Archive for August 19th, 2008

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

Wagner Suffers Setback, Season in Jeopardy

Mets Rumors & News

All seemed well for Billy Wagner on Saturday.  The Mets closer finished a simulated game and was on track to return to the Mets on Monday.  Then Wagner’s elbow began to swell.  What was concerning is Wagner didn’t hurt his elbow, but was sent to the disabled list for a forearm strain.  On Monday it was decided that Wagner would not come off the disabled list.  He was diagnosed with elbow stiffness and would receive further evaluation on Tuesday.

Well the further evaluation isn’t good.  An MRI revealed today that Wagner is suffering from elbow inflamation, which could cause him to miss the remainder of the season.

“I’m very frustrated, but there’s not much for me to do,” Wagner said. “I want to play. I want to compete. There’s only so much time in a career and I want to get out there and help my teammates. We’re in a great situation right now. We’re leading our division and we’ve got a great chance to go …

Zebo to the Cavs?

Knicks Rumors & News

After the Cleveland Cavaliers landed point guard Mo Williams, from the Milwaukee Bucks, rumors surfaced that the Cavs were interested in a Knicks big man. Zach Randolph was nearly traded to the Bucks at the trade deadline last the season and Donnie Walsh had discussions with the Los Angles Clippers about Zebo earlier this off-season. Mike Brown is a defensive minded coach and Randolph is not known for his defense. However, he is a legit low-post scorer and has averaged 20 points-10 rebounds in a season. The Cavs averaged only 96.4 points per game, which ranked 24th in the NBA.
Walsh feels Randolph (and his max contract) would be better on another team.  With LeBron James running the show in Cleveland, the hope would be Randolph would fall in line and re-energize the player who looked lazy for the Knicks at the end of last season…

Hot Stove Q&A with Brett Gardner

Yankees Rumors & News

For the past three seasons Melky Cabrera has been the up and coming Yankee center fielder. The team believed in him so much they called him up on the anniversary of the day that Bernie Williams was first called to the Bronx.
But a season full of disappointments has found Melky in Scranton and in his place is the speedy 24-year-old Brett Gardner. In his first cup of coffee in the Bronx Gardner underwhelmed everyone with his .143 batting average and .373 OPS through his first 16 games.
Now in his second stint with the team he has already gotten off to a hot start by going 5-for-14 and he even picked up a game winning hit.
Hot Stove NY sat down with Gardner this week and discussed what it was like to struggle during his first shot with the Yanks and what he expects through the rest of the way. Enjoy.
Hot Stove: What was your first major …

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Giants vs. Browns

Giants Rumors & News

The Good: Domenik “That’s Not a Typo” Hixon scored three touchdowns in the first quarter of last night’s 37-34 victory over the Browns. He caught two TD passes from Eli Manning, and returned a free kick after a safety for an 82-yard touchdown. That’s a good three-game stretch never mind one quarter. The 23-year-old already showed his kick-returning prowess at the end of last season, and now maybe the Giants have another receiving threat. Both touchdown catches were impressive, as he had to drag his feet to stay in the end zone. The Giants played this game without Plaxico Burress, Amani Toomer and Steve Smith and still racked up 37 points. Depth at the receiving corps has never been a Giants strength, but maybe this year Manning will have many options to choose from. And with Kevin Boss replacing Jeremy Shockey, the QB will need a strong group of receivers.
Eli Manning …

Mets-Braves Series Preview

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets head back to Shea after winning six out of seven in Washington and Pittsburgh, and in first place by a game and a half. They did what they were supposed to do against the teams they’re supposed to do it against (didn’t Yogi Berra once say that?). The bullpen is still the big question mark of the team, though. You’d like to see the offense score more than two runs against the Pirates yesterday, but you’d also like to see the relief corps not cough up five runs in three innings. Luis Ayala, a bullpen turns its lonely eyes to you.
Remember when the Mets and Braves had a rivalry? That didn’t last long. The Braves are now one of the teams the Mets need to beat up on. Atlanta is entrenched in fourth place, and the glory days are now long gone. They’re not even on …

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