THT Daily: Injuries Galore

Major League News for September 3

Player News
Yesterday’s Results
Today’s Games
Standings
Top Minor League Performances

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Player News

Player Headlines are courtesy of Rotoworld
Nick Johnson (hamstring) is expected to rejoin the Marlins Thursday.
Johnson has been sidelined since August 17 with a strained right hamstring, but has looked healthy this week in a handful of rehab games at the Single-A level and should pick up right where he left off. The first baseman was 12-for-39 (.307) with his new club before the injury.

According to MLB.com’s Jason Beck, the Tigers will skip Jarrod Washburn‘s next turn through the starting rotation.
Armando Galarraga will start in his place Saturday against the Rays. Washburn, 35, is 1-2 with a 6.81 ERA since joining the Tigers at the trade deadline. He brought over a 2.64 from Seattle and has seen it rise quickly to 3.55. On top of the struggles, he has a sore left knee.

Huston Street was held out of Wednesday’s save opportunity with biceps tendinitis and likely will miss the rest of the week.
Street will take a couple of days off and play toss this weekend. If all goes well, he could resume getting into games after that. Franklin Morales picked up the save in his place tonight. Rafael Betancourt would likely be the choice in a ninth inning in which several righties were due up.

Mariano Rivera missed Wednesday’s game with a slight groin strain.
He is considered day-to-day. Rivera has compiled 38 saves, a 1.78 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 61/9 K/BB ratio this season.

C.C. Sabathia notched his AL-leading 16th win on Wednesday night, limiting the Orioles to one run over seven innings.
Sabathia has now won six straight decisions. He scattered seven hits against one walk and nine strikeouts, with the only run scoring on a first-inning sacrifice fly by Nick Markakis. No surprise here, Sabathia has logged at least seven innings in eight of his last 10 starts. The big man leads the majors with 199 1/3 innings pitched.

Brad Penny blanked the Phillies over eight innings in his Giants’ debut on Wednesday night.
Everything the Giants were hoping for and then some, Penny limited the first-place Phillies to just five hits while fanning two and walking one. He looked like a new man on the mound, topping out at 97 MPH on his fastball. It’s easy to say that this is what happens when a pitcher moves to the National League, but Penny was facing one of the National League’s toughest lineups in one of the most homer-happy ballparks. He’s definitely worth a flier in NL-only leagues.

Josh Hamilton left Wednesday’s game with lower back pain after the fourth inning.
He incurred the injury by diving in to second base head-first on a double in the fourth. He finished the inning — scoring on a single by Nelson Cruz — but did not come out for defense in the fifth. Hamilton will be re-evaluated on Thursday and is day-to-day.

Grady Sizemore and the Indians are discussing elbow surgery that could end his season.
“We haven’t decided anything yet,” Sizemore said. “Right now, we’re playing it day by day. We’re talking about it, but that’s all we’ve done is throw [the idea] out there.” If Sizemore wants to hold off, he will definitely have the surgery immediately following the end of the season. He has been playing with an inflamed left elbow since spring training.

Adam Jones is expected to miss 2-3 weeks and possibly longer due to his sprained left ankle.
“Jones is going to be out indefinitely,” manager Dave Trembley said. “I couldn’t tell you when or if he’ll come back.” Hot-hitting Felix Pie will continue to man center field in Jones‘ absence.


Yesterday’s Results

For the full scoop regarding yesterday’s games, read “And That Happened” at Shysterball.

American League
NYA    10  BAL     2    (Recap and Boxscore)
TB      8  BOS     5    (Recap and Boxscore)
DET     4  CLE     2    (Recap and Boxscore)
CHA     4  MIN     2    (Recap and Boxscore)
OAK    10  KC      4    (Recap and Boxscore)
SEA     3  LAA     0    (Recap and Boxscore)
TEX     6  TOR     4    (Recap and Boxscore)

National League
FLA     8  ATL     7    (Recap and Boxscore)
SF      4  PHI     0    (Recap and Boxscore)
CHN     2  HOU     0    (Recap and Boxscore)
CIN     5  PIT     3    (Recap and Boxscore)
STL    10  MIL     3    (Recap and Boxscore)
COL     5  NYN     2    (Recap and Boxscore)
ARI     4  LAN     1    (Recap and Boxscore)
SD      7  WAS     0    (Recap and Boxscore)

Check out Fangraphs’ scoreboard to see all the games in action.


Today’s Games

Indians (58-74) @ Tigers (71-61), 1:05pm
Fausto Carmona (25, RHP) vs. Nate Robertson (31, LHP)
Yankees (85-48) @ Blue Jays (59-73), 7:07pm
Chad Gaudin (26, RHP) vs. Ricky Romero (24, LHP)
RedSox (77-55) @ Rays (72-60), 7:08pm
Clay Buchholz (24, RHP) vs. David Price (23, LHP)
Mariners (70-64) @ Athletics (59-74), 10:05pm
Ian Snell (27, RHP) vs. Brett Tomko (36, RHP)
Brewers (64-68) @ Cardinals (79-55), 2:15pm
Manny Parra (26, LHP) vs. John Smoltz (42, RHP)
WhiteSox (65-69) @ Cubs (67-64), 2:20pm
Carlos Torres (26, RHP) vs. Ryan Dempster (32, RHP)
Mets (59-74) @ Rockies (74-59), 3:10pm
Patrick Misch (27, LHP) vs. Jason Marquis (30, RHP)
Giants (73-60) @ Phillies (76-54), 7:05pm
Tim Lincecum (25, RHP) vs. Pedro Martinez (37, RHP)
Braves (70-63) @ Marlins (69-64), 7:10pm
Tommy Hanson (22, RHP) vs. Ricky Nolasco (26, RHP)
D'backs (61-73) @ Dodgers (79-55), 10:10pm
Billy Buckner (25, RHP) vs. Jon Garland (29, RHP)


Standings

The graphics next to each team are called “sparklines.” They depict each team’s performance over the last month. Each “up” bar is a victory and a “down” bar is a loss. There are horizontal lines for home games and red bars represent games decided by two runs or less. “PWins” is short for Projected Wins, based on each team’s Run Differential, and is often a better measure of a team’s true strength. Other team graphs and stats can be found on our Team Page.


American League East        Pwins  Diff
NYA     85  48 .639    0.0   80     5    sparkline graph
BOS     77  55 .583    7.5   76     1    sparkline graph
TB      72  60 .545   12.5   74    -2    sparkline graph
TOR     59  73 .447   25.5   67    -8    sparkline graph
BAL     54  80 .403   31.5   58    -4    sparkline graph
American League Central     
DET     71  61 .538    0.0   68     3    sparkline graph
MIN     67  66 .504    4.5   67     0    sparkline graph
CHA     65  69 .485    7.0   66    -1    sparkline graph
CLE     58  74 .439   13.0   63    -5    sparkline graph
KC      51  82 .383   20.5   52    -1    sparkline graph
American League West        
LAA     78  54 .591    0.0   74     4    sparkline graph
TEX     75  58 .564    3.5   73     2    sparkline graph
SEA     70  64 .522    9.0   61     9    sparkline graph
OAK     59  74 .444   19.5   62    -3    sparkline graph


National League East        Pwins  Diff
PHI     76  54 .585    0.0   75     1    sparkline graph
ATL     70  63 .526    7.5   74    -4    sparkline graph
FLA     69  64 .519    8.5   65     4    sparkline graph
NYN     59  74 .444   18.5   59     0    sparkline graph
WAS     46  88 .343   32.0   55    -9    sparkline graph
National League Central     
STL     79  55 .590    0.0   76     3    sparkline graph
CHN     67  64 .511   10.5   68    -1    sparkline graph
MIL     64  68 .485   14.0   63     1    sparkline graph
HOU     63  70 .474   15.5   57     6    sparkline graph
CIN     60  73 .451   18.5   57     3    sparkline graph
PIT     53  79 .402   25.0   58    -5    sparkline graph
National League West        
LAN     79  55 .590    0.0   81    -2    sparkline graph
COL     74  59 .556    4.5   75    -1    sparkline graph
SF      73  60 .549    5.5   71     2    sparkline graph
ARI     61  73 .455   18.0   65    -4    sparkline graph
SD      59  76 .437   20.5   53     6    sparkline graph


Wildcard Standings
American League             
BOS     77  55 .583    0.0
TEX     75  58 .564    2.5
TB      72  60 .545    5.0
SEA     70  64 .522    8.0
MIN     67  66 .504   10.5
National League             
COL     74  59 .556    0.0
SF      73  60 .549    1.0
ATL     70  63 .526    4.0
FLA     69  64 .519    5.0
CHN     67  64 .511    6.0


Top Minor League Games

The following list, provided by First Inning, includes the top minor league batting (based on Runs Created) and pitching (based on Game Score) performances from yesterday.

ORG LVL PLAYER            AB  H 2B 3B HR BB SO  Notes
TB  AAA Desmond Jennings.. 3  2  0  1  1  2  0  2 SB
NYM AA  Kirk Nieuwenhuis.. 5  4  2  0  1  0  1  3 R
DET AA  Casper Wells...... 3  3  0  1  1  1  0  
KC  AAA Alex Gordon....... 4  3  1  0  1  1  1  5 RBI !
STL A+  Charles Cutler.... 1  1  1  0  0  3  0  
PIT A   Robbie Grossman... 4  3  2  0  0  0  0  
WAN A-  J.P. Ramirez...... 4  3  0  2  0  0  0  
BOS A-  Michael Almanzar.. 4  2  1  1  0  1  1  3 R
WAN A-  Destin Hood....... 3  2  2  0  0  1  0  
STL AAA Allen Craig....... 4  2  2  0  0  0  1  
LA  A   Kyle Russell...... 2  1  1  0  0  3  1  
HOU A   Jay Austin........ 4  2  2  0  0  0  1  

ORG LVL PLAYER            IP  H  R ER SO BB HR  Notes
ATL A   Julio Teheran..... 7  0  0  0  7  1  0  
SEA A+  Steven Hensley.... 6  3  0  0  7  1  0  
FLA AAA Andrew Miller..... 6  3  0  0  8  2  0  
TEX AA  Michael Kirkman... 7  2  0  0  6  2  0  
NYY A-  Adam Warren....... 5  5  2  2  6  0  0  
TB  A-  Jason McEachern... 6  5  1  1  5  1  0  
TEX A-  Robert Ross....... 5  3  0  0  3  0  0  
WAN AA  Bradley Meyers.... 6  5  3  2  6  1  1  
HOU A   Ross Seaton....... 6  4  2  2  5  3  0  
LA  AAA Joshua Lindblom... 2  0  0  0  4  0  0  
NYY A   Andrew Brackman... 3  1  0  0  2  0  0  
SF  A-  Jorge Bucardo..... 5  3  1  1  2  1  0  9 GB
First Inning’s Major and Minor League Daily Reports:

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