Tag:C. Trent Rosecrans
Posted on: July 23, 2011 9:44 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2011 9:50 pm

Morgan admits celebration was 'too aggressive'

Nyjer MorganBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The frame-by-frame video showed Nyjer Morgan didn't give the middle finger to Giants fans on Friday, but the hand gesture was certainly interpreted as such by many -- and the intent obviously wasn't friendly.

Morgan made the gesture after running down Nate Schierholtz's fly ball for the second out of the seventh inning in Milwaukee's 4-2 victory on Friday -- see it here

After playfully answering questions following Friday's game, Morgan had a discussion with manager Ron Roenicke and expressed some contrition before Saturday's game in San Francisco.

From Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel:

"I didn't flip them off," said Morgan. "I know it's still a family show. I just brought it up too high. I was too aggressive.

"I had just made a nice play. I was excited.

"I'm still going to be me. I'm just going to be more careful. I've just got to understand what to do and what not to do. But I'm still going to play with the same intensity, the same energy."

Morgan was roundly booed before his first plate appearance on Saturday and promptly grounded into a double play, bringing plenty of cheers.

If it were any other player other than Morgan, it's doubtful his gesture from Friday night would have been as big of a deal. However, few players would have done that in the first place. Morgan has been a controversial player in Pittsburgh and Washington before coming to the Brewers -- but he's that type of player you love if he's on your team and you loathe if he's on the other team. He plays hard and isn't afraid to be demonstrative. That rubs a lot of people the wrong way, but I'll take effort and exuberance over a lack of effort any day.

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Posted on: July 23, 2011 6:53 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2011 8:28 pm

Red Sox owner says team will likely stand pat

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Red Sox owner John Henry told WEEI.com that he expects a quiet week for his team leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

From Rob Bradford of WEEI.com:

"We have a tendency to spend pretty much everything we can in the offseason. And we were successful in doing so. I don't know if it's overly different this year. If something comes up we'll make room," Henry said. "But the big deal isn't so much money as it is prospects. We can have Player X, but this is what it's going to cost [player-wise], and it usually costs something.

"I felt going into spring training this was as good a team as we've had, at least on paper, and we've been able to execute. After those first 12 games we've been the best team in Major League Baseball. Since we watch every game, every day, we're aware of every little weakness we have, and some of the weaknesses we had in the first half may not be weaknesses as much in the second half."

Henry said the team could "use" a right-handed bat, but noted that commodity is pretty hot right now and the market may be more than the team is willing to spend (in prospects, not cash).

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Posted on: July 23, 2011 5:23 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2011 5:58 pm

Chipper could be back Monday

Chipper JonesBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Braves third baseman Chipper Jones will make a rehab appearance tonight at Class A Rome (Ga.) in a  7 p.m. game and then against Sunday for a 2 p.m. start. Jones will DH tonight and either DH or play third on Sunday and could come off the disabled list as soon as Monday against the Pirates, according to Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Jones had arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee on July 9 and hasn't played since the day before. He's been hampered all season by pain in his knee and is coming off ACL surgery performed last season.

Jones, 39, is hitting .259/.340/.428 with eight home runs and 46 RBI in 77 games for Atlanta this season.

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Posted on: July 23, 2011 4:28 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2011 5:00 pm

Rangers place Beltre on DL

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Adrian BeltreThe Rangers have placed third baseman Adrian Beltre on the disabled list with what is being called a "Grade 1" strain of the left hamstring, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

Beltre left Friday's victory over Toronto in the fifth inning after he came up lame running from first to third on a Michael Young single.

Following the game he told reporters "I just hope it's not as bad as it felt."

He was scheduled to have an MRI today.

Beltre was the only member of the Rangers to play in each of their first 100 games, starting 99 games. He's hitting .276/.318/.505 with 20 home runs and 76 RBI for the Rangers this season.

Texas called up Chris Davis from Triple-A Round Rock.

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Posted on: July 23, 2011 2:49 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2011 4:38 pm

Rays manager likes what he sees in Royals' future

Joe MaddonBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Rays manager Joe Maddon knows a little something about projecting talent -- or at least seeing it in its nascent stages.

In Kansas City facing the Royals, Maddon told the Kansas City Star he sees what the Royals are doing with their young talent and likes the direction they're headed.

From the Star's Rustin Dodd:

“They got some interesting folks over there, no question,” Maddon said of the Royals’ young players. “I can see what they’re doing from a distance. Being a developmental guy, I like what they’re doing. I know it’s going to pay off. You gotta be patience. That’s the most difficult part about it is being patience.

“But once you are patient, eventually the rewards are going to come back to them. They’ve got a tradition in this city baseball-wise. I think they have one of the best baseball venues in all of baseball right here – I love this place.

“I loved what they originally had. I loved the little bit of the (renovation). It’s tremendous; it’s a great place to play baseball."

The Royals' young talent has been hyped all offseason, with many people calling it the best collection of minor-league talent they've ever seen, or at least in recent memory.

Kansas City has already graduated Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas to the big leagues this season, as well as Tim Collins, Aaron Crow and Danny Duffy

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Posted on: July 23, 2011 2:30 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2011 2:42 pm

Could B.J. Upton be on the move?

B.J. Upton

By C. Trent Rosecrans

If you weren't breathlessly following the baseball folk on Twitter around midnight Friday night, you missed the big B.J. Upton trade.

Or what turned out not to be a trade -- but Upton is still a Ray. For now, at least. ESPN.com's Buster Olney tweets the interest in Upton "is growing," but warns it may be "price-shopping comparison" to Hunter Pence and Carlos Beltran.

Upton was removed from Friday night's game in Kansas City in the eighth inning, about time word was coming out that the Rays had called up their top position prospect, Desmond Jennings.

After the game, reporters rushed to Upton, who told them he hadn't been traded. Instead, the team designated shortstop Reid Brignac and plan on using Jennings every day in the leadoff spot and in left field.

Upton would certainly be an interesting piece to a lot of teams -- the 26-year-old (who turns 27 next month) has one more year of arbitration before becoming a free agent following the 2012 season. The second-overall pick of the 2002 draft reached the big leagues at 19 in 2004 before really sticking in 2007, when he played 129 games. Since then, he's been a frustrating player, showing all the tools, but failing to put it all together at once and sometimes leaving teammates, his manager and fans alike questioning his effort.

This season he's hitting .232/.312/.400 with 15 home runs and 52 RBI to go along with 23 stolen bases. He's making $4.83 million this season and will likely get a bump in the arbitration process.

The Rays could just be putting Upton out on the trade block to see what the market will bear. With a player at a premium position such as center field, it's wise to see what he could bring in return -- much like the Diamondbacks did with his younger brother, Justin, this past offseason. It could also prove to be a long-term solution for a team like the Nationals, who are desperate for a center fielder. He could also produce some pop for any team looking for an offensive jolt.

One thing to consider may be that the Rays don't necessarily see themselves out of the playoff race. Tampa Bay currently sits 8 1/2 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East and 6 1/2 games behind the Yankees in the wild-card race. The reason for the optimism is their schedule. The team's next 19 games are against the Royals, A's, Mariners and Blue Jays. The Rays follow that stretch with three games in New York and another three in Boston.

That stretch would put the Rays through the non-waiver trade deadline before making a determination whether to buy or sell. It would be interesting to see if Upton would get through the wiaver process. If he is indeed the piece the Nationals covet, they would have a good chance of winning a waiver claim on Upton and then the two teams would have a chance to work out a trade.

As for the Rays, it makes sense to put him out there -- after all, listening doesn't cost a thing. 

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Posted on: July 23, 2011 1:47 am

3 Up, 3 Down: Boomstick produces 8 RBI

Nelson Cruz

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Nelson Cruz, Rangers: Cruz had a career-high eight RBI in Texas' 12-2 victory over the Blue Jays. Each of Cruz's four at-bats resulted in runs scoring. He had an RBI single in the second, a three-run homer in the fourth, a two-run single in the fifth and another in the sixth. Cruz had just one RBI in his previous 11 games

Dan Uggla, Braves: As pinch hitter in the ninth inning, Uggla hit a 3-2 fastball from Nick Masset into the seats to break a tie against Cincinnati, leading the Braves to a 6-4 victory. Uggla has struggled mightily this season, but is starting to come on this month. In July, he's now hitting .279/.362/.639 with six homers and 12 RBI. It was Uggla's first career pinch-hit home run and the seventh homer in the game.

David Wright, Mets: In his first plate appearance in more than two months, Wright hit a double to drive in Justin Turner and give the Mets an early lead over the Marlins, later scoring the team's third run. In his fifth and final at-bat of the day, Wright's eighth-inning double scored Turner again to give the Mets the lead for good. His run on Daniel Murphy's double ended up as the deciding run of the team's 7-6 victory at Florida.

Dusty Baker, Reds: In the second inning of the Reds' eventual 6-4 loss to the Braves, Dusty Baker called for a suicide squeeze. Problem was it was a 2-2 count and Miguel Cairo had to try to bunt a ball that was way low and outside and was only able to foul it off, resulting in the second out of the inning. After an intentional walk to Ryan Hanigan, Bronson Arroyo struck out with the runner still at third. Baker said he thought the scoreboard was wrong and the count was 3-1.

Trevor Cahill, Athletics: Rough night for the A's right-hander at Yankee Stadium, where he gave up nine hits and 10 runs -- all earned -- in two-plus innings. With the outing, Cahill saw his ERA go from  3.16 to 3.77. Cahill pitched to five batters in the Yankees' nine-run third inning, exiting after a Eduardo Nunez singled to put two on with no outs and already three runs in. Michael Wuertz came in and allowed both runners to score before giving up a grand slam that belonged all to him.  Cahill started the season 6-0 with a 1.72 ERA in his first eight starts. Since then, he's 2-9 with a 5.35 ERA. The A's have now lost 11 straight to the Yankees.

Phil Hughes, Yankees: Easily lost in the slew of Yankees runs, right-hander Phil Hughes wasn't very good either. In his third start since coming off the disabled list, Hughes struggled, getting pulled after just 4 1/3 innings, allowing nine hits and seven runs, walking four. Hughes had allowed four runs and 10 hits through 11 innings in his first two starts since coming off the DL.

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Posted on: July 22, 2011 11:13 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 11:25 pm

Pudge won't be back soon

Ivan RodriguezBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Ivan Rodriguez would seem like the perfect trade candidate for a team in need of a catcher -- except for the fact that he's on the disabled list and apparently isn't going to be ready to come back anytime soon.

Rodriguez was eligible to come off the disabled list Friday, but he suffered a setback to his strained right oblique, manager Davey Johnson told reporters, including Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post.

"Pudge is not doing too good," Johnson said.

Rodriguez is expected to spend a week in Miami with a physical therapist and could then miss several more weeks recovering.

"I'm not 100 percent right now," Rodriguez told The Post. "It's still right there. If you're still hurt, it's not 100 percent. That's what it is. That area, I asked guys that have had that before. It takes some time. It's one of those pain-in-the-butt injuries."

Rodriguez will likely spend time with the Nationals' rookie level team in the Gulf Coast League.

The Giants reportedly had some interest in the veteran catcher, but it doesn't seem Rodriguez will be headed anywhere before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Rodriguez could still be traded in August if he clears waivers.

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