Riding the Pine…

“The bad thing is, whoever hits better wins the Gold Glove. They should start calling it the Bad Glove because it always happens. They don’t go by who makes plays the most. It’s who’s more popular.”
–Ozzie Guillen, on why Joe Crede won’t win the Gold Glove Award (Chicago Tribune)

The Rumors
Nomar Garciaparra believes he will be back in Chicago after this season; he is building a house north of the city…Jason Schmidt’s name is still being thrown around, even though the Giants are saying he’s not available; the White Sox, who would build a package around prospects and Jose Contrera, and the Orioles are the leading suitors…The Orioles are inching closer to getting AJ Burnett with the help of the Pirates; the O’s will get Burnett and Darryl Ward, the Marlins will receive Larry Bigbie, Jorge Julio, Hayden Penn, and Mark Redman, and the Pirates will get Mike Lowell and cash (from the Marlins)…Boston has also made the Marlins aware they would take on Lowell’s contract to get Burnett; they would then move Burnett to Philadelphia for Billy Wagner…The other pitching names being thrown around are Kip Wells, Brett Tomko, Jason Jennings, Barry Zito, and Ted Lilly; Zito and Lilly are not on the market, according to their teams…There has been talk about Billy Wagner and the Cardinals; Wagner has said he talked to Tony Larussa and Jason Isringhausen at the All Star Game and would be willing to go to a set up role if he moves to St. Louis…The Padres have made Sean Burroughs available; the struggling third baseman may be moved to Triple A until a decision is made…Corey Patterson is not being shopped to teams, but if some put out an interesting offer, the Cubs would look at it…Chicago is looking at Juan Pierre from the Marlins for centerfield and to leadoff; the Cubs said they would pursue Johnny Damon in the off season…Austin Kearns may be auditioning for the Cubs next week; apparently his call up was to set up a potential deal…The Rockies aren’t done moving players yet; a deal is about to be finalize that would send Shawn Chacon to the Yankees for prospects, but the Rangers, Giants, Padres, and Devil Rays are making a last minute push…Colorado may be taking offers for the recently aquired Eric Byrnes also; the Yankees are interested…The Rangers are interested in Mike Sweeney, but don’t want to give up Kevin Mench to get him…The Rangers are also interested in Vicente Padilla of the Phillies to help the pitching staff; hitter the team is interested in include Aubrey Huff, Jim Thome, Ken Griffey Jr, and Mike Piazza…The Giants, desperate for pitching help, may be willing to take on a struggling veteran, like Jose Lima…Recently designated Shingo Takatsu is drawing interest from the Diamondbacks, Giants, and Red Sox…The Twins and the Red Sox are working on a deal that could send Bill Mueller and Kevin Millar to the Twins for starter Joe Mays and reliever JC Romero…The Angels may bring in a bullpen arm, since the starting pitcher market is pretty dry; Brett Tomko is a player they like…Washington is trying to get Danys Baez and Julio Lugo from the Devil Rays; they are also trying to convince assistant GM Barry Larkin out of retirement…The Dodgers are looking to see who is interested in starter Odalis Perez.

Manager Hot Seats: Jack McKeon is still rumored to be on the way out, especially if the Marlins fall out of contention; possible replacements include Joe Girardi (the favorite), Jim Leyland, and Lou Pinella…The usual suspects are back: Pinella, Torre, McClendon, etc.

The week that was:
I am skipping the weekly analysis until next week. One of the little projects I have been working on is finished; the fantasy players who have better first and second halves.

The NL First Half Team
C – Paul Loduca – Loduca is one of the most notorious first half players who disappears in the second half. While this is common for catchers, the most demanding position, Loduca is above the rest (or below in the second half). His average drops over 50 points (from .308 in the first half to .254). Trade him if you can now.
1B – Sean Casey – This is a bad sign for Casey, who has been horrible this year. He normally will hit around .310 the first half, then drop to .296 (which isn’t bad). His numbers are not horrible for the second half, but not as good as the first.
2B – Jeff Kent – Kent is much like Casey; his average drops, but not to the point where it will kill your team (.294 first half, .284 second half). His power does increase (.013 increase in the second half on slugging), but his ability to get on base drops (-.010). Don’t trade him unless you can get a boatload.
3B – Mike Lowell – Lowell has been horrible this season, and don’t expect much in the second half (even with a trade). This season (.224 avg) has brought his first half average down to .276, but that is still above his normal second half average (.268). He also sees a decrease in OPS (.840 first half; .761 second half). If you haven’t traded him yet, I don’t think you could get much for him now.
SS – Jack Wilson – Last year is looking more like a fluke than a breakout for Wilson. He had always been a decent first half player (.270 avg), but would disappear the second (.248). You wouldn’t be able to give him away, so throw him to the waiver wire.
OF – Andruw Jones – Jones is off to a monster season, on pace for a career high home run total (27 right now, on pace for 49). This would be time to clean out another team for him. He sees a drop in average (-.012), OBP (-.022), and slugging (-.023) between the 2 halves.
OF – Wily Mo Pena – Some of these assessments aren’t completely fair, and I tried to avoid them when possible. The NL outfield is where this comes into most effect. Pena has only had a few seasons where he has played a significant amount, so his sample size is small. He sees a decrease in average, while his on base percentage goes up and slugging stays in the same area. Don’t trade him, since he will a starter with the Reds for some time (he is only 23).
OF – Miguel Cabrera – Cabrera is another problem area for this. His numbers go down, but the kid has a ton of up side. His second halves should improve since he is still young and maturing (and younger than Pena).
Utility – Luis Castillo – Castillo sees decreases across the board (.304/..382/.373 pre-break, .281/..357/.336 post-break). It doesn’t help that he has stopped running and has had a hip problem for the last 2 seasons. I recommend moving him.
Utility – Juan Encarnacion – I am not an Encarnacion fan, so it killed me to pick him up in a roto league earlier this year. I dumped him right before the break so someone else could deal with his problems after the break. His second half struggles are also across the board (-.018/-.023/-.021). Dump him.
SP – Javier Vazquez – Truthfully, Vazquez could go in either category depending on the year. His second half is better than the first every other year. Last year was the bad year, but I put him in this category for potential decline in the second half (especially in a hitters park). Trade him, but be sure to get something and don’t get mad at me if he doesn’t fall off.
SP – Ben Sheets – Sheets is another player with a small sample size, and one who doesn’t put up horrible numbers in either half. I would recommend keeping him for his potential.
SP – AJ Burnett – Burnett has had problems in the second half in the past, but that could all change with a move. Burnett’s name is coming up in a lot of rumors. His ERA goes from 3.47 to 4.14, not horrible, but definitely better for the first half.
SP – Mark Mulder – Mulder’s second half problems were well documented last year, and most considered it to be the reason the A’s missed the playoffs. His ERA jumps from 3.80 in the first half to 4.16 in the second. It would appear his pitchers are staying up in the second half, since his other stats are in line from first half to second (including WHIP, BA against, and K/9). His injury problems also always occur in the second half (like his hip injury 2 seasons ago).
SP – Odalis Perez – Perez’s number in the second half are only part of the worries for fantasy owners this year. He jumps in ERA from 3.95 to 4.33 (which isn’t horrible) and BAA from .253 to .263. Add in this year, the Dodgers are a sinking ship, he may be good trade bait.
RP – Brad Lidge – Lidge’s second half decline has pretty much been in the non-closers role. As a closer, his numbers were actually better (including ERA and K/9, while WHIP and BAA have stayed the same). Overall, his ERA jumps from 2.64 to 3.04 per half. This is still good, considering the park he plays in, so don’t jump off his band wagon.
RP – Braden Looper – Looper is another player that had a semi-famous meltdown. He lost his closer role in 2003, when the Marlins won the World Series. He had a solid first half (ERA 2.28, WHIP 1.31, BAA .247), but lost it quick (6.14, 1.50, .291) and was replaced by Ugueth Urbina. Don’t be surprised if it were to happen again.
RP – Chad Cordero – Cordero, another victim of small sample size, has struggled in his second half in the past, but I really think this is behind him. While he may not have the numbers of this first half, I would not trade him this year.

Honorable Mention: Troy Glaus (Diamondbacks, 3B), Jeff Weaver (Dodgers, SP), Lyle Overbay (Brewers, 1B), Brett Myers (Phillies, SP), Mark Redman (Pirates, SP), Matt Lawton (Pirates, OF), Jon Lieber (Phillies, SP).

The AL First Half Team
C – Ivan Rodriguez – Pudge is a victim of the normal wear and tear on a catcher. While his numbers do sag in the second half, he is one of the elite catchers (still) and should be dealt. I would take his second half numbers (.290/.329/.451) over most other catchers.
1B – Shea Hillenbrand – Hillenbrand has always been a decent fantasy options, but his stock went up early this year. He earned the honors of the first half team (.298/.338/.465) even before this season. Look for his career second half drop off (.275/..312/.424) and trade him now.
2B – Mark Bellhorn – Not only does Bellhorn drop off in the second half, but he is in a spot where he could lose his position. His average, OBP, and Slugging traditionally drop. He also strikes out 35% of the time (in both half). There are plenty of better options right now. Drop him and get a better player.
3B – Melvin Mora – It was well documented that Mora found his swing in Baltimore, but his first half numbers (.301/.380/.486) have always covered his second half ones (.255/.343/.406). Mora is a decent player, but this could be the perfect time to trade him.
SS – Michael Young – Young was the fantasy feel good player of the year last year. People were so surprised by his first half that no matter what he did the rest of the season would still out do pre-season predictions. Young does have a significant fall off (-.033, -.036/-.044), but is still one of the better options at shortstop.
OF – Scott Podsednik – Podsednik is an interesting player for fantasy owners. He isn’t worth much in head to head leagues, but he is one of the biggest players in roto-leagues due to his stolen bases. Podsednik has a drop in the major stats between halfs (-.018/-.031/-.007), but he still runs. Trade him in H2H leagues, but keep him in roto leagues.
OF – Luis Matos – Matos got off to a fast start this year (until he got side tracked with an injury), but that seems to be common in his short career. He starts the season fine (.273/.330/.404), but drops quick (.234/.292/.354). He is definitely worth pawning off on someone else.
OF – Eric Byrnes – Byrnes messed this up for me, since I have been planning this for over a month (Why did they not trade him after I had this posted?).
Utility – David Ortiz – Big Papi has declining numbers in the second half, but this was mainly due to the days before Boston. Since he came to the Sox, his second half average drops less than before, and his OBP and Slugging actually increase. Don’t trade him if you don’t have to.
Utility – Mike Sweeney – Sweeney has the potential, but doesn’t have the body. Each season he starts on a tear (.320/.386/.537), but as the season drags on, his body gives out and his stats fall of (.285/.362/.455). Try to trade him (like the Royals are), but most teams may not bite.
SP – Mark Buehrle – The All-Star starter normally has a second half funk that most pitchers would kill for. His ERA increase by .15, his WHIP doesn’t change, and his BAA goes up .003. The main thing is his K/9 drops from 5.63 to 4.98. He is still a solid pitcher and not worth trading while…
SP – Jon Garland – …his teammate may be. Garland has surpassed everyone’s expectations, but seriously, can he keep it up. His career first half stats are decent (4.29, 1.31, .258), but his second half stats aren’t as good (4.70, 1.49, .273). He is one of the top trade him high candidates right now.
SP – Carl Pavano – As the 4 of you who normally read this knows, I don’t like Pavano. He got a big contract off of one season (which is one of my pet peeves). His second half decline isn’t shown in his ERA, which gets better, but in his WHIP, BAA and K/9. I have been saying all season you should trade him, and I stand by that idea now.
SP – Cliff Lee – Good thing the Indians hitting has started up, since their pitchers cool off. Lee was a surprise in the first half of last year, but was horrible in the second. That has pretty much been a trend over his short career. His stats all get worse (+2.30 ERA, +0.11 WHIP, +.018 BBA), but he still has time to mature. Attempt to trade him knowing he will improve each year.
SP – Jake Westbrook – Westbrook is in the same boat as his teammate, Lee. His stats are slightly different (+0.71, +0.10, +021), but the results are the same.
RP – Mariano Rivera – Yes, his numbers drop off in the second half, but he’s Mariano F’n Rivera; the best closer in baseball. Only trade him if you can make a haul off of another team.
RP – Eddie Guardado – Everyday Eddie should be his first half title. In the second half, Guardado slides in the basic stats (ERA, WHIP, BAA), but he is still a decent closer. Don’t panic and trade him, but if you can upgrade, go for it.
RP – Troy Percival – Percival, who is currently injured, rounds out the AL First Half team. He has higher stats, but they are still good for a closer. You may want to try to move him since he is injury prone, but there may not be many interested in him.

Honorable Mention: Bob Wickman (Indians, RP), CC Sabathia (Indians, SP), David Wells (Red Sox, SP).

The NL Second Half Team
C – Ramon Hernandez – Jason Kendall (see below) and Hernandez seem to be 2 catchers that have better stats in the second half. Hernandez, by far the top NL catcher this year, is worth looking into if you need help (or have Paul Loduca).
1B – Albert Pujols – It doesn’t seem fair to have one of the top players in baseball on this list, but his second half stats are quite impressive. His average increases by .016 (to .343), on base by .014, and slugging by .017. He doesn’t strike out much (but his year is the highest total he has had). Try to get him, but consider it a miracle if you do.
2B – Marcus Giles – Giles, in my opinion, is one of, if not the top second baseman in the NL. He only gets better as the season goes on. While his average doesn’t change, he shows more power (+.018 better slugging), and actually has more home runs in the second half than he does in the first (including this year). Try to get him, but he will also be hard to get.
3B – David Bell – Bell, who had a few decent fantasy years, has been horrible this year. He couldn’t hit, and would have lost his job if Placido Polanco wouldn’t have been traded. There is hope for his owners and Phillie fans. His stats increase in the second half, with average going up .020 and both on base and slugging increasing by .010. He may be worth grabbing of the waiver wire, if you need help at third.
SS – Adam Everett – Everett was completely over-shadowed last year by the second half darling and fellow Astro-savior Carlos Beltran. Everett increased his stats across the board (+.076/+.095/+.193) and was an important part of the Astros wild card run, until his injury. Overall, his stats are the same, but he showed more power last year. Keep an eye on him, and the surging Astros.
OF – Carlos Beltran – What Mets fans didn’t realize this year was Beltran, so far, hit along his career line (.272 career first have vs. .271 this first half). He becomes a monster in the second half (his average jumps to .298, and his OBP increases by .031 and Slugging by .072. He also starts to run more, in recent history. He would be a great second half addition, and could come cheaper than you expect.
OF – Shawn Green – Green is one of my favorites here this year. He has had increases in the second half, and should continue this year. It’s better since he moved from the Dodgers pitcher park to the hitter friendly Bank One Ballpark.
OF – Juan Pierre – As we have started to see with Pierre, his numbers are taking off. He has shown that he hits better (and with more power) in the second half. He is worth getting now, especially in roto leagues.
Utility – Todd Helton – Helton may be one of the top players to get right now. Not only does he do better in the second half, but he also has struggled this whole season. He should very easily bust out soon.
Utility – Carlos Delgado – Delgado has been pretty good this year, and should only get better. He traditionally only has slight increases with his average and on base percentage, but his slugging increases. He will be difficult to get.
SP – Mark Prior – If anyone can look past the injury bug, Prior is the top pitcher to have in the second half (other than maybe Johan Santana). Prior is more that half points better on ERA in the second half. The weird thing is his batting average against goes up. Try to get him, but you will have to give up a lot.
SP – Jason Schmidt – Schmidt has helped the Giants down the stretch in the past, and he will help them again this year (if he isn’t traded). They won’t make the playoffs, but the will compete. Schmidt has been decent this year, and may be fairly easy to get.
SP – John Smoltz – Smoltz has proven in the past that he can pitch well when healthy, especially in the second half. He can handle the pressure and is part of the reason the Braves have made it to 13 straight post seasons. He is even more valuable since he qualifies at starter or reliever.
SP – Derek Lowe – Lowe has had a disappointing season, but he did last year too. He also rebounded in the second half (he was on in the playoffs). I think he will improve on the first half again, especially since he is in a pitchers park (almost a pitchers division for that fact). You could probably get him for very little.
SP – Livan Hernandez – Hernandez has always been an innings eater and a strike out machine, but he has also been fairly inconsistent. He normally does better in the second half, but I don’t feel this season will be the same. First, he has had one of the best first half seasons in his career. Second, the knee problems are affecting him. He will be a hard person to get now, anyways.
RP – Trevor Hoffman – Hoffman normally does well in the second half, and he will continue this year. Between the pitchers park, the somewhat light offense, and the good bullpen, he should have plenty of save opportunities. He is definitely worth looking into.
RP – Billy Wagner – Wagner has been one of the most dominant closers in recent history. He would also be a good candidate to pick up, but there are a few question marks. Will he stay in Philadelphia? Will he continue to be a closer, if he is moved? Will he stay healthy? He is worth the risk, though.
RP – Ugueth Urbina – Urbina showed us in 2002 that he can be dominant in the second half. He overtook Braden Looper as the closer (which I have already documented above) and helped the Marlins win the World Series. His stock should rise higher, especially if/when Wagner is traded.

Honorable Mention: Jose Cruz Jr (Diamondbacks, OF), Greg Maddux (Cubs, SP), Kerry Wood (Cubs, SP), Andy Pettitte (Astros, SP), Brad Penny (Dodgers, SP), Geoff Jenkins (Brewers, OF), Cory Lidle (Phillies, SP), Joe Randa (Reds, 3B).

The AL Second Half Team
C – Jason Kendall – Kendall has always been a slow starter in the first half, but not like this year. He would still hit around .300, but he would jump the second half to around .315. He has no power (but shows a little more as the season goes on), but can get on base (a quality the A’s like). You may be able to steal him from a team easily.
1B – Richie Sexson – After starting slow this season, and missing almost all of last season, Sexson fans have something to look forward to. Traditionally his average increases by .030 and slugging increases by .070. He is another player who could be had fairly easily, but don’t expect his power number to have a significant increase in Seattle’s pitchers park.
2B – Alfonso Soriano – Soriano is the lone second baseman in the AL that had any kind of increase in stats. Actually his batting average goes down, but his power numbers go up (most likely due to his ballpark). He will be tough to get since he is the best second baseman in baseball.
3B – Eric Chavez – The opportunity to get Chavez may have passed. He has always been a slow starter, but this year has been the worst for him. He started the season horribly, but has started to rebound. Normally his average increases by .040 in the second half, and his OPS increase by a full point. You should still try to get him, but it may be too late.
SS – Derek Jeter – The face of New York Baseball actually has worth, despite what many think. He puts up good average in the first half (.307/.373/.457), but builds on everything else in the second (.322/.393/.466). He also knows how to play for October. Try to get him if you need an upgrade.
OF – Aubrey Huff – Huff could be a special case this year. He has always shown second half potential, but this year he could be playing on a contender. His BA increases by .040 and his OPS increases by .110. Try to get him.
OF – Aaron Rowand – I have told everyone in my leagues that Rowand was going to surprise them, especially in the second half. He has increases across the board (+.038/+.050/+.074) and is young. He has definite keeper potential since he is only 27 (he will turn 28 next month). He could be a steal for you in most leagues at this point.
OF – Torii Hunter – Hunter has something else that some of the other guys on this team don’t; he gets caught stealing less than he does in the first half. His other numbers also increase, so don’t think I added him for stolen bases alone (he doesn’t attempt it much to do that). Go ahead and try to get him, if you need outfield help.
Utility – Edgar Renteria – I have been preaching since I started this column that Edgar Renteria is overrated. I still stand by this, but he is a clutch player. Down the stretch, Edgar’s numbers do increase (+.012 in avg, +.019 in OBP, +.012 in SLG) and he is worth looking into.
Utility – Adrian Beltre – Beltre owners will be glad to see that he has been a second half player. He has been non-existent this year, so any improvement would be welcomed. He shows increases in average (+.026), on base (+.030), and slugging (+.067). It may be worth the chance to pick him up, and he may be easy to pick up.
SP – Randy Johnson – This may be a relief to those who took Johnson in their first round. Johnson doesn’t have the change in numbers that Santana has, but this is Randy Johnson. I don’t really need to say anymore.
SP – Johan Santana – This Rule V draftee came out of nowhere 2 years ago. Then last year, he struggled the first half, but dominated in the second (all the way to a Cy Young). I am banking on the same think. In his short career, his ERA deceases by 1.10, WHIP by 0.11, and BAA by .029. You can try to get him, but most teams will want a mint for him.
SP – Bartolo Colon – I got burned on Colon last year, and I swore I wasn’t going to again. After his first half struggles, I dealt him in what was basically a dump. Then he pulled his second half turn around and almost helped the second place team beat me. Not this year. I was able to get Colon in a recent deal to bank on his second half numbers (but with my luck, he will be the opposite this year since I traded for him). You may be able to deal for him, but he will cost you due to his good season.
SP – Barry Zito – Zito, like teammate Chavez, may be hard to get now, since he has started to pitch better. Even with his well-documented troubles, Zito still puts up respectable number. His ERA goes down by 1.10, and his WHIP and BAA decrease too. His numbers from the first half are still good, but he is worth starting throughout the second half.
SP – Kevin Millwood – At least the Indians signed someone to help in the second half. Millwoods stats have been pretty good (as far as Roto leagues go), but you can expect more in the second half. Increases across the board (-0.71 ERA, -0.10 WHIP, -.010 BAA, +.36 K/9) are normal, so make a move for him.
RP – BJ Ryan – Ryan seems to be the anti-Lidge. They have the same background (former set-up man who moved to the closer role). While Lidge struggled in the second half, Ryan excelled (4.48 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, .234 BAA in first half; 2.64, 1.14, .200 in the second). Ryan will become one of the elite closer and is worth trying to wrangle from another team.
RP – Dustin Hermanson – Hermanson may be tricky to project, since most of his career he has been a starter. Over the seasons, his ERA, WHIP and BAA have decreased as the season has gone on. As a closer, he has been great, so expect it to continue through the second half.
RP – Jeremy Affeldt – Affeldt could be a pretty good closer, if he could get the chance (from his body and the Royals). His basic stats get better later in the season (0.85 decrease in ERA, 0.29 in WHIP, .055 in BAA). He also increases his K/9 by 2.27. He could be a great pickup, but he won’t be able to get the saves this year (even with a trade).

Honorable Mention: Mike Mussina (SP, Yankees), Kenny Rogers (SP, Rangers), Paul Byrd (SP, Angels), Joel Pineiro (SP, Mariners), Joe Mays (SP, Twins), Jacque Jones (OF, Twins), Kelvim Escobar (SP, Angels).

Trade Analysis
Bret Boone for PTBNL – The Mariners wanted to dump Boone and move his salary. At this point, they would take anything to move him. The Twins need middle infield help, and Boone at his worst is better than Luis Rivas at his best. Overall, a good move for both teams.

Jay Payton for Chad Bradford – The Red Sox wanted to move Payton, who was disgruntled, while improving their bullpen. The Athletics has spare relievers and wanted extra outfield depth. This was Win-Win for both teams.

Eric Byrnes, Omar Quintanilla and cash for Joe Kennedy and Jay Witasick – Budget conscience Oakland wanted to move Byrnes before he became eligible for salary arbitration. They had just gotten Payton, who some would say is a better player, that could replace him. They were also looking for pitching help, but I wouldn’t consider Kennedy much of a help. The Rockies were looking for a replacement for Wilson, and received a decent (but old) prospect in Quintanilla. This was a better deal for Colorado.

Preston Wilson and cash for Zach Day, JJ House, and PTBNL – Washington needed to bring in an extra bat, especially with Nick Johnson still out. What they got was an overrated bat who experienced the Coors Effect for a good season. Day and House had fallen out of favor with Frank Robinson, so they were expendable. House won’t add anything in Colorado, but Day could be huge since he is a ground ball pitcher. I like what Colorado got better.

Al Leiter for PTBNL and cash – The Yankees were so in need of a starter that they would take on another old starter. I don’t think Leiter will be the answer (although he looked pretty good in his first outing), and adding another older pitcher may put more strain on the bullpen. He is better than the other options: Darrell May and Tim Redding.

Jody Gerut for Jason Dubois – I was surprised by this move. Gerut had a great rookie season, but hadn’t matched it in the 2 following season. Dubois has the tools, but was never given a shot. The Indians got the better deal.

Injury Watch:
Roy Halladay is out of his cast and will resume throwing next week…Kerry Wood left another start early; I would hold him out of the lineup next week…Livan Hernandez’s knee is sore, but he won’t have surgery on it until the off season…Josh Beckett will be back next week; he reported no problem with the oblique or blisters…Mike Hampton needs to watch out for those hot tubs; he has a sore back from getting out of one…John Thomson watch: 3 weeks and counting…Javy Lopez will be starting his minor league rehab this weekend…Troy Percival is done for the season…Chien-Ming Wang was told he didn’t need surgery on his rotator cuff, and that the injury was similar to the one Wood and Jason Schmidt had; that means he will have reoccurring problems or be back to normal…Rehab assignment for Nick Johnson will be decided upon soon…Erubiel Durazo is done for the season due to Tommy John surgery…Ramon Hernandez is playing through pain; if he doesn’t get better soon, his post season surgery will be moved up…Barry Bonds is running…Oliver Perez will resume throwing next week, barring any rematches with the laundry cart…Corey Koskie should be back with the Blue Jays next week; they will have some roster shuffling to do…Juan Gonzalez is officially done for the season; he made $500,000 for 1 at bat…Pedro Martinez may be having shoulder issues again.

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