Here are a few news and notes for everyone:
- Nate McLouth is returning to the Pirates line-up, according to Rob Biertempfel of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (click here for the post). He had been out of action due to a stomach bug.
- According to The Miami Herald (click here for the article), the Rangers acquired Mark Hamburger in return for Eddie Guardado. Hamburger, pitching in the Rookie League, was 1-2 with 13 saves and a 4.17 ERA in 36.2 innings. He was significantly better last season, when he went 2-1 with a 1.20 ERA in 15.0 innings. Still, it’s way too early to tell what kind of future he may have.
- Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News (click here for the post) is reporting that Frank Francisco is going to get the shot at closing games for the Rangers, “At least those are the desires that Ron Washington supposedly expressed to GM Jon Daniels”. We’ll see how this plays out, but if you are desparate for saves, it’s worth taking a flyer on him.
- Travis Hafner is getting two days off due to “soreness in his right shoulder”, according to Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer (click here for the article). There’s no word as to how much of a delay, if any, this has on his return.
- Hoynes also says that Victor Martinez could be close to returning, as he will be in the line-up on Tuesday and Wednesday, first catching then DH’ing. He says that of the 3 Indians rehabing (Martinez, Hafner and Josh Barfield), Martinez could be the first to return. He’s a must own in all formats once he returns, so if he happens to be available, do not hesitate to grab him.