Tag:Ramiro Pena
Posted on: August 16, 2011 3:58 pm

Jays closer goes on DL after appendectomy

Jon RauchBy C. Trent Rosecrans

It's beginning to look like 2011 is the year of appendicitis -- Blue Jays reliever Jon Rauch was taken to a Seattle hospital early Tuesday morning where he underwent an emergency appendectomy, Mark Zwolinski of the Star in Toronto reports.

Rauch gave up the eventual going-ahead run in a 6-5 loss to the Mariners on Monday with a solo homer to Casper Wells and was later taken to the hospital.

So far this season the Cardinals' Matt Holliday, White Sox's Adam Dunn and Yankees Ramiro Pena have all undergone emergency appendectomies. Even Rays general manager Andrew Friedman underwent an appendectomy last month.

The Blue Jays put Rauch on the disabled list and also designated left-hander Trever Miller (who also gave up a homer on Monday) for assignment and called up left-handed relievers Will Ledezma and Rommie Lewis.

If you're looking for a closer in fantasy baseball, Jesse Litsch may get the first chance at closing for Toronto, so pick him up before anyone else in your league does.

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Posted on: July 18, 2011 6:21 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2011 6:27 pm

Yankees reserve has appendectomy

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Ramiro PenaYankees infielder Ramiro Pena underwent an emergency appendectomy this morning, the New York Post reports.

Pena doesn't quite have the same name recognition as Matt Holliday or Adam Dunn, but he is a Yankee and the team is already down a third baseman in Alex Rodriguez, who is on the disabled list following knee surgery. The Post notes Joba Chamberlain, already out for the season following Tommy John surgery, had an appendectomy two weeks ago.

According to the newspaper, Pena woke up this morning and called Yankee trainers complaining about stomach pains. He was taken to a hospital in the Tampa Bay area. He is expected to miss four to six weeks and the team called up Brandon Laird from Triple-A.

Laird, who will make his major league debut when he gets into a game, is hitting .266/.296/.415 with 10 home runs and 49 RBI for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Pena has two hits in 25 at-bats this season, playing in 14 games. 

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Posted on: July 3, 2011 11:30 pm

3 Up, 3 Down: Bay plays hero

Jason Bay

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Jason Bay, Mets: At one point someone on TV said, "Jason Bay's the Mets' last hope," and I thought to myself, that's the most ominous statement I've heard in a long time. Well, Bay proved me wrong. He walked in the ninth against Mariano Rivera and went on to score the game-tying run on Rony Paulino pinch-hit single off of Rivera. The next inning he singled with two outs and bases loaded to give the Mets a 3-2 victory over the Yankees.

Blake Beavan, Mariners: In his big-league debut, Beavan allowed three hits and a run in seven innings. The right-hander was acquired by the Mariners in last year's Cliff Lee deal and was called up to replace Erik Bedard, who went on the 15-day DL earlier this week. A control specialist, Beavan threw 64 strikes and 26 balls. 

Melky Cabrera, Royals: Cabrera was one of two Royals to finish a triple shy of the cycle in Kansas City's 16-8 victory over the Rockies. Cabrera finished with two homers and five RBIs. Eric Hosmer drove in four with four hits, including two singles. Kansas City had 12 extra-base hits in the win.

Cliff Lee, Phillies: He's not going to appear here much, but he certainly deserves to be in this slot following Sunday's game. Not only was his scoreless innings streak stopped at 34 in the third inning, he gave up four runs on three homers in the eighth inning, allowing 10 hits and seven runs in 7 1/3 innings in a loss to the Blue Jays

Ramiro Pena, Yankees: Filling in not only for Derek Jeter, but also Eduardo Nunez, Pena committed two errors in the last two innings, including a crucial error in the 10th inning that extended the inning for Bay. Pena's ninth-inning error nearly ended the game, but Brett Gardner and Russell Martin made great plays to nail Lucas Duda at the plate and send the game to the 10th. In the 10th, Pena bobbled a ball hit by Daniel Murphy with two on and two out, loading the bases for Bay. The good news is Jeter returns Monday.

Elvis Andrus, Rangers: With two outs in the eighth inning and Texas holding on to a 2-1 lead, Andrus booted a ball by Hanley Ramirez, allowing the tying run to score. Logan Morris followed with a two-run double and Mike Stanton added an RBI single. Florida went on to win, 6-4. Andrus' 16 errors is tied with Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro for second-most in baseball, with Baltimore third baseman Mark Reynolds leading the way with 19.

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Posted on: July 3, 2011 12:02 pm
Edited on: July 3, 2011 12:07 pm

Jeter's replacement sitting out Sunday

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Eduardo NunezDerek Jeter may be coming back just in time, as Yankees shortstop Eduardo Nunez is out of the team's lineup with a  tight right hamstring. Ramiro Pena will start in Nunez's place.

Nunez had two doubles in Saturday's victory over the Mets and since Jeter went on the disabled list, Nunez is hitting .339/.381/.525 with two home runs and five doubles in 59 plate appearances.

Jeter is expected to return to the Yankees' lineup on Monday. He played five innings in the field and went 1 for 2 with a  walk and a run scored in a rehab assignment at Double-A Trenton on Saturday. He reported no pain in his injured right calf and is expected to play again tonight for Trenton.

Jeter currently has 2,994 hits and manager Joe Girardi has said he will leadoff and play short when he returns. 

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Posted on: June 23, 2011 1:37 am
Edited on: June 23, 2011 1:38 am

3 Up, 3 Down: Heisey hammers homers


By Evan Brunell

UpChris Heisey, Reds -- Heisey went deep three times in Wednesday's night game against the Yankees, allowing the Reds to split the doubleheader with Johnny Cueto on the mound. As the Associated Press pointed out, only Pete Rose and Jay Bruce are other Reds players with three home runs out of the leadoff spot, and Heisey now joins them in a performance that should give him an even stronger grip on the left-field job. "When you get a hit in your first at-bat, it takes the pressure off the rest of your day," Heisey told the AP. "It relaxes you. Nobody likes to go 0-for-4 or 0-for-5. One home run's a good day, let alone three." Heisey stuffed the boxscore with a 3-for-5 day with three hits (those three homers, duh), five RBI and four runs, reaching base on a fielder's choice in the seventh.

Cliff Lee, Phillies
-- As mentioned On Deck, Cliff Lee doesn't usually face a pitcher with an ERA lower than him, but that was the case on Wednesday when Lee toted his 3.12 ERA to the mound against St. Louis' Kyle Lohse and his 2.88 ERA. Well, Lee corrected that with his second straight complete game, stifling the Cardinals en route to pushing his scoreless streak to 23 innings on a career-high 126 pitches, giving up six hits, one walk and whiffing three. Lee has had three other scoreless streaks reach double-digits with a 14-, 16- and 17-inning scoreless streak with the latter two coming in 2008 and the 14-inning one in 2005. Only one player -- Lohse himself -- reached third base against Lee, hitting a leadoff double before moving over to third.

R.A. Dickey, Mets -- Dickey wasn't around to earn the win as the Mets needed 13 innings to knock off the Athletics, but the knuckeballer did everything he could to keep New York in the game. The Mets pulled ahead by a run in the bottom eighth after Dickey had left, but closer Francisco Rodriguez promptly blew the game to send the game into extras. Dickey went eight strong, limiting Oakland to just three hits and one run, while allowing one walk and striking nine out. Overall a fine game for Dickey, who is proving last season was no joke as a breakout for the 36-year-old, and his ERA drops to 3.76.

DownRamiro Pena, Yankees -- Poor Ramiro Pena just couldn't figure things out in the first game of a doubleheader against the Reds.  Pena received the start at third base as Alex Rodriguez took a breather and made three errors -- all on plays involving Drew Stubbs, as fellow Eye on Baseball sage C. Trent Rosecrans so sagely points out. Pena had two errors in the fifth, hitting Stubbs in the face with a throw. Pena then followed that up with a bad throw on a Ryan Hanigan grounder, allowing Stubbs, who had gotten to third at that point, to score. He then let one go through the wickers in the seventh before starting a double-play. He also contributed an 0-for-3 night at the plate. So yeah, bad day.

Neftali Feliz, Rangers -- Neftali Feliz was absolutely horrid, allowing four runs in the ninth inning to blow the game 5-3 against the Astros. How did it unfold? Glad you asked. Carlos Lee greeted Feliz with a double before the righty was able to get his first out. But then a RBI double followed, then an infield single, a back-breaking passed ball by catcher Yorvit Torrealba  to tie the game, then a two-run blast by Matt Downs. Feliz got one more out before being relieved, and the Rangers went quietly in the bottom half. Feliz now boasts a 3.21 ERA on the season. Not bad, right? But it's much worse than you think, as he's walked 15 and whiffed 19 in 28 innings, without adding to either total Wednesday night. Compare that to last season, when Feliz walked 18 and punched out 71 batters in 69 1/2 innings. This is a guy who was asking for a severe wakeup call and finally got it.

Ryan Raburn, Tigers
-- Detroit's had a fetish for Raburn for quite some time and while he looked to be delivering on that promise lately, he's collapsed in 2011 as a 30-year-old in his first year as a full-time starter. He won't get the entire year, though, if he keeps performing poorly, as he dragged his overall line to .204/.244/.336 with an 0-for-4 performance with three strikeouts. Why he was batting second, I have no idea. Raburn shifted over to play second base after starting the year in left, and the Tigers gave up on Scott Sizemore after yanking him around and shipped him to Oakland, where Sizemore has a .343/.425/.486 line in 11 games. Think the Tigers may want a do-over?

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Posted on: June 14, 2011 5:56 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 6:39 pm

Derek Jeter hits disabled list

By Evan Brunell

JeterDerek Jeter is hitting the disabled list with a right calf strain, manager Joe Girardi announced Tuesday. The team delayed the announcement until 6 p.m. so Jeter could confer with a doctor as the team was hopeful he could avoid the DL.

After collecting his 2,994th hit on Monday, Jeter pulled up lame with a calf strain in the sixth inning and had to exit the game. The DL stint will be his first since 2003 when he missed six weeks with a shoulder injury after Ken Huckaby slammed into Jeter's shoulder while trying to tag him out. Before that, Jeter had minimum-stay stints on the 15-day DL in 1998, 2000 and 2001.

When Jeter returns, it will be to a .260/.324/.324 line in 293 plate appearances, easily the worst performance of his career. He signed a three-year, $51 million deal in the offseason, so both Jeter and the Yankees will hope the rest does him some good and he comes back strong.

Jeter will be eligible to return June 29 and has a good chance of meeting that timetable, as his injury is thought to only last a week or just over. That date is the second game of a three-game set with the Brewers at home. The Yankees then embark on a six-game road trip. Their first opponent on this road trip will be the Mets, but at least Jeter will get a chance at hit No. 3,000 in the same city, although Yankees fans may not appreciate it coming in the Mets stadium. Cleveland is the next stop, and with all due respect to the city and Indians, it's not a place that's nearly as acceptable as it would be for the Captain to get 3,000 at Wrigley Field (Cubs) or at Great American Ball Park (Reds), where the Yanks are headed Friday.

Taking Jeter's roster spot is infielder Ramiro Pena, who will serve off the bench as Eduardo Nunez fills in at shortstop. Nunez is considered by some in the organization to be Jeter's eventual permanent replacement.

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Posted on: June 14, 2011 3:32 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 4:54 pm

Ramiro Pena at stadium, Jeter to DL?

By Evan Brunell

PenaRamiro Pena is at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, leading some to believe that Jeter would be headed to the DL as a result. While that is still possible, CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler says that Pena is being added to the team regardless -- either Jeter will go on the DL or a pitcher will be demoted. The Yankees want to have as much flexibility as possible for interleague play, and if Jeter stays on the team, New York needs the healthy infielder while Jeter rests his calf.

The Yankees announced they will not decide whether to put Jeter on the DL until 6 p.m., as Jeter is expected to meet with a doctor. The team wants to ensure Jeter really does need to go on the DL instead of getting healthy in just a few days. Knobler adds Jeter is arguing against going on the DL.

Pena, 25, has collected 288 total plate appearances over the last two seasons for the Yankees, contributing a .253/.283/.305 line. Down in Triple-A, he was at .269/.341/.404 and would be the backup infielder upon activation. That would free Eduardo Nunez to be the starting shortstop in Jeter's absence.

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Posted on: October 20, 2010 10:34 am
Edited on: October 21, 2010 10:31 am

Yankees call on Dent, Boone

Bucky Dent
Boston-area electronics retailers, prepare for a bump in TV sales! There could be a lot of things thrown at sets in your market at about 4 p.m. today.

Down 3-1 in the ALCS, the Yankees need a miracle, so they'll turn to a couple of postseason miracle workers -- and men who will be forever cursed by Red Sox fans -- to kick off Game 5. Bucky Dent and Aaron Boone will throw out the ceremonial first pitches.

Dent only had 40 homers in 12 major-league seasons, but he has one that will live forever. In a 1978 one-game playoff for the American League East title, the light-hitting shortstop (he was batting ninth with a .243 average) connected for a three-run shot off Mike Torrez to erase Boston's 2-0 lead in a game the Yankees would go on to win 5-4. Here is the box score from that famous game.

Boone's legendary homer might have been bigger, with even higher stakes. And Boone was an even less likely hero. He was a midseason pickup who played half a season with the Yankees, batting .188 when he was inserted as a pinch-runner in a tied Game 7 of the ALCS. Leading off the bottom of the 11th inning, he blasted Tim Wakefield's first pitch over the wall to send the Yankees to the World Series and Sox fans to window ledges. Here's that box score.

So Francisco Cervelli, Ramiro Pena, take note: With one well-timed swing, you can be an instant legend.

-- David Andriesen

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