Weekend Update: 05/12/2008

The weekend update – plenty of rumors, transactions, and scores. Plus, image a rotation of Brandon Webb, Dan Haren, Micah Owings, Cliff Lee, and Max Schrezer; it almost happened.

Scores
Friday
TEX 4 OAK 0
CLE 6 TOR 1
DET 6 NYA 5
TB 2 LAA 0
BAL 7 KC 4
MIN 7 BOS 6
CHA 4 SEA 0
STL 3 MIL 4
COL 4 SD 2
CHN 3 ARI 1
HOU 7 LAN 1
PIT 3 ATL 2
FLA 7 WAS 3
PHI 7 SF 4

Saturday
TEX 6 OAK 4
NYA 5 DET 2
CLE 12 TOR 0
BOS 5 MIN 2
TB 2 LAA 0
BAL 6 KC 5
CHA 8 SEA 4
STL 5 MIL 3
SD 3 COL 2
CHN 7 ARI 2
HOU 5 LAN 0
NYN 12 CIN 6
SF 8 PHI 2
PIT 5 ATL 2
FLA 11 WAS 0
CIN 7 NYN 1

Sunday
TB 8 LAA 5
KC 4 BAL 0
MIN 9 BOS 8
SEA 6 CHA 3
OAK 12 TEX 6
NYN 8 CIN 3
FLA 5 WAS 4
CHN 6 ARI 4
MIL 5 STL 3
HOU 8 LAN 5
SD 6 COL 1
SF 4 PHI 3

Transactions
Arizona Diamondbacks
Doug Davis sent to the minors for rehabilitation.
Atlanta Braves
Chuck James called up from the minors; Buddy Carlyle placed on the DL (15-day, strained neck muscle).
Baltimore Orioles
Bob McCrory sent to the minors; Alex Cintron purchased from the minors.
Boston Red Sox
Alex Cora removed from the DL; Jed Lowrie sent to the minors.
Chicago Cubs
Sean Marshall sent to the minors; Scott Eyre removed from the DL.
Chicago White Sox
Ray King signed to a minor league contract; Ryan O’Malley signed to a minor league contract.
Cincinnati Reds
Kent Mercker placed on the DL (15-day, lower back pain); Bill Bray called up from the minors.
Cleveland Indians
Jason Tyner purchased from the minors; Tom Mastny sent to the minors.
Colorado Rockies
Greg Reynolds purchased from the minors; Mark Redman sent to the minors.
Los Angeles Angels
Adam Greenberg signed to a minor league contract; Kendry Morales called up from the minors; Chone Figgins placed on the DL (15-day, mild right hamstring strain).
Los Angeles Dodgers
Esteban Loaiza placed on the DL (15-day, right shoulder tightness); Yhency Brazoban called up from the minors; Jason Schmidt sent to the minors for rehabilitation.
Milwaukee Brewers
Derrick Turnbow outrighted to the minors.
Minnesota Twins
Pat Neshek placed on the DL (15-day, torn right elbow ligament); Glen Perkins called up from the minors; Alexi Casilla called up from the minors; Nick Punto placed on the DL (15-day, left hamstring strain).
New York Mets
Ramon Castro removed from the DL; Raul Casanova designated for assignment.
New York Yankees
Kei Igawa called up from the minors; Chris Britton sent to the minors; Kyle Farnsworth starting to serve suspension; Jonathan Albaladejo placed on the DL (15-day, right elbow); Kyle Farnsworth reinstated from league suspension; Chris Britton called up from the minors; Wilson Betemit placed on the DL (15-day, strained right hamstring); Alberto Gonzalez called up from the minors.
Oakland Athletics
Keith Foulke removed from the DL; Travis Buck removed from the DL; Buck sent to the minors; Kiko Calero sent to the minors for rehabilitation; Rich Harden removed from the DL; Chris Denorfia placed on the DL (15-day, lower back tightness).
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins removed from the DL; Brad Harman sent to the minors.
Pittsburgh Pirates
Nyjer Morgan sent to the minors.
San Diego Padres
Sean Henn acquired off waivers from the Yankees; Jody Gerut called up from the minors; Jim Edmonds released; Luke Carlin purchased from the minors; Colt Morton sent to the minors; Glendon Rusch outrighted to the minors; Bryan Corey traded from Boston for cash or a PTBNL; Joe Thatcher sent to the minors.
San Francisco Giants
Brian Bocock sent to the minors; Omar Vizquel removed from the DL.
Seattle Mariners
Richie Sexson suspension announced by league (five games); Sexson starting to serve suspension.
Tampa Bay Rays
Nathan Haynes designated for assignment; Cliff Floyd removed from the DL.
Texas Rangers
Marlon Byrd sent to the minors for rehabilitation; Kevin Millwood placed on the DL (15-day, strained groin); Kazuo Fukumori released.
Toronto Blue Jays
Kevin Mench traded from Texas for cash considerations; Mench purchased from the minors; Joe Inglett sent to the minors; Gustavo Chacin designated for assignment; Brad Wilkerson signed as a free agent (2008); Joe Inglett called up from the minors; Armando Benitez purchased from the minors; Jeremy Accardo placed on the DL (15-day, right forearm tightness); Vernon Wells placed on the DL (15-day, fractured left wrist).
Washington Nationals
Jesus Flores called up from the minors; Elijah Dukes removed from the DL; Johnny Estrada placed on the DL (15-day, ulnar neuritis in right elbow); Paul Lo Duca placed on the DL (15-day, fractured right hand); Mike O’Connor sent to the minors; Chris Schroder called up from the minors.

The Weekend Rumors from MLB Trade Rumors
– The Phillies are thinking extension with closer Brad Lidge, but haven’t approached Pat Burrell.
– Spare pitching could be dealt by the Royals this summer – they have Ron Mahay, Jimmy Gobble and Brett Tomko available right now.
– Daniel Cabrera will be available from the Orioles.
– The Reds could have a hang up moving Griffey – his $16.5MM option.
– Derrick Turnbow accepted his assignment to Nashville.
– The Blue Jays acquired Kevin Mench and Brad Wilkerson.
– The Diamondbacks almost got Cliff Lee from the Indians for Carlos Quentin in the offseason.
– The Pirates are looking to make a couple more low profile moves; they aren’t ready to send out Jason Bay or Xaiver Nady yet.
– Hanley Ramirez signed a 6 yr $70MM deal.
– The Rays DFA Nathan Haynes to make way for Cliff Floyd.
– The Padres claimed Sean Henn off waivers from the Yankees.
– Raul Casanova was DFA by the Mets.
– Yovani Gallardo will official have surgery on his ACL.
– Pat Neshek has a partial tear of his UCL – Tommy John surgery may not be needed, but he’s essentially dones for the season.
– Jason Isringhausen has asked the Cardinals to not use him in the closer role until he’s back to pitching like normal.
– The Marlins are interested in signing OF Jacque Jones.
– David Wells to the Yankee talks have been killed by Joe Girardi.
– Vernon Wells have been put on the DL for 6-8 weeks for a fractured wrist; Armando Benitez is expected to be called up (Jeremy Accardo was also DLed).
– 4 players on the Hot Seat: Jason Giambi, Travis Hafner, Richie Sexson, Mike Timlin.
– Greg Maddux could be on the market now that he has his 350th win with the Padres.
– Anthony Reyes is essentially done with the Cardinals; he being extended back into a starter to be traded.
– Brandon Webbs extension talk has slowed down.
– Rich Harden is back on the trade market after coming off the DL.
– The Nationals are leaning toward a youth movement; Austin Kearns and Wily Mo Pena could be moved.
– Talks between the Rockies and Red Sox continue; Bartolo Colon could make Julian Tavarez expendable.

Around the Web
Injury Report
BA Prospect Blog
All Star Voting
Keith Law’s Top 60 Draft Prospects
The Padres have started a blog written by Paul DePodesta.

Today’s Matchups
Atlanta Braves at Pittsburgh Pirates, 12:35 PM
(R) Jair Jurrjens (4-2) vs. (L) Zach Duke (1-2)
Atlanta Braves at Pittsburgh Pirates, 3:35 PM
(R) Tim Hudson (5-2) vs. (L) Phil Dumatrait (1-1)
Florida Marlins at Cincinnati Reds, 7:10 PM
(R) Burke Badenhop (1-2) vs. (R) Aaron Harang (1-5)
Washington Nationals at New York Mets, 7:10 PM
(L) Odalis Perez (0-3) vs. (R) Nelson Figueroa (2-2)
St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers, 8:05 PM
(R) Adam Wainwright (3-1) vs. (R) Dave Bush (0-4)
San Diego Padres at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 PM
(L) Randy Wolf (2-2) vs. (R) Jason Marquis (1-2)
Houston Astros at San Francisco Giants, 10:15 PM
(R) Roy Oswalt (3-3) vs. (L) Barry Zito (0-7)
Toronto Blue Jays at Cleveland Indians, 4:05 PM
(R) A.J. Burnett (3-3) vs. (R) Fausto Carmona (3-1)
Boston Red Sox at Minnesota Twins, 7:05 PM
(R) Clay Buchholz (2-2) vs. (R) Livan Hernandez (5-1)
Toronto Blue Jays at Cleveland Indians, 7:05 PM
(R) Shaun Marcum (4-2) vs. (L) Cliff Lee (6-0)
New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays, 7:10 PM
(R) Chien-Ming Wang (6-1) vs. (R) Matt Garza (1-1)
Seattle Mariners at Texas Rangers, 8:05 PM
(L) Erik Bedard (2-2) vs. (R) Vicente Padilla (5-2)
Chicago White Sox at LA Angels of Anaheim, 10:05 PM
(L) Mark Buehrle (1-4) vs. (R) Nick Adenhart (0-0)

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