who’s vowed to provide all of the necessary resources.

“His mandate is clear,” said Dolan, who did not linger for questions. “Do whatever is necessary to turn this franchise around.”

The best sixth round ever

Giants Rumors & News

I mentioned yesterday that the Giants now have three selections in the sixth round of the upcoming draft.

Well, in searching around for draft information I came across the perfect illustration of why this could be such a great thing.

NFL.com has a look at the 2000 sixth round, which it calls the ‘Best Sixth Round Ever.’

Look at some of the selections in that round, and it’s hard to argue.

• Tom Brady, Patriots — All by himself, Brady could probably make this the best sixth round in history. But, he’s hardly alone.

Here are some of the other players selected in that round.

• Adalius Thomas, Ravens
• Mike Anderson, Broncos
• Marc Bulger, Rams
• Neil Rackers, Cardinals

We can’t expect Giants GM Jerry Reese to go 8-for-8 with his selections as he did last season. With three shots at it, though, I have faith that Reese will find at least one impact player in that round.

On another note, Giants.com has a look a the Giants’ Super Bowl championship ring. Check out the hardware below….

Fantasy

update…
On cue, ortiz went 2-4 with a 2-run homer on Wednesday afternoon…

Yes, it’s early, but remember, the Sox started their season a bit earlier than the rest of baseball, and as a result, David Ortiz has already seen eleven at-bats in this young season. He is 0-for-11 with 2 walks and a strikeout. It is the longest Big Papi has gone without a hit to begin a season since he joined the Red Sox in 2003.

Ortiz blamed his early struggles in Japan on the sluggishness he felt from the team’s globe trotting. So is Papi still trying to get his groove back, or at age 32, should fans and fantasy owners alike begin to question whether or not the dominant DH’s skills are eroding, even if only slightly.

My verdict? It’s early, folks! Ortiz is an extremely streaky hitter, and no stranger to slumps and slow starts. In April ’03, Ortiz hit .212 with just one homer. In 2007 Papi responded to a string of injuries that limited …

Knicks To Introduce Walsh At 1 p.m.

Knicks Rumors & News

Well, looks like it’s official. The Knicks have scheduled a 1 p.m. press conference today to introduce Donnie Walsh as their next president of basketball operations. Naturally this means Isiah Thomas will be stripped of his team presidency, however whether or not Zeke will be retained as coach or in some other role within the organization is still unclear.

The man doesn’t have a day on the job and yet Knicks fans already have several reasons to be thankful to Walsh. That is because Walsh has already forced Garden chairman James Dolan into making several concessions during the course of negotiations, according to the New York Times.

The franchise’s hierarchy will no longer resemble a circus tent, as Walsh will now report directly to Dolan, cutting Garden president Steve Mills out of the loop. Dolan has also reluctantly allowed Walsh the rewrite the Garden’s Gestapo-like media policies, which have fostered an adversarial relationship with the news media and forbid Garden employees from speaking to …

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