Tag:Fernando Salas
Posted on: June 17, 2011 12:52 am

3 Up, 3 Down: Weeks edition

3 Up, 3 Down: One Weeks up, one down

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Jemile Weeks, Athletics -- In his ninth big-league game, the younger brother of the Brewers' second baseman is already making a name for himself. Weeks went 2 for 4 with three RBI in Thursday's 8-4 victory over the Royals, doubling in two runs to start the scoring in the second and also coming around to score in the four-run frame. He added an RBI single in the fifth. He's now hitting .344/.364/.594 since being called up to replace the injured Mark Ellis.

Nick Blackburn, Twins -- The Twins right-hander out-dueled Mark Buehrle by going eight shutout innings, allowing seven hits and one walk, while striking out one. Buehrle allowed just three hits and two walks in seven innings, but did give up the game's only run. Blackburn is 5-0 since the start of May.

Kosuke Fukudome, Cubs -- The Cubs right fielder came into Thursday's game having driven in just six runs all season, so you know where this is going -- he had four on Thursday, including a three-run homer in the seventh off of Daniel Ray Herrera to break the game open for the Cubs. Fukudome had three hits on the day and was a double shy of the cycle.

Rickie Weeks, Brewers -- Jamile's older brother was thrown out twice trying to stretch a single into a double. Fukudome gunned down Weeks both times on Thursday, in the fourth inning and the seventh inning. Weeks maybe should have learned his lesson on Wednesday night when he tried to stretch a double into a triple and was gunned down at third. 

Fernando Salas, Cardinals -- St. Louis' closer gave up his first homer of the season, a three-run shot to Nationals rookie Danny Espinosa in the 10th, allowing the Nationals to not only sweep the Cardinals, but also move out of last place in the National League Central.

D.J. Carrasco, Mets: Ugh -- a balk-off win for the Braves courtesy the Mets' reliever. Following Lucas Duda's two-out error, which allowed Diory Hernandez to get to third, Carrasco stopped his motion and then restarted it -- a balk that nobody in the park missed, scoring Hernandez and giving the Reds a 9-8 victory in 10 innings. It was the second walk-off balk in Mets history.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Posted on: May 14, 2011 5:13 pm

Cardinals closer merry-go-round: Salas takes over


By Evan Brunell

Another day, another closer for the Cardinals.

At least, that's what it feels like.

Pitching coach Dave Duncan announced, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, that rookie Eduardo Sanchez has been removed as closer, both due to inefficiency and a loss of velocity. Sanchez blew a save Friday night against the Reds by allowing two hits and a walk to push over a run, in the meantime tossing up a fastball that registered 91.1 mph. Compare that to his career average of 93.5 mph. Salas also saw his walks spike and his pitch efficiency decline, indicating that he may not yet have the chops for the job.

Salas (pictured) is the fourth de facto closer of the season, following Ryan Franklin, Mitchell Boggs and Sanchez. Salas will get the majority of saves although Boggs could figure into a few.

"If you look at what he did and how he pitched before we put him in the role he's in now, he was really an effective pitcher," Duncan said of Salas. "So it may best serve him and us to put him back into that type of situation for the time being."

Salas, who has three saves on the year, was serving as a bit of a long reliever, fusing his duties with late innings. He tossed two strong innings Friday night between the seventh and eighth after Miguel Batista and Trevor Miller were unable to get a batter out in a two-run seventh against Cincinnati.

"I just don't feel comfortable right now," Duncan said of the bullpen as a whole." You've got [Jason Motte] basically a one-inning pitcher. You've got Boggs basically a one-inning pitcher. You've got Salas who you really don't want to use more than one inning. And you've got Sanchez, who is a one-inning pitcher. That's a lot of limitations on you. And you can't use them every day," Duncan said. "That's why Batista, or the person who plays that role, has to be able to go in and do that job."

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Posted on: April 13, 2011 7:14 pm
Edited on: April 13, 2011 7:15 pm

Cards place two relievers on DL

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Brian TalletThe Cardinals bullpen got a makeover on Wednesday, as the team placed both Bryan Augenstein and Brian Tallet on the disabled list.

Both right-handers were injured in Tuesday's loss to the Diamondbacks. Augenstein suffered a strained right groin. Tallet suffered a fracture in his right hand when he and Arizona shortstop Stephen Drew collided on a play at first base (right).

The Cardinals recalled right-handers Fernando Salas and Eduardo Sanchez to replenish the bullpen.

Salas, 25, had a 3.52 ERA in 27 appearances last season for the Cardinals and made three scoreless appearances for Triple-A Memphis. Sanchez, 22, has not played in the big leagues before and hasn't allowed a run over three innings and two appearances for Memphis this season. Last season he had a 2.38 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 53 innings between Double-A and Triple-A.

Augenstein, 24, appeared in five games for the Cardinals, allowing six earned runs (seven total) and 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings. He'd also walked three and struck out six.

Tallet, 33, appeared in five games this season, allowing one earned run (two total) and four hits in 4 1/3 innings. He walked three with four strikeouts. 

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed. 

Posted on: April 13, 2011 5:20 pm
Edited on: April 13, 2011 7:16 pm

Hamilton apologizes for remarks about coach

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Josh HamiltonAs has become the routine too often in sports, Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton spoke on Tuesday and apologized on Wednesday.

You may remember Hamilton blamed Rangers third base coach Dave Anderson for his injury on Tuesday after trying to tag up on a foul ball to the third baseman.

On Tuesday, Hamilton said it was a stupid play and that he didn't want to go not he play, but "I listened to my coach and I went."

Wednesday, Hamilton had a closed-door meeting with Anderson.

"I appoligze to him for letting my emotions get out and getting ahead of myself and letting my emotions show through," Hamilton told reporters, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I could have taken a better route as far as cooling down before I spoke."

Hamilton added: "I see where I need to take responsibility for it. I appreciate Dave having confidence in my ability that I could make that play. I was just frustrated more for getting injured."

Earlier in the day, manager Ron Washington said he approved of the aggressive play, but didn't say much to reporters about what Hamilton said, standing by his coach.

"He's got a right to feel what he feels, but I'm certainly not going to blame David," Washington said (also from theStar-Telegram). "I think Josh has to live with what he said."

Anderson would not discuss the specifics, calling them moot. He did say he told Hamilton to be ready. He said he won't hesitate in the future because of the injury to last year's AL MVP.

"That's not going to happen," Anderson said. "Injuries are part of the game, but part of the game also is being aggressive. The issue is he got hurt. If he doesn't get hurt, we're not spending a lot of time talking about it."

Hamilton usually plays the game aggressively, as he showed the play before, sliding headfirst into third base on his triple. A player with Hamilton's speed has a good shot of beating Victor Martinez and Brad Penny -- could his concern about his own body and safety and ability to make had something to do with his inability to make it? Did he hesitate out of fear? I'm not saying he did, but I saw the play happening and thought it was a good, aggressive play that didn't work out in two important ways -- Hamilton was out on the play and now out for six to eight weeks. I'm not so sure at the time Anderson didn't make the right call. 

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed. 

Posted on: July 2, 2010 5:58 pm

Bad news for Cards: Ludwick to DL

Ryan Ludwick St. Louis outfielder Ryan Ludwick aggravated his calf strain while jogging on a treadmill, and the Cardinals are going to put him on the 15-day disabled list.

Ludwick, a former All-Star and a key part of the Cardinals' offense, first felt the tightness in his right cals June 22 and last played June 25. The DL assignment will be retroactive to Saturday and he'd be eligible to be activated the day before the All-Star break.

Manager Tony LaRussa said the Cardinals would probably call up an outfielder to replace Ludwick, whose spot in the lineup has been covered by Randy Winn and Nick Stavinoha, on the roster. The top candidates appear to be Joe Mather, Jon Jay and Allen Craig.

Ludwick is batting .273/.337/.485 this season with 11 homers and 42 RBIs.

Also Friday, the Cardinals called up infielder Tyler Greene and optioned reliever Fernando Salas to Triple-A Memphis, getting back to a 12-man pitching staff.

-- David Andriesen

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com