THE NEWBERG REPORT — APRIL 13, 2007
Both local papers and MLB.com are reporting that righthander Jamey Wright didn’t make the trip to Seattle with the club and that he is expected to be placed on the disabled list to make roster room for this afternoon’s activation of Eric Gagne.
Not an unsurprising development, as Wright had complained of arm fatigue after his tune-up start in Frisco a week ago, and this allows Texas to avoid removing a reliever from the staff (and in Bruce Chen’s case, risk losing him to another organization).
If Wright does land on the DL, it means he won’t make the April 21 start that is next earmarked for the fifth starter. That assignment will likely fall to Chen or Kameron Loe. After both had been pitched an inning or less in each of their appearances out of the bullpen to start the season, Chen went two frames on Tuesday and Loe went three on Wednesday. Keep an eye on their usage in this weekend’s Mariners series.
According to Baseball America, Frisco outfielder Luke Grayson was placed on the temporary inactive list and Oklahoma righthander Chris Baker was placed on the restricted list. Neither has appeared this season.
Boston signed righthander Carlos Almanzar. Florida released catcher Nick Trzesniak, Milwaukee released outfielder Tydus Meadows, San Diego released outfielder Juan Senreiso and righthander Mark Roberts, and Philadelphia released outfielder Ryan Fleming. Righthanders Spike Lundberg (Dodgers), Matt Lorenzo (Pittsburgh), and Marc Lamacchia (Florida) and outfielder Jason Grabowski (Tampa Bay) landed on the minor league disabled list.
Don’t miss Scott Lucas’s minor league report this morning to get the latest on the outstanding starts to the season for Frisco righthander Eric Hurley and Bakersfield catcher Taylor Teagarden.