Immediate ramifications of the Borbon injury.
The facts are that Julio Borbon strained his left hamstring tracking down a fly ball in the seventh inning and came out of the game, and that Endy Chavez was lifted from Round Rock’s game almost immediately after that, and that Borbon’s scheduled for an MRI today to determine the extent of the damage. Nothing has been announced but it’s a very solid bet that Borbon will be on the disabled list before game time this afternoon and that Chavez’s contract will be purchased – and that Chavez might even be in the lineup in center field (not just because he hits left-handed but also because he’s 2 for 5 with a walk against Dan Haren lifetime).
Last night’s late-game intrigue involved what I believe was the first time Ron Washington has lifted Michael Young for defensive purposes (when he inserted Chris Davis at first base for the ninth, which is the right baseball move). Today’s pregame intrigue? Who comes off the 40-man roster to make room for Chavez.
The primary candidates would seem to be Ryan Tucker (someone is going to be dropped from the pitching staff to make active roster room for Chavez and Tucker is probably the first choice, and since he’s out of options he would need to be run through waivers anyway before he could be assigned to a farm club), or moving Wilmer Font to the 60-day disabled list, or taking lefthander Zach Phillips and running him through waivers in an effort to outright him to Round Rock. I suppose Brett Tomko is a possibility as well, but I’d guess Tucker is on thinner ice than Tomko as far as the big league pen is concerned.
And no, don’t even ask: Leonys Martin is not coming up rather than Chavez, despite Martin being on the 40-man roster already.