Tag:Geoff Blum
Posted on: August 19, 2010 11:25 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2010 11:33 pm
 

Keppinger to DL after all

Jeff Keppinger
Today's word of the day: "sesamoiditis."

It looked like the Astros had gotten lucky on an injury to their top hitter, but they didn't dodge the DL bullet after all.

Second baseman Jeff Keppinger was put on the disabled list after Thursday's game, three days after coming out of a game with an injury to his left big toe. An MRI came back clean, showing no fractures or structural damage, and it was hoped he would be able to return soon.

But Thursday he was diagnosed with sesamoiditis, which is an infected hamburger bun. OK, not really. According to foot.com (do you get to visit foot.com in your job? I think not) sesamoiditis is "a common ailment that affects the forefoot, typically in young people who engage in physical activity." Well, there you go.

Basically, he has an inflammation in some tiny bones within the tendons that run to the big toe. And it's going to take long enough to come back from that the Astros decided it was prudent to DL him. Infielder Anderson Hernandez was called up to take his roster spot, and Geoff Blum has been starting at second in Keppinger's place.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 23, 2010 5:27 pm
 

Astros rookie SS to DL


Tommy Manzella Astros rookie shortstop Tommy Manzella will miss six weeks  with a fractured left finger, the Houston Chronicle 's Bernardo Fallas reports .

Manzella suffered the broken finger in the ninth inning of Tuesday night's loss to the Giants in an attempt to make a catch.

The Astros called up infielder Oswaldo Navarro from Triple-A and placed Mazella on the 15-day disabled list.

Geoff Blum is starting Wednesday night at shortstop. Second baseman Jeff Keppinger can also play shortstop.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 21, 2010 6:52 pm
 

Yankees should look into getting backup infielder

Alex Rodriguez On Saturday, Derek Jeter sat out with a heel problem while Alex Rodriguez, recuperating from a sore hip, DH'ed.

That left Ramiro Pena (pictured talking to Rodriguez) at shortstop and Kevin Russo at third base.

Pena, 24, is hitting .190/.235/.206 on the season in 63 at-bats while Russo, 25, isn't much better with a .196/.260/.239 line. The Yankees, for their $206 million payroll, have gone cheap with backup bench infielders and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports feels the Yankees need to be on the hunt for better solutions.

While the squad isn't looking for help currently, Rosenthal looks ahead to September and thinks New York may need a body ready. With the AL East race as tight as it is, the Yankees may not be able to afford to rest him in September. As he's battling hip issues, he may be relegated to DH and Pena or Russo at third base for any length of time is not palatable. For Jeter's part, he's no spring chicken and is on pace for one of the poorest seasons in his career.

Rosenthal has trouble naming viable candidates, however. Omar Infante of the Braves and Macier Izturis of the Angels won't be available, while the Royals' Willie Bloomquist and Toronto's John McDonald don't represent a significant offensive upgrade. The same is true for Jayson Nix, recently designated for assignment by the White Sox. The Cubs' Ryan Theriot is a possibility if his slump continues, and Geoff Blum could be had -- except Blum has no recent extended time at short.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona, however, has said that Bloomquist is one of the best utility players in the game and Blum at the very least would be a solid option at third base.

In addition, the Milwaukee Brewers have Craig Counsell, who has the defense and the offense that could do well as a backup in New York. The Arizona Diamondbacks could dangle Augie Ojeda, although the 35-year-old is having a horrific season at the plate, albeit in just 30 at-bats.

The Yankees are expected to pursue a hitter as they near the trade deadline, but Rosenthal has it right: the team should be proactive and acquire a solid utility infielder to protect against any injury impacting the stretch drive. Sometimes, pennats are won and lost by the obsure players.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 17, 2010 11:13 pm
 

Umpires correct a bad call in Kansas City


The umpiring crew in Kansas City on Thursday night made an odd ruling in the fifth inning of the Royals-Astros game.

Under Rule 9.01 (c), umpires can pretty much do what they think is right in reversing a call. That rule was invoked when second-base umpire Mike Everitt admitted he missed a call and tried to right the wrong.

With one out and Mike Aviles on second, Yuniesky Betancourt hit a liner to shortstop Geoff Blum. Everitt signaled an out and Blum stepped on second to double up Aviles, who had advanced to third, ending the inning.

Royals manager Ned Yost went out to argue the call. After the umpires conferred, crew chief Tim McClelland ruled the ball wasn't caught, but Betancourt would likely have been thrown out at first. MLB.com's Dick Kaegel wrote Royals vice president Mike Swanson consulted with McClelland who said "to correct the missed call at second base" it was assumed Blum would have gotten Betancourt at first.

Aviles was awarded third and play was resumed with two outs. Scott Podsednik then did line out to Blum to end the inning.

Rule 9.01 (c) states: "Each umpire has authority to rule on any point not specifically covered in these rules.Each umpire has authority to rule on any point not specifically covered in these rules."

That rule was invoked earlier this season in a Reds-Dodgers game when a ball hit by pitcher Aaron Harang with bases loaded was ruled a catch, but umpires conferred, reversed the call and gave him a hit and an RBI. McClelland, coincidentally, was the crew chief in that game as well. After that game, both Reds manager Dusty Baker and Dodgers manager Joe Torre said they'd never seen a call like that made.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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