Lots to get to but I’m short on time this morning.
Vicente Padilla got through a side session yesterday without neck or shoulder problems, but he’s still headed for the disabled list — with soreness in his left hamstring. Kameron Loe will come back from Oklahoma, which he can do before the requisite 10 days since it’s to replace a player going onto the disabled list.
Since his 9.1 scoreless innings in two big league appearances earlier this month, Loe has pitched once for the RedHawks, blanking Round Rock on two hits in three innings. He’s dealing right now.
Luis Mendoza was recalled yesterday, with Bill White briefly optioned to Bakersfield. The Blaze season ends Monday, after which White can come right back to an expanded big league roster.
Spokane outfielder Mike Bianucci, the Rangers’ eighth-round pick in June out of Auburn, was having a sensational rookie season (.316/.386/.535) before breaking his hand while diving for a catch on Thursday.
Pittsburgh recalled righthander Jesse Chavez, whom Texas traded to the Pirates at the 2006 trade deadline for righthander Kip Wells. He debuted with a perfect ninth in a 2-0 loss to the Cubs on Wednesday.
On the same day that the Rangers traded Chavez for Wells, they also traded Joselo Diaz to Kansas City for Matt Stairs. Toronto traded Stairs to Philadelphia yesterday, and the player that the Jays are getting in return is evidently lefthander Fabio Castro, the former Rangers Rule 5 pick who didn’t survive the 2006 season in Texas. Castro had gone 8-2, 4.40 for AA Reading and 0-2, 8.10 for AAA Lehigh Valley before Philadelphia recalled him on Thursday.
If you didn’t get last night’s report on Max’s and my experience at the Frisco-Corpus Christi game (lots of imbedded photos has apparently caused some servers to block it) and want to give it a read, you can check it out at http://newberg.mlblogs.com/archives/2008/08/first_pitch.html
Finally, having been pulled into this Facebook thing, I’ve set up a Blog Community for the Newberg Report. If you’re a Facebooker and want to join the community, go to http://apps.facebook.com/blognetworks/blogpage.php?blogid=33983 and sign up. Not sure what we’ll be able to do with this, but we’ll figure something out.
When I next get the chance to write a lengthy report, I’ll talk about my next starting pitcher trade target (we’ve already discussed Zack Greinke, Roy Halladay, and Scott Kazmir) and chime in on an even bigger issue.