Tag:Scott Proctor
Posted on: September 29, 2011 12:18 am
Edited on: September 29, 2011 2:17 am

Playoff race: Epic finish sends Rays to playoffs

Evan Longoria

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Evan Longoria's solo homer off of the Yankees' Scott Proctor capped what was perhaps the most exciting final day of the regular season in baseball history, and solidified two epic collapses by the Red Sox and the Braves.

Longoria's homer gave Tampa Bay an 8-7 victory just minutes after the Orioles' Robert Andino's liner scored the winning run in Baltimore to seal a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Red Sox. Longoria was in the on-deck circle in St. Petersburg, Fla., when the Red Sox score was announced. Just three minutes later, Longoria hit his second homer of the game.

It was just another comeback for the Rays, who were behind in the wild card race by as many as nine games and then were down 7-0 in the eighth inning of Wednesday's game against the Yankees. Tampa Bay scored six in the eighth inning, including three on Longoria's first homer of the night. Dan Johnson hit a two-out, pinch-hit homer in the ninth to tie the game.

While the Rays were within a strike of losing, the Red Sox were within a strike of winning.

Jonathan Papelbon, who had never surrendered an earned run at Camden Yards until Tuesday, struck out the first two batters he faced in the ninth inning trying to protect a 3-2 lead. But Chris Davis doubled and then Nolan Reimold hit a ground-rule double to tie the game and then Andino hit a sinking liner to left that Carl Crawford -- the former Ray -- couldn't catch, scoring Reimold.

Three minutes later, Longoria ended Boston's season, and completed the Red Sox collapse.

The Rays will now head to Texas to face the Rangers in the first round of ALDS on Friday, while the Yankees will host the Tigers.

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Posted on: May 12, 2011 9:12 pm

Braves to recall Scott Proctor on Sunday

By Evan Brunell

ProctorThe Braves intend to add reliever Scott Proctor to the roster on Sunday, the first date they are eligible to do so, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Proctor, who has seen his career derailed thanks to Joe Torre running his arm into the ground both for the Yankees and Dodgers, appears to have moved past the two arm surgeries he has been working his way from that have limited him to 44 1/3 innings over the past three years with a 6.09 ERA. He did have 5 2/3 innings with Atlanta at the end of last season with poor results and also pitched poorly in Triple-A with a 7.01 ERA in a recovery from ligament-transplant elbow surgery in May 2009 that knocked him out the entire year for the Marlins. He also had flexor-tendon surgery in October of 2008. However, the Braves felt the 34-year-old had plenty left in the tank. 

It appears that way, as Proctor has put up an impressive 1.12 ERA in 16 innings, walking just five and whiffing 23. He was unable to be promoted before May 15 as he was earlier released by the club at the end of spring training and then resigned to a minor-league deal. The release was to save money on Proctor's one-year, $750,000 contract as they only owed him 45 days of termination pay. Due to the release, the Braves are unable to add him to the 25-man roster until May 15.

When Proctor rejoined the club on the minor-league deal, it was with the understanding that if another team wanted to promote him before May 15, the Braves would trade him. Two such teams came calling, but Atlanta convinced Proctor to stay as long as he was promoted immediately on the 15th. With Peter Moylan out until at least late August and Scott Linebrink struggling, Proctor could be the shot in the arm the beleaguered bullpen needs.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: November 2, 2010 5:01 pm
Edited on: November 2, 2010 5:43 pm

Braves pick up options on Gonzalez, Infante

Alex Gonzalez The Braves have agreed to a one-year deal with right-hander Scott Proctor and exercised their options on shortstop Alex Gonzalez and infielder Omar Infante, the team announced.

Both options for Infante and Gonzalez (pictured) are worth $2.5 million.

Proctor was arbitration-eligible.

The Braves declined their options on Kyle Farnsworth (a $5.25 million option with a $250,000 buyout) and Rick Ankiel ($6 million with a $500,000 buyout).

The team also has an option on closer Billy Wagner, who has repeatedly said he's going to retire. When asked Tuesday morning by MLB.com's Mark Bowman if he'd changed his plans, Wagner "emphatically" said, "No."

UPDATE: The Braves are interested in keeping free agent Eric Hinske around, David O'Brien of the Altanta Journal-Constitution writes.

"There still can be a role on the club for him, even though he’s left-handed," GM Frank Wren told O'Brien. "There are still areas where we can use him. We think he was a valuable part of the team last year and we still have interest in him."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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