Today there are a couple of odd stories in the news. A pitcher from Chicago was fined less than an hours worth of work, while another player was sent to the DL with the flu. In between we also have some possibly uncertain times for a slugger for the White Sox, as well as more concern for the health of Red Sox infielder.
Conor Jackson has been placed on the DL with a “flu-like illness.” We are trying to get more info on just what ails him, and we certainly hope its not something overly serious (has anyone ever been placed on the DL with the flu?). Still, something has to be very wrong with Jackson who is hitting just .182 with 16 Ks and just 11 walks early on, completely backwards for a guy who has hit at least .284 each of the past three years and owns a career BB/K mark of 0.90 (vs. his current 0.69 mark). Not to start rumors at all, and I have NO information about his illness, but hopefully it isn’t the swine-flu.
Updating a report from yesterday, Bobby Jenks was indeed penalized by major league baseball for throwing behind Ian Kinsler and then foolishly discussing the notion with reporters. What was the penalty? Try a $750 dollar fine. What is it, 1979? Jenks is making $5.6 million dollars. For some quick math, consider the following point. Jenks makes roughly $15,000 a day over the course of a calendar year. That means that major league baseball fined him the equivalent of roughly 30 minutes of work, or to put that in perspective, how bad would you feel if you were fined by your boss $10 for showing up late to work? Does major leagues baseball, as an entity, ever do anything right? Bud Selig, I’m sorry, but I’m beginning to side with those people who think you are a moron.
Daniel Murphy can hit, dude is batting .286 this season and owns a career batting average of .301 in his 229 at-bat big league career. However, his defense hasn’t exactly brought back memories of Roberto Clemente, so the club is considering a position switch, possibly to first base since Carlos Delgado will be a free agent at the end of the season. If Delgado does indeed end up on the DL due to lingering issues with his hip, it’s quite possible that Murphy will be able to add first base eligibility to his ledger this season.
Hey, things are improving in the world. It took all of 10 minutes for ESPN to mention Brett Favre on Sportscenter.
Carlos Quentin is on the sidelines due to an injured heel. More than that, I’m really worried about this guy, a fact that I have stated all year long, and well before the start of the 2009 baseball season. He blasted seven home runs in his first 12 games this year and everyone seemingly forgot he was coming off of wrist surgery. Alas, Quentin not only has seen his average dip to .237, he has also hit one, yes one, long ball in the last 19 games during which time he has knocked in a mere five runs. That would be poor production for a defensively minded second baseman. Amazingly, every one of his 114 ABs have come out of the third hole this year despite a mere .338 OBP and a .821 OPS. I’m gonna stick by what I said before the year started, and that is Quentin will not better his numbers from last season (.288-36-100) even if he exceeds last years games played total of 130.
Kevin Youkilis missed his seventh straight game on Tuesday do to his back/side issue (that’s an oblique injury for those of you without your medical dictionary handy). The frustrating part is that the team keeps saying it’s nothing major and that he is day-to-day. Well its turns out it has already been a week, and for those of you in weekly transaction leagues you have to be supremely frustrated with lack of anything definitive here. As of this writing Youkilis hasn’t been placed on the DL, but you have to think there is at least a 50-50 chance it will happen at this point since he has already missed a week’s worth of action. Jeff Bailey continues to fill in.
By Ray Flowers