Tag:Rick Ankiel
Posted on: August 3, 2010 7:29 pm

Glaus to get breather

Troy Glaus Troy Glaus is getting a breather, and it's a much-deserved one. The slugging first baseman's .244/.356/.409 line with 14 home runs looks terrible, but over his last 28 days has been at a brutal .183/.330/.225.

If you throw out the month of July, Glaus' numbers look far more befitting a first baseman: .261/.366/.460. Those even include the beginnings of his cold stretch after a hot May that gave him NL player of the month honors.

"We'll get him going," manager Bobby Cox told David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . “It’s good for him to sit once in a while. The game becomes a lot easier sitting on the bench.”

Eric Hinske is starting in his place, which may be a more regular occurrence for the utilityman. Rick Ankiel is now in the fold, starting full time in center field. That pushes Melky Cabrera and Matt Diaz into a left-field platoon, freezing Hinske out.

The two-time World Series winner, Hinske, has a .271/.342/.486 mark in 210 at-bats, largely playing against right-handers where his .805 OPS outproduces Glaus' total .730 mark. Still, Cox wasn't biting on any idea of a possible platoon.

“I don’t know," Cox said. It doesn’t matter who Troy hits against, righty, lefty, it doesn’t matter. When he’s hot, he hits anybody.”

The smart money would be on Hinske stealing some at-bats against tough right-handers until Glaus gets healthy. Also, if and when the Braves realize Ankiel can't quite hit left-handers, that may free up some additional at-bats for Hinske, albeit not much.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 22, 2010 6:43 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:27 am

Angels get Royals' Callaspo

Alberto Callaspo The Angels have found a third baseman, getting Alberto Callaspo from the Royals for right-hander Sean O'Sullivan and minor league lefty Will Smith.

Callaspo, a switch-hitter, has played second and third this season, but also has logged games at shortstop and in the corner outfield spots in his big league career. He's hitting .275/.308/.410 with eight home runs and 43 RBI.

In return, the Royals get O'Sullivan, who got the win for the Angels on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium, going six innings, allowing two hits and two runs, walking three and striking out four. Overall, in five appearances this season, he's 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in 13 innings. His previous four appearances were in relief.

Smith was demoted to Double-A Arkansas, where he's 1-2 with a 7.23 ERA. He was 2-5 with a 5.60 ERA in nine starts at Triple-A Salt Lake.

The Royals, as they should be, are in full-out sell mode. Look for reliever Kyle Farnsworth and outfielder David DeJesus to be next out the door. before next weekend's trade deadline.

The team activated Rick Ankiel from the disabled list before Thursday's game with the Yankees and will make another move when O'Sullivan joins the team. Wilson Betemit is starting at third base in Callaspo's place in Thursday's game in New York.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 28, 2010 2:06 pm

Stone can't stop talking about the Cubs

Carlos Zambrano
For a White Sox announcer, Steve Stone sure seems to spend a lot of time talking about the Cubs.

His latest? Carlos Zambrano should replace Derrek Lee at first base.

Zambrano is a heck of a hitter for a pitcher, but he's still a pitcher. He's a career .237/.243/.391 hitter and is hitting .250/.238/.250 for the Cubs this season. He has 20 career home runs, none this season.

Lee's hardly been as productive as he has been in the past, but he's still hitting .236/.367/.499 this season with 10 home runs.

Stone was on "The Mully & Hanley Show" on WSCR-AM 670 in Chicago and floated his idea of turning Zambrano into the next Rick Ankiel, according the Chicago Tribune .

"It might be time for [Zambrano] to take some ground balls at first base," Stone said. "If you're going to get anything out of Zambrano and if you can't trade him…

"There are teams that would take Zambrano as the fiery guy, but there are not teams that are going to take the 3-6, 5.65 ERA or whatever … The fact is, Carlos' stuff is short. It's been short for a bit. The Big Z stuff where he won 18 games, those days are over for him."

More troublesome than his 5.66 ERA is the roughly $45 million left on his contract. Despite the absurdity of Stone's idea, it is close to one way the Cubs could get some value -- although nothing close to $45 million worth -- is using him as a pinch-hitter/long reliever, much like Micah Owings in Cincinnati. That's not much, but it is something if the team doesn't want to eat the entire contract.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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