It is the year of Tommy John surgery. It is considered by many people to officially be an epidemic. With that alarming trend have come extensive efforts to identify the cause of so many elbow injuries to young pitchers.
The Miami Marlins have scooped up another past-his-prime veteran with hopes of a career revival. ESPN Deportes’ Enrique Rojas is reporting that the Fish are close to signing 2002 American League MVP Miguel Tejada to a minor league contract. Through sixteen seasons with seven different teams Tejada has amassed nearly 9000 place appearances to go with 307 home runs and a career .285/.336/.456 slash line. Though his power numbers have come way down with age, the 39 year-old still hit 15 homers as recently 2010.
Jose Fernandez's Tampa-based attorney said Friday that the pitcher's arm injury was precipitated by a line drive he took off his thigh on May 4.
For hours at a time -- from the first pitch to the final out -- he sits inside the clubhouse staring at a video monitor that is divided up into 15 screens showing the field from different angles. Few people outside of the team know his name. But after the Marlins defeated the Giants late Saturday, Pat Shine was given the game ball.
Garrett Jones got a nice surprise when he arrived at the ballpark Friday. He was unaware the Giants were hosting their second annual Metallica night. Jones’ favorite band, Metallica did the national anthem. James Hetfield read the Giants’ starting lineup and the bands songs played throughout the game.
Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez underwent successful Tommy John surgery in Los Angeles Friday. Details of the events leading up to the procedure raise questions as to whether it could have been averted. Ralph Fernandez (no relation), Jose's Tampa-based attorney released a statement Friday afternoon to bring folks up to speed on Fernandez's surgery. He also put forth a timeline suggesting Fernandez first felt discomfort in the aftermath of a May 4 home start against the Dodgers, not his last outing May 9 at San Diego.
The Miami Marlins don't let administrative coach Pat Shine, who mans the club's in-game replay center, speak with media. Plenty of others spoke for him Saturday. Shine noticed Brandon Hicks did not touch first on his way to second base after a double off the top of the right-field wall in the second inning. The Marlins appealed and first base umpire Kerwin Danley signaled safe, prompting manager Mike Redmond to challenge.
Left-hander Andrew Heaney put together the longest start of his professional career Saturday, an impressive 7 2/3-inning performance with eight strikeouts for Double-A Jacksonville. Heaney, the Marlins' No. 1 prospect, gave up two runs on eight hits as the Suns beat the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, 4-2, and the 22-year-old improved to 4-2 with a 2.35 ERA this season. Heaney walked one batter and threw 108 pitches, 77 of them for strikes.
Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia broke out of his 0-for-26 slump in a big way Friday night, belting four hits in a 7-5 Marlins victory. So once he got to first base in the second inning, what was he thinking?
It's not often that the man responsible for calling replay challenges down to the dugout gets the game ball. But that was the case Saturday night at AT&T Park. Miami staff assistant Pat Shine's decision to call manager Mike Redmond and challenge the ruling on an early would-be double by Giants second baseman Brandon Hicks loomed large in Miami's 5-0 defeat of San Francisco.
Around The League
After a World Series appearance in 2013 -- their fourth in the last decade -- a merely .500 start to 2014 is causing some alarm around the Cardinals. Not too much, though, because this is a veteran, businesslike team that doesn't get too high or too low.
Jose Abreu made every effort possible to play through the ongoing pain in his left ankle for at least the past 10 days to two weeks. But watching how much Abreu's movement was hampered on Saturday pushed the White Sox to put their breakout star on the 15-day disabled list prior to Sunday's series finale in Houston.
Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu is expected to be activated to start for the Dodgers on Wednesday night against the Mets, manager Don Mattingly said Sunday. Mattingly conceded that the club will then face a "difficult" roster move to make room for Ryu, who has been on the DL with left shoulder-blade inflammation.
The Nationals on Sunday placed left-hander Gio Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list because of left shoulder inflammation and recalled righty reliever Ryan Mattheus.
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After being signed on Wednesday, Marlins starter Randy Wolf is confident he can help one of baseball's youngest rotations. Plus links on Jose Fernandez, Andrew Heaney, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
The Miami Marlins made one very important selection in the 2011 MLB Draft, and it may have been the best draft pick in team history in starter Jose Fernandez.
The Jose Fernandez injury throws a monkey wrench into a lot of the plans that the Miami Marlins had for the young ace, but one thing that may work in their advantage is the savings they will receive in future arbitration or contract talks.
According to several reports, the Miami Marlins are nearing a minor league deal with infielder Miguel Tejada. Tejada was suspended for most of last season.