Tag:Jacoby Ellsbury
Posted on: March 12, 2011 9:19 pm
Edited on: March 12, 2011 9:21 pm

3 up, 3 down for 3/12: Castro, Ellsbury blossom

By Evan Brunell

CastroSaturday was a day full of star performances -- it was tough to whittle the list down to just three. Many of the stars were hitters, which comes as no surprise. Pitchers are only just now going deeper into games and transitioning from rounding everything into shape to competitively pitching while hitters are ahead of the curve.

3 UP

1. SS Starlin Castro, CHC: 3 AB, 2 R, 3 H, 4 RBI, 2 HR. Castro put on a power display Saturday, blasting two home runs and filling up the stat sheet. Castro is set to be the Cubs' starting shortstop in his first full season. While Castro impressed last season with a .300/.347/.408 line in 506 plate appearances, it was with just three home runs at age 20 and should add power over the next few years.

2. CF Jacoby Ellsbury, BOS: 3 AB, 3 R, 3 H, 3 RBI, 1 HR. Is Ellsbury a man on a mission to prove his detractors wrong after appearing in just 18 games last season and having his work ethic called into question? Now hitting .440 in spring training, Ellsbury could really turn heads if he returns to the lineup and builds upon his 2009 year (.301/.355/.415).

3. SP Zach Britton, BAL: 4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K. The Orioles have to be thrilled with Britton, who now has given up no runs in 10 innings this spring. He has zero chance of breaking camp with the team, partly due to the major-league rotation being full and partly because there's no reason to call him up until June at the earliest to delay free agency another year. But don't worry, O's fans: Britton's coming to Baltimore ... soon.


1. CF Roger Bernadina, WAS: 4 AB, 0 H, 3 K. Mike Morse is slated to be the Nationals' starting left fielder, narrowing the outfield competition to just center field where Nyjer Morgan is attempting to hold off Rick Ankiel and Bernadina. Unfortunately for Bernadina, just one terrible game could be enough to put him squarely behind in the competition. Given Morgan's incumbency and Ankiel's history, Bernadina already faced an uphill battle before flirting with the golden sombrero.

2. SP R.A. Dickey, NYM: 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 K. Dickey's got a lock on a rotation spot, but if he doesn't perform up to snuff could be replaced in the season. Such is the life of a journeyman knuckleballer. He'll have these days from time to time -- but he can't have too many of them.

3. SP Carlos Silva, CHC: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K. Poor Carlos Silva. This competition for the No. 5 spot in the rotation must really be getting to him. After the clunker against the Reds which featured five projected starters, Silva has a ghastly 16.20 ERA. He may have sealed his fate with this game.

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Posted on: March 7, 2011 9:24 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:31 pm

Pepper: Raise a glass

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Orioles are a trendy pick to be better in 2011, and they should be. But no matter how the Orioles do on the field, things will be better this season in Baltimore because Natty Boh is back.

Before the take-over of the beer industry by the big brewing companies, regional beers were king -- be it National Bohemian (known as Natty Boh in Baltimore) in the mid-Atlantic, Hudepohl in Cincinnati or Hamm's in Minnesota.

These were different than the great microbrews of today, they were the macrobrews of yesterday. It's what you remember your grandpa dinking, whether it was an Olympia in Washington or an Old Style in Chicago. These were American, working-class beers. And they belonged with baseball, at the ballpark and at home, listening along to the local nine on the radio.

Well, one of these greats, National Bohemian, is back where it belongs, at the ballpark at Camden Yards. And for that, America and baseball are better than they were before. (Baltimore Sun)

For more fun, check out this video of old Natty Boh commercials (with an added bonus of Maryland history):

GARDNER MAY PUSH JETER FROM LEADOFF: The Yankees front office wants Brett Gardner, not Derek Jeter, leading off, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News writes.

Jeter has batted first or second for most of his career, but it seems natural to put the speedy Gardner atop the lineup. Gardner had a .383 on-base percentage last season, along with 47 stolen bases. He also saw an MLB-best 4.6 pitchers per plate appearance, giving him a good case to bat first for the Yankees.

HOLD 'EM OR FOLD 'EM: Boston's Mike Cameron had his name thrown around a bit this weekend after Philadelphia lost Domonic Brown to a hand injury, but with J.D. Drew and Jacoby Ellsbury roaming the outfield, is it wise for the Red Sox to get rid of any outfielder?

Although Cameron is making $7.5 million this season, that would hamper many other teams, but not the Red Sox. Cameron is also a rarity in the Red Sox clubhouse, a right-handed hitter. (Boston Globe)

HART SIDELINED: Brewers right fielder Corey Hart missed the last week after straining a muscle in his side. He was expected to miss two weeks, but after a setback during a throwing exercise on Saturday, Hart said he doesn't expect to be back in the original timeframe.

However, manager Ron Roenicke said he expects Hart to be ready for opening day. (MLB.com)

MOM KNOWS BEST: Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli said he was feeling sorry for himself after suffering a broken bone in his left foot, until his mother set him straight.

"I woke up positive and [said] 'Let's do it,'" Cervelli told the New York Daily News. "That's it. Start the work, the therapy and get better. A lot of people in the world don't have legs or arms; I'm healthy. I just have something in my foot, but it's going to be OK."

MONTERO MAY BACKUP: Cervelli's injury may have opened the door for Yankees top prospect, Jesus Montero.

Many thought the Yankees would want him to play every day and not have him break camp just to back up Russell Martin. One who doesn't buy that theory, apparently, is Brian Cashman.

"There is a lot of knowledge that a catcher has to absorb that you just won't get at Triple-A," Cashman told FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal. "If it's the second week of April and he has only pinch-hit or started one game, I won't consider it a lost week. There are a lot of things going on behind the scenes that he has never experienced before.

"He can watch, see how [Martin] goes through it -- pre-game, advance scouting meetings, all those things. When he gets in there in the future, he'll be fully prepared, rather than just sink or swim."

The Yankees know Montero's bat can play right away, but many question his ability to stick behind the plate.

TRADE STUNG SAUNDERS: Former first-rounder Joe Saunders said he was upset last season when the Angels traded him to Arizona.

"I was pissed off. I'm not going to lie to you," Saunders told the Orange County Register.

Saunders said it was weird heading into the visitor's clubhouse at Tempe Diablo Stadium, the Angels' spring training home.

MULLET MANIA: Travis Schlichting has the greatest mullet in baseball history, and Yahoo!'s Jeff Passan has the story.

AUTHOR-PITCHER: Rays reliever Dirk Hayhurst -- better known as the author of The Bullpen Gospels than anything he's done on the field -- said he's walked a fine line between being truthful and writing a tell-all.

Hayhurst's often hilarious characters in the book (really, it's worth checking out, a fun, quick read), are real, but he doesn't name names. He's also working on a second book and has a contract for a third, but those will also be done in his particular style, where the only specific player you get dirt on is Hayhurst himself.

The Rays seem like a perfect fit, if only for the fact that when asked about Hayhurst, manager Joe Maddon used the word "ameliorated" in his response. (St. Petersburg Times)

OLIVO CONFIDENT: Mariners catcher Miguel Olivo had a scare on Saturday when he pulled up lame with a hamstring injury and had to be helped off the field. Olivo will have an MRI today, but he told reporters on Sunday that he's confident he'll be ready for opening day. (Seattle Times)

BOOF REMAINS A MYSTERY: Even Boof Bonser doesn't know how his name came about, even though he's legally changed it. (Star-Ledger)

FORTUITOUS CUT: Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is pretty happy he cut reliever Cristhian Martinez last year when both were with the Marlins. Martinez was optioned to Triple-A at the end of spring training last season and then designated him for assignment on April 3. The Braves signed him and now he's competing for the final bullpen spot.

Martinez struck out five in two innings against the Nationals on Sunday. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

MAYBIN MAY RETURN: San Diego's Cameron Maybin may return to action today after suffering concussion symptoms when he hit his head on a post during Wednesday's practice.

Maybin, the team's newly acquired center fielder, took batting practice on Sunday and said he felt good afterwards. (MLB.com)

D-LEE STILL OUT: Derrek Lee won't make his debut with the Orioles in the Grapefruit League until Wednesday at the earliest. (Baltimore Sun)

PEAVY TO MAKE SECOND START: White Sox starter Jake Peavy said he's sore from Saturday's start, but he's good enough to start on Wednesday. (Chicago Tribune)

FIRST BASE BATTLE: Here's something you don't hear very often -- Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said defensive will be a key component to the team's search for a regular first baseman.

Russell Branyan, Brandon Allen and Juan Miranda are the other leading candidates for that job. (Arizona Republic)

ZAUN TO RETIRE: Veteran catcher Gregg Zaun is set to retire after 16 seasons in the big leagues.

Zaun, 39, was in the Padres camp. He's a career .252/.344/.388 hitter, but better known for his defense, spending most of his time as a backup catcher.

His retirement gives Rob Johnson the inside track at the Padres' backup job. (Sportsnet.ca)

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Posted on: December 11, 2010 3:31 pm

Epstein: Still room for Cameron

Mike Cameron Not only is Mike Cameron not a forgotten man now that the Red Sox have Carl Crawford, he was high on general manager Theo Epstein's priority list after the signing. Epstein told reporters Saturday that he called Cameron five minutes after signing Crawford to tell him there's still a place for him.

That place is as a really expensive fourth outfielder and injury insurance policy. He'll make $7.25 million in 2011 at age 38.

"Cam was really excited and the ultimate class guy and ultimate teammate," Epstein said. "He said, 'Whatever, whatever you guys need me to do to fit in this team, I'll do.' "

Boston's starting outfield -- Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury and J.D. Drew -- is entirely left-handed, and Cameron is right-handed, which should get him some opportunities against lefties. He's also versatile enough to play all three outfield positions, which makes him valuable as a replacement in case of injuries to the starters.

Epstein said he's not interested in trading Cameron, but you have to think if somebody called offering to take that salary off his hands, he'd listen.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 18, 2010 9:42 am
Edited on: November 18, 2010 10:03 am

Thursday morning rumor roundup

The owners meetings and GM meetings overlap today in Orlando, so we might see some deals happen. Here's a sampling of the chatter as the day gets under way:

* Carl Crawford would be the Yankees' Plan B if they don't sign Cliff Lee, and CC Sabathia would again be their recruiter. (Newsday)

* The Rockies want a versatile right-handed bat, with Ty Wigginton and Jorge Cantu possibilities. (SI.com)

* Joel Sherman of the New York Post offers an endorsement, albeit tepid, for Bob Melvin as Mets manager. (New York Post)

* The Red Sox are making a push for Justin Upton, with the Diamondbacks likely to request Jacoby Ellsbury and Daniel Bard as the heart of the return package. (SI.com)

* AL Rookie of the Year Neftali Feliz has heard the rumors about being moved to the rotation if the Rangers lose Lee, but hasn't been told anything by the team. (Hoy -- link in Spanish)

* The Yankees want Derek Jeter to sign for three years at $63 million, but Jeter is looking for as many as five or six years. (ESPNNewYork.com)

* The Marlins have been busy, but they're not done, with Larry Beinfest saying he'd like to add a starting pitcher. (Palm Beach Post)

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 8, 2010 9:53 am

Fractured ribs are healing for Ellsbury

Jacoby Ellsbury Jacoby Ellsbury is making progress in his rehabilitation from fractured ribs that derailed his entire 2010 season.

Ellsbury recently had a CAT scan performed in Los Angeles by Dr. Lewis Yocum, as the Boston Globe reports. The scan showed that his posterior rib -- the one that Ellsbury contended went undetected in the original injury -- is healing and he should be fully healthy by spring training.

As Nick Cafardo writes in the article, Ellsbury will have an important season ahead of him no matter what. Either he is the major name included in a deal for the Padres' Adrian Gonzalez, or he will be looked at as a big contributor in a lineup that had a ton of injury problems in 2010 and could suffer the loss of Adrian Beltre and Victor Martinez.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 16, 2010 9:49 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:12 pm

Who could participate in an All-Star race?

Brett Gardner has a suggestion for the All-Star planning committee.

"I think they need to have a race at the All-Star Game, just line up 10 or 20 guys and see who wins," the Yankee told the New Jersey Star-Ledger prior to the Game 2 loss.

Gardner named teammate Greg Golson and Ranger outfielder Julio Borbon as part of the top candidates, but wouldn't say who No. 1 would be.

"There's only one way to find out," he said.

Well, the All-Star Game is over and there won't be another one for quite a while. But it's never too early to look ahead. Here's who could be part of the 2011 All-Star speed demon contest.

Brett Gardner : Gardner swiped 47 bags and came in second on Bill James' speed score with 8.1. The speed score averages stolen base percentage, frequency of attempts, percentage of triples and runs scored percentage.

Juan Pierre Carl Crawford : Crawford paced the bigs in speed score with 8.5, and tied Gardner with 47 steals.

Jacoby Ellsbury : Ellsbury stole 70 bases last season and could have repeated if not for being sidelined all season with injuries. He had a 8.1 speed score.

Austin Jackson : Jackson burst on the scene in 2010 with excellent defense and added 27 stolen bases.

Shane Victorino : The Flyin' Hawaiian has stolen 37, 36, 25 and 34 stolen baes the last four years, respectively. He's also near the top of leaderboards in all years in speed score.

Michael Bourn : Bourn paced baseball in speed score in 2009 with an 8.6 mark. He has led the NL the last two years in stolen bases.

Elvis Andrus : Andrus impressed with a speed score in 2009 of 8.0, tacking on 33 stolen bases. He finished with 32 in 2010, but did dip down to 5.8 in speed score.

Julio Borbon : We'll take Gardner's advice and place Borbon on the list. He stole 15 bases in 468 plate appearance with a speed score of 6.1. His speed score was 6.3 in 2009, and swiped 19 bags in 179 PA.

B.J. Upton : Upton has matched or topped 42 stolen bases each of the last three seasons and set a career-high in 2010 with a 7.5 speed score.

Juan Pierre (pictured): Pierre is 32, but can still bring it. He set a career high by leading baseball with 68 stolen bases in 2010, but his speed score did tumble to 6.9 after a 7.5 mark in 2009.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 30, 2010 6:51 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2010 6:56 pm

Ellsbury, Pedroia on way back from injuries

Dustin Pedroia
Two important parts of the Red Sox offense, Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury, are both waiting and waiting for their injuries to heal.

Pedroia was knocked out of a .288/.367/.493 line in 351 plate appearances when he went on the disabled list for the first time on June 25 with a fractured right foot, then went right back on August 19 after a two-game return that left him in agony.

What was wrong?

It turned out to be a simple answer -- his tendon was wrapped in such a way that it was "pulling the fracture apart," Pedroia told the Boston Globe . Surgery fixed the problem, with a screw inserted into the bone.

The 27-year-old is set to resume baseball duties after Thanksgiving, barring setbacks.

"A little later than I would like," he said. "But plenty of time to get ready for spring training."

Sometimes, plenty of time isn't a good thing.

"It'll drive me crazy," he said of missing the playoffs. "We should have been in the playoffs. Be being hurt, Kevin [Youkilis] being hurt, it was too much. We could have done a lot of damage, dude."

Meanwhile, Jacoby Ellsbury has yet to resume baseball duties as well, with no activities since re-injuring his ribs on August 13, crashing into Tommy Hanson. That's something ballplayers do all the time -- crash into each other -- but this crash had more effect on Ellsbury than most.

"The play in Texas, that’s nothing to me," Ellsbury started off telling the Boston Herald . "[But] the bone was broke and we knew it wasn’t fully healed, but we were under the impression that even if I took a little blow it would hold up."

It didn't, as Ellsbury had five fractures of the rib from a collision with Adrian Beltre (pictured) on April 11 -- and even now, Ellsbury can feel discomfort when taking deep breaths.

"I was playing with five broken ribs that I didn’t know about. It just wasn’t healed," Ellsbury said of why the crash with the Rangers' Tommy Hunter knocked him out for the season. "Once it’s healed, I can do that 100 times in a row, and it’s not going to do anything."

Ellsbury clashed with the Red Sox earlier in the season, contending team doctors had misdiagnosed an injury and underestimated the severity of the injury. This led to Ellsbury trying to return too soon, suffering setback after setback until his aborted return to the lineup.

"If we let it rest, take 6-8 weeks, then like Dr. Yocum said, I would’ve been back in 6-8 weeks without any issues," he added. Instead, Ellsbury finished the season with a .192/.241/.244 line in a scant 83 plate appearances, stealing seven bases after leading the league with 70 in 2009.

Ellsbury is now at six weeks of full rest and has a checkup with Dr. Lewis Yocum in November and expects to be able to begin his normal offseason workout program on time. The lefty certainly needs a strong return to dispel any questions about Ellsbury's commitment to the game, as unfair as the speculation may be.

Ellsbury was questioned through the media by Kevin Youkilis, who wondered why he was in Arizona rehabbing the injury and not with the team. Fans and writers alike also questioned Ellsbury's durability, causing his stock to plunge.

"When I think of Jacoby, I think of a guy who got hurt, went through some tough times along the way, tried his best to come back and wasn’t able to because of the severity of the injuries and the repeated nature of the injuries," Epstein said, making it clear he doesn't believe there will be any hard feelings.

GM Theo Epstein for his part said that he wished he had gotten a scan of Ellsbury's ribs earlier, telling WEEI on Thursday via ESPN .

"It wouldn’t have gotten him back any quicker, but it would have helped managing the perception of the injury," Epstein said. "Jacoby took some unwarranted heat from a lot of different sources because it wasn’t clear right from the get-go that it the ribs were fractured."

With Pedroia, Ellsbury and Youkilis all set to be completely healthy for spring training, there's at least one silver lining to the Red Sox's lost season to injuries -- that no injuries should impact the next season.

 -- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 2, 2010 3:06 pm
Edited on: September 2, 2010 5:48 pm

Report: Pedroia to have surgery

Dustin Pedroia will have surgery to insert a screw in his left foot sometime tomorrow, the Boston Globe' s Nick Cafardo reports .

Pedroia was examined last night by foot specialist Dr. George Theodore in Baltimore and it was apparently determined he'll have season-ending surgery.

Just yesterday, Red Sox manager Terry Francona told the Globe that Pedroia's foot was "much improved from last week" and he added that he was encouraged by the improvement.

Pedroia was limited to 75 games this season because of his foot surgery.

What was more apparent was the way he was fawned over by Red Sox fans for taking ground balls with a cast on and rushing back with his team, while Jacoby Ellsbury was vilified because he didn't return from his ribs injury "soon enough." The tough guy act plays better with fans, apparently, even if it isn't in the best interest of the team.

Either way, the end result was the same -- both are out for the rest of the season.

UPDATE: Pedroia talked to reporters on Thursday and didn't confirm that he'd have surgery -- but didn't deny it either. He said he'll have a CT scan tomorrow and then could have the surgery later.

"I think that putting the screw in is probably the best idea," Pedroia said (via the Providence Journal ). "It's a 90 percent chance that the bone heals. I don't want to get to January, and get to my workouts, and don't feel good and then miss some of next year. None of us want that to happen. So I think putting the screw in is probably the best idea."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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