MLB Daily Update: 05/29/2008

Has anyone been bugged by the Steroid Stigma more than Bret Boone? The guys was lights out for a few years, then steroid testing started and he fell off completely. Any time his name is mentioned now, someone always says “He wasn’t the same player once he got off the juice.”

Well, Boone’s comeback attempt is officially over – he’s announced his retirement. He had spent the season with the National’s Triple A affiliate in Columbus. I think the move that did it was not giving him the opportunity for a call up when Ronnie Belliard went on the DL.

Scores
HOU 1 STL 6
WAS 6 SD 4
LAN 1 CHN 2
COL 1 PHI 6
PIT 1 CIN 9
FLA 6 NYN 7
ATL 0 MIL 1
SF 11 ARI 3
TOR 2 OAK 1
CHA 6 CLE 5
TEX 3 TB 5
NYA 4 BAL 2
MIN 9 KC 8
DET 6 LAA 2
BOS 0 SEA 1

Transactions
Atlanta Braves
Matt Diaz placed on the DL (15-day, strained ligament in left knee); Rafael Soriano removed from the DL.
Chicago White Sox
Juan Uribe sent to the minors for rehabilitation.
Cincinnati Reds
Andy Phillips purchased from the minors; Corey Patterson sent to the minors; Alex Gonzalez transferred to the 60-Day DL.
Cleveland Indians
Jake Westbrook removed from the DL; Jorge Julio designated for assignment.
Colorado Rockies
Humberto Cota suspension announced by the League (50 games for violating MLB drug program).
Houston Astros
Dave Borkowski designated for assignment; Jorge Sosa signed to a minor league contract; Wandy Rodriguez removed from the DL.
New York Yankees
Ian Kennedy placed on the DL (15-day, bursitis-strained right lat); Chris Britton called up from the minors.
San Diego Padres
Cha Seung Baek traded from the Seattle Mariners for RHP Jared Wells.
Seattle Mariners
Jared Wells traded from the San Diego Padres for RHP Cha Seung Baek.
St. Louis Cardinals
Joel Pineiro placed on the DL (15-day, right groin strain); Kelvin Jimenez called up from the minors.
Toronto Blue Jays
Gregg Zaun placed on the DL (15-day, right elbow strain and inflammation); Curtis Thigpen called up from the minors.
Washington Nationals
Bret Boone retired.

Daily Rumors from MLB Trade Rumors
– Peter Gammons’ list of available pitchers.
– The Mets are somewhat interested in Scott Hatteberg, if he’ll take a minor league deal.
– There is a possibility that Livan Hernandez could be made available, but the Twins will probably have to fall out of contention first.
– Sammy Sosa isn’t looking to sign with a team, but he’s not retired; he’s also planning on playing in the World Baseball Classic.
– The Padres have Randy Wolf available.
– Jason Bay’s trade value may be higher than Adam Dunn’s.
– College closer Andrew Cashner’s stock appears to be rising; the Rangers may consider him at #11 and the Marlins at #6.
– A look at the current free agents.
– The Indians have DFA Jorge Julio.
– Hank Blalock is available.
– The Jeff Weaver release date request is due June 15th.
– Bret Boone has called it a career, again.
– The Yankees are considering DFAing Morgan Ensberg and LaTroy Hawkins.
– White Sox SS Orlando Cabrera and Mgr Ozzie Guillen aren’t getting along.
– Adam Miller, top prospect for the Indians, is done for the season.
– Dave Borkowski has been DFA to make way for Wandy Rodriguez; the Astros have signed Jorge Sosa to a minor league deal.

Around the Web
Injury Report
Top Prospect Alert’s Top MiLB Performances.
BA Prospect Blog
All Star Voting

Today’s Matchups
ATL at MIL, 1:05
Campillo (1-0) vs McClung (2-1)
WAS at SD, 3:35
Lannan (4-5) vs Ledezma (0-2)
TOR at OAK, 3:35
Litsch (6-1) vs Eveland (4-3)
PIT at CIN, 7:10
Dumatrait (1-2) vs Harang (2-6)
LAN at NYN, 7:10
Penny (5-5) vs Vargas (1-2)
CHA at TB, 7:10
Danks (3-4) vs Jackson (3-3
COL at CHN, 8:05
Francis (1-5) vs Marquis (2-3)
MIN at KC, 8:10
Slowey (1-4) vs Hochevar (3-4)
HOU at STL, 8:15
Oswalt (4-4) vs Lohse (4-2)
SF at ARI, 9:40
Zito (1-8) vs Johnson (4-1)

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