A few news and notes for everyone:
- I’ve talked about Brandon McCarthy here quite a bit as a potential pitching option for the rest of this season and more specifically for next season, after returning recently after missing the entire season. Unfortunately, his start tonight against the Tigers was cut short after just 7 pitches. Richard Durrett of The Dallas Morning News (click here for the post) is reporting that he has a “strained flexor tendon” , though it doesn’t appear that there is a tear. We’ll have to see, but I would imagine that his season is over at this point.
- In a separate post (click here), Durrett is reporting that it “appears David Murphy is out for the season”, as they don’t want to rush him back just for a few games. An MRI “revealed a small tear in the PCL and a bone bruise, but nothing more”, but there is no reason to think it will affect him for next season.
- David Lennon of New York Newsday gave updates on a few Mets, thanks to Jerry Manuel’s pregame comments:
- Damion Easley is still “pretty much unavailable” due to his strained right quadriceps. That certainly is a shame, as with the Mets seeing a slew of lefties, he would have been seeing significant time.
- John Maine “went as far as to say he might be ready to pitch out of the bullpen during next weeks’ homestand” and he even said that he would consider filling the closers role for ’09. Who knows at this point, except that he has no fantasy value the rest of the way this season.
- Bobby Parnell will throw tomorrow and could see game action soon. He throws extremely hard, so it will be interesting to see what type of role he fills if given the chance.
- In regards to Luis Ayala as the closer, “Manuel said he won’t hesitate to pull Ayala if he runs into trouble again like he did on Sunday, depending on the matchups”. Nor should he be, conisdering the way that game went.
- It is official that Brandon Knight will start on Wednesday.
- Paul Konerko says he can return tomorrow after he “took 30 swings in the batting cage today”, according to Mark Gonzales of The Chicago Tribune (click here for the post). That is great news for owners in yearly leagues, considering how hot he was prior to getting injured.