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Will Wandy Land in Colorado?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


More on the possible destination change for Wandy Rodriguez in a minute, but first, an actual trade. Going to the Jays: Kelly Johnson. Going to the D'Backs: Aaron Hill and John McDonald (yes, as confirmed by the presence of McDonald, it's a blockbuster). I'd be surprised if this sparks a dramatic long-term turnaround for Johnson (who's hitting just .209/.287/.412 with 18 homers) or Hill (hitting .225 with six homers), but there is some potential for a change-of-scenery spike in production for both players.

In other trade-related news, the Rockies successfully claimed Wandy Rodriguez from the Astros, giving them until Thursday at 1 p.m. ET to negotiate a deal. However, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Astros are looking for "significant pieces" in return for Rodriguez. Among the names that Renck discusses as possibilities to go to Houston are Christian Friedrich, Wilin Rosario and Hector Gomez. Rodriguez has a respectable 3.62 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 27/8 K/BB ratio in six career starts (32 1/3 IP) at Coors Field, so there's hope that a deal to Colorado wouldn't affect him too adversely.

  • Cole Hamels (shoulder) hit the DL on Tuesday, but the news is hardly grim on that front. Per beat writer Todd Zolecki, pitching coach Rich Dubee said that Hamels looked "absolutely fabulous" during a Tuesday bullpen, and the lefty is scheduled to return to the rotation on Monday.

  • In less positive shoulder-related news, Tommy Hanson had his scheduled bullpen session canceled on Tuesday after throwing just nine pitches (and, according to the Braves TV crew, feeling pain) during his Monday session. The right-hander was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment on Saturday, but now that won't be happening. For the moment, it's unclear how significant of a setback this is.

  • Adam Jones left Tuesday's game due to shortness of breath and mild chest pains and was taken to the hospital for tests, according to MASNSports. It's unclear exactly what's ailing Jones, but beat writer Dan Connolly reports that the issue is believed to be muscular or structural rather than cardio-related, adding that the tests "all look good." For the time being these are positive developments, and we should get another update at some point during the day on Wednesday.

  • The Marlins recalled Logan Morrison from Triple-A on Tuesday, bringing him back to the team immediately after he became eligible. Morrison hit just .167 (4-for-24) with one homer in the minors, but it should be safe to get him back in fantasy lineups right away regardless.

    In other Marlins news, Leo Nunez melted down in the ninth inning, allowing four runs in 2/3 of an inning in his third consecutive shaky outing, leaving him with nine earned runs in his last 2 2/3 innings. No word as of Wednesday morning whether or not he would be removed as closer, but comments from Jack McKeon prior to the trade deadline indicated that Edward Mujica would get the first shot ahead of Mike Dunn if a change is made.

  • Alex Rodriguez (thumb) was scratched from Tuesday's lineup, and on a non-injury note, is meeting with MLB investigators on Friday about his involvement in high-stakes poker games (though he isn't expected to face any discipline on that front).

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    Pitcher injury notes: Stephen Strasburg (elbow) will make his fifth minor league rehab start Saturday at Triple-A, marking his first rehab outing above Single-A … Brian Wilson (elbow) has yet to begin throwing, which raises questions as to whether he can return when eligible on Aug. 31 … Huston Street (biceps) is aiming to return by the end of the week … Adam Wainwright (elbow) made 50 throws from 120 feet on Monday and is hoping to throw off a mound in early September, but reportedly won't be doing so at full strength … Jonathan Sanchez (ankle) was placed on the DL, but could be back as soon as Sept. 1 … Johan Santana (shoulder) was slated to resume throwing off a mound Tuesday as the Mets hold out hope that he can make a return some time in September … Jon Niese (ribcage) is headed for the DL after allowing eight runs in four innings against the Phillies … Jose Contreras (elbow) will have season-ending surgery … Kevin Correia (oblique) is reportedly done for the season … Twins pitching prospect Kyle Gibson will continue to rest and rehab as he hopes to avoid Tommy John surgery … Frank Francisco (shoulder) was available out of the bullpen Tuesday … Scott Baker (elbow) began a throwing program, but there's no timetable for his return.

    Position player injury notes: Carlos Beltran (hand) returned as a pinch-hitter and should start Wednesday … David Ortiz (heel) is expected to start Wednesday … Justin Upton was diagnosed with a left elbow contusion after leaving Tuesday's game early following a HBP … Colby Rasmus left early with a jammed right wrist … Travis Hafner (foot) could need season-ending surgery … B.J. Upton (shoulder) was able to return as a pinch-hitter, but struck out … Ryan Howard (bursitis in heel/Achilles) is considered day-to-day … Jose Reyes (hamstring) is on course to rejoin the Mets Monday … Starlin Castro (distracted) returned to the lineup … Matt Holliday (moth) also returned to action … Grady Sizemore (knee, hernia) could take BP Wednesday as he continues to target a return at some point in September … Jose Constanza (ankle) could return as soon as Wednesday, though the Braves may opt to give him another day or two after seeing Jason Heyward go 3-for-4 with his first career grand slam … Rickie Weeks (ankle) ran on a treadmill Monday as he aims to rejoin the Brewers in early September … The White Sox hope that Carlos Quentin (shoulder) can return this weekend.

    Position player injury notes (part 2): Adrian Beltre (hamstring) hopes to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Sunday … Jayson Werth (groin) left early and is expected to be reevaluated Wednesday, though he told reporters that his injury isn't serious … Jacoby Ellsbury (back), Justin Morneau (foot), Victor Martinez (back), Adam Lind (wrist), Rafael Furcal (thumb), Ryan Theriot (hamstring) and Angel Pagan (stomach) all returned to the lineup … Pablo Sandoval (shoulder) may be ready to resume hitting from the right side … Nate Schierholtz (foot) could still need a trip to the DL … Raul Ibanez (groin) got an injection and is likely out of the lineup until this weekend, which is good news for the streaking John Mayberry (.359 with six homers in August) … Michael Brantley (wrist) will be held out until at least Friday … Chris Heisey (oblique) took BP Tuesday … A.J. Pierzynski (wrist) is slated to take BP Friday as he hopes to return on Sept. 2 … Carlos Gomez (clavicle) is aiming to return Sept. 1 … Padres prospect outfielder Donavan Tate (wrist) is done for the season.

    Miscellaneous notes (in which Kevin Kouzmanoff gets the rare treat of having this section all to himself): The Rockies acquired Kevin Kouzmanoff from the A's for a player to be named later or cash, and will send the 30-year-old to Triple-A initially.

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    Notable pitching: Alex White gave up five runs in six innings in his Rockies debut … Zach McAllister booked a return ticket to Triple-A after giving up 10 runs (eight earned) in 3 1/3 innings against the Mariners … Bruce Chen recorded a season-high nine K's in a win over Toronto … Vance Worley picked up a season-high nine strikeouts in seven strong innings against the Mets … Brandon McCarthy held the Yankees to three runs in 7 2/3 innings … Ian Kennedy picked up his 16th win with seven shutout innings against Washington … Craig Kimbrel recorded his 40th save to tie the MLB rookie record set by Neftali Feliz last year … Rex Brothers and Phil Coke both picked up saves with their teams' regular closing options simply getting a night off.

    Notable hitting: Brandon Allen hit a pair of solo homers at Yankee Stadium and warrants a look in mixed leagues (.394 average in 33 at-bats for Oakland) … Also deserving mixed league consideration: Lucas Duda, who hit his fifth homer of August on Tuesday … Adrian Gonzalez broke his 22-game homerless drought with Nos. 19 and 20 against the Rangers … After missing Monday's game to be with his wife and newborn daughter, Shin-Soo Choo hit a walkoff three-run homer in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader, then homered again in the second game … Aramis Ramirez went 5-for-5 to raise his average to .446 in August … Kyle Blanks hit his sixth homer of the month … Jordan Schafer went 2-foor-4 with his first Astros steal … Trayvon Robinson went 6-for-10 with three RBI in Tuesday's doubleheader … Eric Hosmer homered for the first time since July 27 … Sean Burroughs homered for the first time since 2005 in a 2-0 D'Backs win.


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