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Piazza left Monday's game in the fifth inning after being hit by a pitch in the right forearm. He is listed as day-to-day.
Greene was back in the starting lineup Monday after leaving Sunday's game at Houston after being hit by a pitch from Brandon Backe. Greene, who missed six games recently with a sprained middle finger on his left hand, had X-rays Sunday that were negative. He had an appointment to see team doctors that was canceled when Greene woke up and said his finger felt fine.
Greene left Sunday's game after being hit by a pitch in his left hand. The San Diego Padres' shortstop just returned to the lineup on Friday after missing six games because of a sprained middle finger.
Park returned from an abdominal on Friday and allowed three runs and eight hits with three strikeouts in five innings for the Padres in a 4-2 loss to the Houston Astros. It was his first start since July 25.
Greene returned to the Padres on Friday after missing four games with a sprained middle finger on his left hand. The shortstop went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in a 4-2 loss to the Houston Astros after being cleared to play by a specialist earlier in the day.
Greene will visit a specialist in Houston on Friday to examine his sprained middle finger on his left hand. "We are concerned now with Greeney," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "We definitely thought he would be ready to go in the series. He's not. He's not responding as well as he was the first day that he hurt it. He made so much progress, that is why there was optimism he'd be ready in New York. We're going to have him looked at in Houston by a hand specialist."
Hoffman set a major league record Saturday, reaching his 11th 30-save season in the San Diego Padres' 6-3 win over the Washington Nationals. The Padres' closer was tied with Lee Smith for most 30-save seasons at 10. Hoffman is 12 saves behind Smith's major league record for career saves (478).
Greene left the Padres' 5-2 win over the Houston Astros on Thursday after the sixth inning due to a sprained middle finger on his left hand. The shortstop suffered the injury while hitting in the fourth inning and underwent X-rays that were negative. He is listed as day-to-day and will undergo further tests. Geoff Blum is expected to fill-in for the injured Greene.
The Padres acquired Todd Walker from the Chicago Cubs on Monday to help out at third base, which has been a weak link offensively for the defending NL West champions.
Giles has missed two straight games with a tight right hamstring.
Piazza recorded his 2,000th hit in Friday's 8-2 loss to San Francisco. The Padres' catcher doubled to lead off the second inning and reach the milestone.
The Padres called up Sledge from Triple-A Portland on Friday. The 29-year-old Sledge started in right field and went 0-for-3 in Friday's 8-2 loss to the Giants.
The Padres called up Leone from Triple-A Portland on Friday. The 29-year-old third baseman has not appeared in the majors since 2004 when he hit .216 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 31 games for Seattle.
Thompson was called up from Triple-A Portland on Wednesday and made a spot start in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to Philadelphia. The right-hander allowed three runs and nine hits over six innings, but didn't receive a decision.
Embree was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Monday and pitched one shutout inning to earn an 8-6 victory over the Phillies. The Padres' left-handed reliever, who was placed on the DL on July 2 with a strained left groin, is 3-2 with a 4.31 ERA in 39 games this season.
Roberts came off the disabled list on Wednesday and went 0-for-4 for the Padres in their 6-3 victory over Philadelphia. He suffered a right knee contusion on June 17 after colliding with the wall in a game against the Los Angeles Angels. Outfielder Ben Johnson was placed on the DL to make room for Roberts.
Johnson was placed on the disabled list on Wednesday with a left shoulder strain. The Padres activated Dave Roberts from the DL to take Johnson's place on the roster. The outfielder was called up from Triple-A to take Roberts' spot on June 20.
Hoffman was selected to his fifth All-Star team Sunday as one of the four relief pitchers on the National League roster. He is 0-1 with 20 saves and a 1.16 ERA this season.
Greene hit a two-run single with one out in the ninth inning as the Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 6-5 on Friday to hold onto first place in the National League West.
Williamson was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday after being sidelined since June 4. The Cubs' right-handed reliever made five minor league rehab appearances.
Bard was suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount for his aggressive actions during a 9-4 loss to Seattle on Sunday. The Padres' catcher was ejected after taking a called third strike in the defeat. He continued to argue with plate umpire Paul Nauert and pointed his bat at the umpire's face before being restrained by third base coach Glenn Hoffman. Bard will serve his suspension Wednesday against Oakland, unless he appeals.
Williams began his rehabilitation assignment by not allowing a hit in three innings of a Class A game Wednesday and is on target to rejoin the Padres by July 1. The right-hander, who has been on the disabled list since May 13 because of a strained left calf, struck out five and walked one for Lake Elsinore against Rancho Cucamonga. "He said the calf felt good. There's a little stiffness in the elbow," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday.
Johnson was called up from Triple-A on Tuesday to replace Dave Roberts, who went on the DL, and had an instant impact, with two hits and an RBI double in the sixth inning of San Diego's 6-5 win over Texas.
Roberts was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday by San Diego, retroactive to Sunday, with a right knee contusion. The left fielder suffered the injury on Saturday attempting to make a sliding catch on a ball hit by the Angels' Dallas McPherson. Roberts missed the ball and collided with the bottom part of the outfield wall, made of concrete.
Williams is expected to throw a bullpen session on Friday as he tries to come back from a left calf strain that has him on the Padres' 15-day disabled list since May 13. The 39-year-old right-hander suffered the injury when he was running to third base on a ground-rule double by Dave Roberts in the Padres' 10-5 win over the Chicago Cubs on May 12. There is no timetable for the his return.
Peavy was charged with the loss when he allowed six runs and eight hits, including a homer, with 10 strikeouts and three walks in five innings for the Padres in a 7-3 loss to the Florida Marlins on Sunday. The right-hander was suffering from tendinitis in his shoulder in his previous start.
Williamson was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with tendonitis in his right elbow. The Chicago Cubs recalled right-hander Carlos Marmol from Double-A West Tennessee in the reliever's place. Marmol is 3-2 with a 2.33 ERA in 11 starts in the minors with 67 strikeouts in 58 innings.
Estes will miss the rest of this season and possibly the start of the 2007 season after deciding to have reconstructive left elbow surgery. The Padres' left-hander consulted with three doctors and is scheduled to have the operation on June 7. Estes, who signed a $1 million, one-year deal with the Padres in January, strained a ligament in his left elbow on April 5 and went on the disabled list two days later.
Peavy will make his next start for the Padres on Tuesday against the Brewers, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. The 25-year-old pitcher has been experiencing tendonitis in his shoulder. In his last start on May 28 against the Cardinals he pitched five innings, giving up six runs and nine hits while striking out six.
With Woody Williams going on the disabled list for a calf strain, the San Diego Padres are expected to call on Thompson. The 25-year-old right-hander will make his major league debut Wednesday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix. He was 5-0 with a 3.70 ERA in eight starts for Triple-A Portland.
Hensley worked his first major league complete game and shutout Sunday, blanking the Chicago Cubs on two hits in San Diego's 9-0 victory. The 26-year-old right-hander walked one and struck out two, and needed just 92 pitches to shut down the Cubs. Hensley improved to 2-2 with a save and a 3.70 ERA in six starts and six relief appearances.
Williams was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a left calf strain suffered in the Padres' 10-5 win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday. He suffered the injury running to third base on a ground-rule double by Dave Roberts.
Williams left his Friday start at Wrigley Field after straining his left calf while running the bases in the second inning. He came up limping as he approached third base on a ground-rule double by Dave Roberts. Clay Hensley, San Diego's starter on Sunday, pinch-ran for Williams, who was relieved by Brian Sweeney at the end of the half-inning.
The San Diego Padres placed Bowen on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a sprained left thumb, injured on a foul tip off the bat of Milwaukee's Prince Fielder on Thursday. The backup catcher is sidelined after a productive week in which he went 4-for-7 with a double and a game-winning homer in the 10th inning against the Chicago Cubs on May 6.
Bard moves to the National League as the Boston Red Sox traded the backup catcher to the San Diego Padres Monday. Bard, minor league reliever Cla Meredith and either cash or a player to be named go to the Padres for veteran Doug Mirabelli.
Young will have an MRI exam Monday as the San Diego Padres explore why the right-hander has been experiencing a lack of feeling in his right thumb. The ailment forced Young out of his Saturday start against the New York Mets. He took the loss in an 8-1 decision, but left after four innings. "I felt like I had my thumb stuck in a freezer. I couldn't tell if my thumb was even on the right spot on the ball."
Cameron was activated from the 15-day disabled list by San Diego on Sunday and the center fielder started against the New York Mets. Cameron had been sidelined with a strained left oblique and missed the Padres' first 17 games. He batted a career-high .273 with 12 homers and 39 RBIs in 76 games for the Mets last season.
Cameron, who has been on the disabled list since March 31 with a strained left oblique muscle, is taking live batting practice. The San Diego center fielder told the Padres' Web site that he didn't taking all-out hacks at the ball in Monday's hitting session, in which he drove one ball to the wall, but his rehab work is progressing enough that he could return to action soon.
Gonzalez went 4-for-5 with two RBIs in the Padres' 7-2 win over the Florida Marlins on Wednesday. Gonzalez was acquired from Texas in an offseason trade and is starting at first base in place of Ryan Klesko, who underwent shoulder surgery Monday and is expected to be sidelined two to four months.
Klesko faces a decision whether to have surgery on his strained left shoulder, which has forced him to start the season on the disabled list. The Padres' first baseman said he'll talk with the team's medical staff, his family and manager Bruce Bochy before deciding if he should have surgery, which could sideline him for two to four months.
The San Diego Padres placed Estes on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a strained left elbow, retroactive to Wednesday, April 5. The veteran left-hander injured his pitching arm during his Padres debut, a 3-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants Wednesday.
The San Diego Padres placed starting pitcher Shawn Estes on the 15-day disabled list Friday and recalled Cassidy from Triple-A Portland to take his roster spot. The 30-year-old right-hander was on the opening day roster, but was optioned to Portland after Monday's win over the Giants to make room for catcher Rob Bowen. He has yet to pitch for the Padres.
The San Diego Padres are debating whether to put Klesko on the 15-day disabled list for the start of the season. The first baseman has been bothered by a sore left shoulder, and he missed his fourth straight Cactus League game on Wednesday. He had a cortisone shot over the weekend to help relieve the discomfort.
The San Diego Padres are debating whether to put first baseman Ryan Klesko on the 15-day disabled list for the start of the season, a move that could make Gonzalez the Padres' opening day starter at first. Klesko has been bothered by a sore left shoulder. He received a cortisone shot over the weekend and hasn't played in a Cactus League game since Saturday.
With an impressive showing in camp this spring, Barfield has claimed San Diego's second-base job over veteran Mark Bellhorn. Barfield has batted .386 and slugged .705 in 16 spring games, going 17-for-44 with nine doubles, a triple and a homer. He has scored 16 runs and driven in 12.
Park recorded his third save of the World Baseball Classic by pitching a scoreless ninth for Korea against Mexico on Sunday night.
Manager Dusty Baker denied he told Walker that he would become the Cubs' starting second baseman. Walker had told a TV station he would start.
In his first game in a Padre uniform, Piazza went 2-for-3 and hit a grand slam off former teammate Armando Benitez on Sunday.
Peavy allowed three runs in five innings while throwing 67 pitches in a no decision against Japan on Sunday in a World Baseball Classic second-round game. Peavy allowed a leadoff homer to Ichiro Suzuki.
Sledge made his first appearance of the spring Friday, finishing 2-for-2 with a double as the designated hitter. A pulled calf had sidelined the outfielder.
The Milwaukee Brewers signed Adams Friday to a one-year deal worth $335,000 if he makes the majors and $184,100 if he plays in the minors. The 27-year-old right-hander appeared in 13 games for the Brewers last season, going 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA and one save.
The Yankees designated Anderson for assignment on Saturday. The right-hander was 1-0 with a 7.94 ERA in three appearances for New York last season. He went 4-1 with a 2.66 ERA in 66 games for Triple-A Columbus.
The Padres claimed Young off waivers from Baltimore on Thursday. The 25-year-old first baseman made his big league debut in 2005, batting .303 with one homer and three RBIs in 14 games.
Embree has signed a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres, including an invitation to spring training. The veteran left-hander, who turns 36 later this month, split the 2005 campaign between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, going a combined 2-5 with a 7.62 ERA and one save in 67 relief appearances.
Brazelton agreed to a $500,000, one-year deal with the San Diego Padres Tuesday. The 25-year-old right-hander would get a $500,000 bonus if he's on the 25-man roster the entire year. The Padres acquired Brazelton from Tampa Bay on Dec. 7 in exchange for Sean Burroughs. Brazelton was the third overall pick in the 2001 draft and the Devil Rays' Opening Day starter in 2005, but was demoted to the bullpen -- and the minor leagues -- after struggling early in the season.
Bellhorn has signed with the San Diego Padres, agreeing to a one-year, $800,000 contract. The 31-year-old infielder struggled in 2005, splitting the season between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. He finished the year batting .210 with eight home runs, 30 RBI and three stolen bases.
Sledge was traded from the Texas Rangers to the San Diego Padres on Tuesday as part of a six-player deal. The 28-year-old played in just 20 games last season with Washington, hitting .243 with one homer and eight RBIs. He was acquired by the Rangers earlier this month.
Young was traded to the San Diego Padres on Tuesday as part of a six-player deal. The 26-year-old was 12-7 with a 4.26 ERA in 31 starts for Texas last year.
Hoffman agreed to terms with the Padres for $13.5 million over two years on Wednesday. The 38-year-old closer is ranked second in MLB history with 436 saves. He sits 42 saves behind Lee Smith for the all-time lead.
The Washington Nationals traded Sledge to the Texas Rangers along with outfielder Brad Wilkerson in exchange for all-star second baseman Alfonso Soriano on Wednesday. Sledge hit .243 with one home run and eight RBI in 20 games for the Nationals in 2005. Sledge missed 142 games with a torn right hamstring suffered in May.
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays have traded Brazelton to the San Diego Padres in exchange for infielder Sean Burroughs. The 25-year-old right-hander, who was the third overall pick in the 2001 draft, was the Devil Rays' Opening Day starter in 2005, but was demoted to the bullpen -- and the minor leagues -- after struggling early in the season. He finished the year 1-8 with a 7.61 ERA in 20 appearances, including eight starts.
Giles re-signed with the Padres Thursday for $30 million over three years. The right fielder will earn $9 million per season from 2006-08, with a $9 million option for 2009, which could increase the deal's value to $36 million over four years. The Padres have a $3 million buyout for 2009. Giles hit .301 in 158 games with 15 home runs and 83 RBIs for the Padres last season.
It looks like Giles will not play for the Padres in 2006, after the team turned down the latest contract proposal from the outfielder's agent -- which was reportedly for three years and approximately $30 million.
On Monday, the San Diego Padres acquired Hill from Pittsburgh for a player to be named or cash considerations. Hill had been designated for assignment over the weekend, after batting .269 with 12 runs scored and 11 RBIs in 58 games for the Pirates in 2005.
The Pirates have removed Hill from the 40-man roster and designated him for assignment. The utility infielder hit .269 with 11 RBIs in 58 games with Pittsburgh in 2005.
As anticipated, the New York Mets traded Cameron to San Diego Friday, in exchange for Xavier Nady. The long-rumored deal went down after Cameron had been tested to assure the Padres that his vision wasn't negatively affected by his collision with teammate Carlos Beltran in August. In 76 games last season, Cameron batted .273 with 12 home runs and 39 RBIs.
After leaving San Diego via a July trade to win a World Series ring with Chicago, Blum has agreed to return to the Padres for 2006. The utility player has signed a one-year, $650,000 deal. Blum batted .229 with a .296 on-base percentage in 109 games for the Padres and White Sox. He capped his season with a 14th-inning home run in Game 3 of the World Series, putting the Sox one game away from the title.
The Chicago Cubs exercised their option to bring back Walker for the 2006 season. The second baseman, who batted .305 with a .355 on-base percentage in 110 games, will make $2.5 million. He also contributed 25 doubles, 12 homers and 50 runs scored.
The Chicago Cubs have exercised their 2006 option on Williamson. The veteran reliever, who returned from offseason Tommy John surgery in August, had a 5.65 ERA in 17 games. He worked seven scoreless appearances in September, with nine strikeouts in five innings. He will make $2 million in 2006.
Blum homered in his first career World Series at-bat in the 14th inning on Tuesday night to lead the White Sox to a 7-5 victory and a 3-0 series lead over the Astros. It was only the second at-bat this postseason for the former Astro, and his first since Game 1 against the Red Sox in the ALDS three weeks ago.
Bellhorn, signed by the Yankees on August 31 after being released by Boston, has rejected an outright assignment to Triple-A Columbus and elected to become a free agent. In 94 games with Boston and New York in 2005, the second baseman batted .210 with eight home runs and 30 RBI. He went 2-for-17 (.118) with a homer, two runs scored and two RBI in September for the Yankees.
Roberts, who hasn't played since last weekend, may test his strained left quadriceps with a few at-bats this weekend. The Padres' center fielder is taking batting practice, but his quad is only 75-80 percent healthy. Roberts hopes to play to get himself tuned up for the Padres' Division Series showdown next week.
With the Padres clinching the National League West crown and Peavy bothered by shoulder pain earlier in the month, the San Diego ace probably won't make his scheduled turn this weekend. The Padres will use bullpen sessions to prepare Peavy for his playoff start next week.
After getting hit on the left wrist by a wild pitch on Tuesday, Piazza did not play for the Mets on Wednesday against Philadelphia. The future Hall of Famer may start most of the final four games at home against Colorado, as they are likely Piazza's last games as a Met. He is batting .256 with 18 home runs and 61 RBI in 109 games this season.
Estes, who sat out July and August with a stress reaction in his left foot, aggravated the injury in his Wednesday night start. He left Arizona's 4-3 win over Los Angeles in the fifth inning. It's likely the Diamondbacks' lefthander is done for the year, and he finishes at 7-8 with a 4.80 ERA in 21 starts.
Hoffman surrendered a two-out triple to the San Francisco Giants' Randy Winn in the ninth inning Monday night, followed by Jack Snow's go-ahead RBI single, in the Padres' 3-2 loss. It snapped Hoffman's consecutive save streak at 38, dating back to April 30.
Greene left San Diego's Saturday game in the third inning with a bruised left shin. The Padres' shortstop didn't play against Arizona on Sunday, but he is expected to be ready when the Padres host the first of four key games against division rival San Francisco on Monday night.
After making his first start in two weeks last Thursday because of arm fatigue, Young is in line to take another turn for the Texas Rangers on Wednesday. The rookie righthander is likely to face Seattle in his final start of 2005. Young is 11-7 with a 4.23 ERA in 30 starts for the Rangers.
Walker's availability for the rest of the season is highly in question after he had to be helped off the field during Friday's game against the Houston Astros. The Cubs' veteran second baseman came up lame while rounding the bases in the first inning and was taken to the hospital to undergo an MRI. Preliminary diagnosis is a strained right knee.
Young is penciled in to start Thursday for the Texas Rangers, after battling arm fatigue since leaving a start on September 7. The 26-year-old righthander, one of the top rookie pitchers of 2005, will oppose one of his equally gifted peers, rookie righthander Ervin Santana of the Angels.
While Piazza missed his third straight game on Tuesday, Mets manager Willie Randolph says the veteran catcher is likely to be in the New York lineup Wednesday night against Washington. The skipper said he probably would give Piazza the Thursday matinee off after returning to action Wednesday.
Young threw on flat ground on Tuesday, testing his arm for the first time since departing a start against Minnesota after one inning on September 7. The Rangers would like to have their rookie righthander back on a mound in a few days, which could set the stage for Young returning to the Texas rotation late next week with a little more than a week left in the season.
Young, believed to be the heaviest major leaguer ever based on listed weight, stroked his first major league home run for the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night. The 6-foot-5, 322-pound first baseman stroked a solo shot off Texas righthander R.A. Dickey in the Orioles' 4-3 win. He also led off the ninth with a single, and his pinch-runner, Ed Rogers, tallied the game-winning run.
Piazza, who suffered a mild concussion when he took a Julian Tavarez fastball off the front of his batting helmet on Saturday, did not play for the Mets on Monday. He missed his second straight game, but is expected to return to the New York lineup on Tuesday.
Peavy's shoulder felt better during his Monday throwing session, and the San Diego Padres believe their ace is on track to start Friday against Washington. The 24-year-old righthander, who hasn't pitched since he blanked Milwaukee for five innings on September 4, is 12-6 with a 2.93 ERA in 27 starts this season.
Klesko returned to the San Diego lineup Sunday after missing three games (and four starts) with a back and neck injury. A recent MRI exam verified Klesko didn't have a serious injury, and he'll work his way back into the lineup.
Peavy is expected to throw on the side before San Diego's Monday night game in San Francisco. Peavy, 12-6 with a 2.93 ERA for the Padres, hasn't pitched since September 4 because of pain in his right shoulder. The club hopes he'll be able to start Friday night against Washington.
Instead of starting on Tuesday, Young will test his tired by throwing on the side. It will be the first time he has thrown since last Wednesday in Minnesota, when he first tested his arm.
In his first game back since breaking a bone in his left hand nearly a month ago, Piazza was forced to leave after taking a pitch off the front of his batting helmet in the eighth inning of Saturday's meeting with the St. Louis Cardinals. The Mets' catcher was able to walk of the field under his own power and reported feeling fine after the game. He will be re-evaluated on Sunday.
Klesko has been absent from the Padres' starting lineup each of the last four games, due to continued problems with his upper back, neck and shoulder. The veteran outfielder/first baseman has just one hit in his last 14 at-bats and is hitting only .208 since the All-Star break.
Piazza was in the starting lineup for the Mets' game against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday after being activated from the 15-day disabled list earlier in the day. Piazza had been sidelined since August 16 after breaking a bone in his left hand.
Piazza took batting practice on the field Thursday for the first time since breaking a bone in his left hand on August 16. The Mets' catcher will work behind the plate in the bullpen on Friday. Still, Piazza is at least a few days from returning to action.
Peavy, nursing a sore right shoulder, will not start Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is 4-2, 1.87 over his last eight starts, including two complete-game shutouts, while striking out 10.1 per nine innings and holding the opposition to a .189 batting average over that span.
Brazelton, who was suspended for five games for his role in an altercation between his Tampa Bay club and the Boston Red Sox in April, has had his punishment reduced to three games. The Rays' righthander will begin serving his three-game penalty on Thursday.
After leaving his Thursday afternoon start with a tired arm, Young will miss his next start for the Texas Rangers and could be shut down for the season. The 26-year-old rookie, who has pitched impressively since the beginning of August, is 11-7 with a 4.19 ERA in 29 starts.
The San Diego Padres have recalled Alexander from Triple-A Portland, less than a week after acquiring the veteran infielder in a trade with Texas. He hit .307 with 12 home runs and 68 RBI in 112 games for Triple-A affiliates Oklahoma and Portland.
Peavy will work a bullpen session on Thursday, which will determine whether the San Diego ace will be available to make his Saturday start at Dodger Stadium. Peavy has been battling a tender right shoulder, which forced him out of his Sunday start after five scoreless innings against Atlanta.
Young left his Thursday afternoon start for Texas after just one inning because of a tired arm. There have been concerns about the rookie's workload, and perhaps Young will be shut down for the remainder of the 2005 campaign. The 26-year-old righthander is 11-7 with a 4.19 ERA in 29 starts.
Out with a broken bone in his left hand, Piazza has begun baseball activities in a push to return before the 2005 season ends. The Mets' catcher has taken some light swings and caught some light tosses as a first step to playing again.
Brazelton will join the Devil Rays for his third stint with the team, getting the callup from Triple-A Durham on Monday. In five starts with the Bulls, he went 2-2 with a 3.72 ERA, striking out 26 in 29 innings while walking 14. In 18 major league appearances this year, he has gone 1-8 with a 6.85 ERA.
Peavy has been taking anti-inflammatory medication for a tender right shoulder. Still, the ailment forced Peavy out of his last start on Sunday, after five scoreless innings against Atlanta. The Padres' righthander said he was feeling fatigued before he was replaced by Chris Hammond with a 1-0 lead.
Sidelined since July 5 with a stress reaction in his left foot, Estes is expected to be activated from the disabled list to start against Colorado on Friday. The Arizona lefthander will return to Coors Field, his home field in 2004. He was 15-8 (5.84 ERA) for the Rockies a year ago, but he has been limited to 104.2 innings this season. For the Diamondbacks, he is 6-7 with a 4.56 ERA in 17 starts.
On Thursday, the Baltimore Orioles recalled Young, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound power prospect who hit .288 with 13 dingers and 81 RBI in 123 games at Triple-A Ottawa.
The Texas Rangers have traded Alexander to the San Diego Padres for 19-year-old pitching prospect Juan Jimenez. Alexander was playing at Triple-A Oklahoma. He was hitting .309 with 12 home runs and 67 RBI in the minors.
The San Diego Padres recalled Oxspring on Thursday. The 28-year-old pitching prospect put together a solid season at Triple-A Portland, going 12-6 with a 4.03 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 26 starts in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League.
Piazza will be sidelined until at least mid-September because of a broken bone in his left hand. It's possible that the Mets catcher is done for the season. A CT scan performed on Monday determined that Piazza, who was struck by a foul tip during a game on August 16 won't be ready until late September. He needs 4-6 more weeks for the injury to heal.
Bellhorn joined the New York Yankees immediately after signing, and the second baseman was in the lineup against Seattle on Tuesday night. Giving third baseman Alex Rodriguez a night off, the 31-year-old veteran was 0-for-4 in his Yankees debut.
Designated for assignment by Boston nearly two weeks ago, Bellhorn has refused a minor league assignment and signed with the New York Yankees. The second baseman, who delivered key home runs in the final two games of Boston's upset of New York in last October's ALCS, hit just .216 with 109 strikeouts in 283 at-bats for Boston. He missed 28 games early in the second half because of a sprained left thumb.
Blum looks like the favorite to get most of the starts at third base after the White Sox placed the starter, Joe Crede, on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a fractured finger. Acquired from San Diego on July 31, Blum is batting .214 with a .254 on-base percentage in 19 games since joining the White Sox.
Peavy should make his scheduled start on Tuesday, despite cutting his left hand on an aluminum can and needing stitches on Monday morning. The injury is to his non-pitching hand, and the Padres' young ace probably won't miss a turn. He is 11-6 with a 2.97 ERA going into his Tuesday start at home against Arizona.
Greene will be back Tuesday to start against the Diamondbacks, two weeks earlier than previously expected. He has recovered quickly from a non-displaced fracture in his left big toe, which he suffered on August 14.
On Monday, the San Diego Padres placed righthander Pedro Astacio on the 15-day disabled list and recalled Johnson for his second big league stint of the season. The 24-year-old outfield prospect, who was 3-for-17 (.176) with three doubles and three RBI in his first major league stay earlier this year, was batting .312 with 27 doubles, 25 homers and 83 RBI in 107 games for Triple-A Portland.
On Monday, the Chicago White Sox recalled Jeff Bajenaru from Triple-A Charlotte and optioned Adkins to the same affiliate. Adkins didn't get the job done during a nearly month-long stay in the majors, going 0-1 with an 8.64 ERA in five relief appearances.
Hoffman finished off the Houston Astros in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 7-4 victory to notch his 32nd save of the season and 425th of his career. The Padres' veteran closer also moved into sole possession of second place on the major league's all-time saves list. Only Lee Smith ranks higher with 478. In 45 relief appearances in 2005, Hoffman is 1-5 with a 3.59 ERA.
Peavy outdueled Roger Clemens on Tuesday in the Padres' 2-0 win. The Padres' ace threw a complete game shutout and gave up four hits and two walks while striking out six. He snapped a brief two-game losing streak with his great performance and improved his record to 11-6 for the season.
The swelling and soreness in Piazza's left hand continue to linger, so the New York Mets have decided to place the veteran catcher on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 17. Piazza, who suffered a hairline fracture of the pisiform bone in the hand when he was hit by a foul tip, will be replaced on the roster by Mike DiFelice. In 97 games this season, Piazza is batting .259 with 14 home runs and 55 RBI.
In an interview Saturday, Cameron discussed his collision with Carlos Beltran that resulted in Cameron's facial surgery. He expects to miss the remainder of the season. "I don't remember too much," Cameron said. "I was out of it for a minute. I couldn't breathe because I had blood coming out of my nose and my mouth at the same time. That was my main concern. Breathing, breathing. After that, I figured something was wrong because I couldn't really function that well."
Piazza still has some swelling and soreness in his left hand, and the Mets expect him to miss a few more days as a result. The veteran catcher, who suffered a hairline fracture of the pisiform bone when he was hit on the hand by a foul tip during Tuesday's action, will be replaced behind the plate by Ramon Castro for the time being.
The Padres now expect Greene to miss about four weeks -- rather than the 2-3 weeks originally estimated -- as his broken left big toe is a bit more serious than initially thought. The shortstop, who suffered the injury diving for a grounder in San Diego's 8-3 loss to Philadelphia last Sunday, will be sidelined until mid-September.
Gonzalez was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma, where he was hitting .338 with 18 home runs and 65 RBI in 84 games. In 13 games with the Rangers earlier this year, he went .229-3-6 in 48 at bats.
Tests have revealed that Piazza has a hairline fracture of the pisiform bone in his left hand, an injury suffered when he was hit by a foul tip in Tuesday's win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. According to Mets general manager Omar Minaya, the veteran catcher will be sidelined until the swelling in the hand goes down, which could be at least a couple of days.
Greene suffered a non-displaced fracture of his left big toe and will miss 2-3 weeks of action after he was injured diving for a grounder in San Diego's 8-3 loss to Philadelphia on Sunday. The Padres' shortstop will be placed on the disabled list and will undergo a CT scan on the toe Monday. He is batting .257 with 10 home runs and 49 RBI in 92 games this season.
Cameron underwent successful facial surgery Friday night to repair his broken nose and fractured cheekbones, suffered in an outfield collision with Carlos Beltran on Thursday. Cameron is expected to remain at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla for at least a couple of days in order to recover from the surgery.
The Arizona Diamondbacks moved Estes to the 60-day disabled list on Saturday. The pitcher has been sidelined since July 5 with a stress reaction in his left foot.
Williams posted his first win in more than a month, allowing just one run on six hits over seven innings of work in Thursday's 2-1 victory over the New York Mets. The Padres' veteran righthander, who had lost his previous three decisions, walked one batter and fanned a season-high eight.
Cameron will now be sidelined for the remainder of the season after a violent collision with teammate Carlos Beltran during Thursday's game against the San Diego Padres. The outfielder was carted off the field on a stretcher and taken to a hospital where he was diagnosed with a broken nose, multiple fractures of both cheekbones and a slight concussion. He will undergo surgery over the weekend.
After missing nearly a week with his troublesome back, Klesko returned to the San Diego Padres' lineup for Tuesday's meeting with the New York Mets, going 1-for-4 with a double, RBI and run scored. The veteran outfielder/first baseman had been absent from the team's lineup for five games.
The Devil Rays have optioned Brazelton to Triple-A Durham on Tuesday and recalled righthanded relief pitcher Tim Corcoran to take his place on the roster. Brazelton was 1-8 with a 6.85 ERA in 18 games this season, and walked a staggering 57 batters in just over 68 innings. The former No. 1 selection will likely remain in Triple-A for the remainder of the season.
Peavy bruised his right middle finger while fielding balls during batting practice on Friday, but decided to take the mound against the Washington Nationals on Sunday anyway. The Padres' righthander did not appear to be bothered by the minor ailment, going the distance to notch his second complete game shutout of the season. He scattered five hits over nine innings, striking out 10 and walking two.
Before the Chicago Cubs took on the New York Mets Friday night, they activated Williamson from the 60-day disabled list. The veteran reliever has been out since Tommy John surgery last October. He enjoyed a successful return, as the 29-year-old righthander worked a scoreless inning and fanned two in the Cubs' 9-5 loss to the Mets.
Peavy hurt his right middle finger while fielding balls during batting practice on Friday. It was swollen and painful on Saturday, putting the San Diego righthander's Sunday start at risk.
Piazza finished a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, notching three hits and driving in five runs in Thursday's loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. The Mets' veteran catcher has homered in each of his last two games and has seven RBI over his last three contests.
Klesko could be sidelined through the weekend with his troublesome back, but the injury is not expected to land him on the 15-day disabled list at this point. The veteran outfielder, who was absent from the Padres' lineup for Thursday's meeting with the Pittsburgh Pirates, has been listed as day-to-day.
Park, obtained Saturday from the Texas Rangers for slugger Phil Nevin, will make his first start for the Padres on Wednesday night at Pittsburgh. The 32-year-old righthander, who was 8-5 with a 5.66 ERA for Texas, will make his Padres debut after nine days of rest.
On Sunday, the Chicago White Sox recalled Adkins from Triple-A Charlotte, where the 27-year-old righthander was 4-9 with a 5.58 ERA in 21 starts. As he did during a lengthy stint with the White Sox in 2004, Adkins will work out of the bullpen.
The San Diego Padres on Sunday activated righthander Adam Eaton from the disabled list and optioned Stauffer to Triple-A Portland. Stauffer, a 23-year-old rookie, made 14 starts and one relief appearance for the Padres, going 3-6 with a 5.33 ERA.
Klesko has been taking groundballs at first base in recent days, and it's possible he may be moved back to that position with Phil Nevin dealt to Texas. Such a move probably would mean a move to the outfield for Xavier Nady, who has been sharing first base with Mark Sweeney since the Nevin deal went down.
Blum was traded to the Chicago White Sox in return for minor league pitcher Ryan Meaux. In 78 games with the Padres, Blum hit .242 with five home runs and 22 RBI.
On Sunday, the Texas Rangers optioned Gonzalez to Triple-A Oklahoma to make room for Sunday's starting pitcher, C.J. Wilson. Oklahoma looked like the first-base prospect's destination anyway, with Phil Nevin acquired in a trade with San Diego on Saturday. Gonzalez batted .229 with three home runs and six RBI in 13 games with the Rangers.
Embree signed with the New York Yankees on Friday night, shortly after being released by the Boston Red Sox. Boston had designated the reliever for assignment 10 days ago. To make room on the roster, the Yankees designated Buddy Groom for assignment.
The trade became official early Saturday, as the Texas Rangers have sent Park to the San Diego Padres for first baseman-DH Phil Nevin. The Rangers also are shipping some cash to help cover the final year-and-a-half remaining on Park's five-year, $65 million contract.
Williamson may be activated from the disabled list on Friday. The reliever signed a minor-league deal with the Chicago Cubs in January after undergoing elbow replacement surgery last October. He threw two innings of relief for Triple-A Iowa on Friday, allowing two runs on three hits, and is expected to pitch again on Monday and Tuesday.
Park didn't make his scheduled start for Texas on Friday night, and published reports are saying that the Rangers and Padres have a trade completed that will send Park to San Diego for Phil Nevin. The Padres' first baseman, who rejected a trade to Baltimore this week under the terms of his contract, told reporters on Friday that he was joining the Rangers. Reportedly the deal is awaiting approval from the commissioner's office.
Peavy didn't figure in the decision, he tossed quite a game in Wednesday's 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. The Padres' righthander allowed one run on just two hits over eight solid innings before turning things over to closer Trevor Hoffman in the ninth. Peavy also notched his fifth double-digit strikeout performance of the season, fanning 10.
Hill has been optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis by the Pittsburgh Pirates, opening a roster spot for first baseman Brad Eldred, who was recalled from the minor league club late Thursday. In 58 games this year (93 at-bats), the light-hitting infielder is batting .269 with no home runs and 11 RBI.
On Friday, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays optioned catcher Kevin Cash to Triple-A Durham and recalled LaForest to take his place as the Rays' backup behind the plate. In 70 games for Durham, LaForest batted .270 with 21 home runs and 52 RBI.
Peavy lasted just five innings in Thursday's loss to the New York Mets, turning in his worst outing of the 2005 campaign. The Padres' righthander was touched for seven runs on seven hits, including two home runs. With the perfomance, Peavy saw his ERA continue to gradually get higher, going from 3.03 to season-worst 3.42.
On Tuesday, the Boston Red Sox traded Cassidy to the San Diego Padres for Adam Hyzdu. Cassidy had spent a week with the Red Sox this month, making one appearance and allowing four hits and three runs in two-thirds of an inning. At Triple-A Pawtucket, he had been a somewhat successful reliever, going 6-3 with a 4.05 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 60 innings.
The Red Sox have designated lefthanded pitcher Alan Embree for assignment on Tuesday. Embree was 1-4 with a 7.65 ERA through 43 appearances this season.
Walker extended his current hitting streak to 11 games in a big way Monday night, going 3-for-6 with two home runs and three RBI in a 9-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. During the streak, the Cubs' second baseman is 17-for-46 (.370) with four doubles, four home runs and nine RBI.
Williamson recently has been pitching in rookie league games in Arizona, but he is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa as early as this week. The righthander, who underwent reconstructive surgery on his pitching elbow last October, could return to the Cubs' bullpen within the next couple of weeks.
The New York Yankees optioned Anderson to Triple-A Columbus Monday, in order to make room on the roster for outfielder Bubba Crosby. Anderson was recalled at the end of June, and in three appearances, he was 1-0 and posted a 7.94 ERA and seven walks in 5.2 innings.
Opening space on the 25-man roster for first baseman Phil Nevin, the San Diego Padres have optioned Johnson to Triple-A Portland. The outfielder made his major league debut after being recalled late last month, but has seen limited playing time during his stint with the Padres. In seven games, he went 2-for-14 with two doubles, three RBI and four strikeouts.
The San Diego Padres have purchased Hensley's contract from Triple-A Portland. The 25-year-old righthander, who will be making his major league debut, was 2-2 with a 2.99 ERA in 15 appearances with the minor league club this season, including 14 starts. Veteran Dennys Reyes was waived to make room on the roster.
Bellhorn suffered a sprained left thumb in the Red Sox' loss to the Yankees on Sunday, and on Monday he was placed on the 15-day disabled list. The Red Sox' second baseman is batting .216 with seven homers and 28 RBI in 85 games this season.
With the acquisition of reliever Chad Bradford and Curt Schilling coming off the disabled list to work in the Boston bullpen, the Red Sox outrighted Cassidy to Triple-A Pawtucket. The 29-year-old righthander made one appearance during his brief stay with Boston, allowing four hits and three runs in two-thirds of an inning.
Rangers manager Buck Showalter has stated that Young will receive additional rest following the All-Star break. Sources have reported that Young will not start until July 18 when the Rangers play the Yankees.
Further tests on Estes' ailing left foot have revealed a stress reaction, an injury that has been bothering the pitcher for nearly two weeks. As a result, the Diamondbacks have placed the lefthander on the 15-day disabled list, and currently, there is no exact timetable for his return. Estes will be re-evaluated in two weeks to determine his status and availability. In 17 starts this season, he is 6-7 with a 4.56 ERA and two complete games.
On Wednesday, the Boston Red Sox placed closer Keith Foulke on the 15-day disabled list and recalled Cassidy from Triple-A Pawtucket. The 29-year-old righthander was 6-3 with a 3.81 ERA in 25 games at Pawtucket. He will be making his first big league appearance since working 58 games and posting a 5.73 ERA for Toronto in 2002.
After missing more than a week with a small tear in the patella tendon in his left knee, Roberts was back in center field and at the top of the Padres' batting order for Sunday's meeting with the San Francisco Giants. The outfielder finished the contest 0-for-4 with a stolen base and run scored.
McAnulty has been optioned to Double-A Mobile by the San Diego Padres, opening a spot on the roster for veteran reliever Paul Quantrill, who was acquired from the New York Yankees on Saturday. The first baseman/outfielder made his major league debut last month and went 2-for-9 in 10 games during his short stint with the Padres.
On Wednesday, the New York Yankees optioned outfielder Kevin Reese to Triple-A Columbus and recalled Anderson from the same affiliate. The 26-year-old reliever has been solid at Columbus, going 4-1 with two saves and a 2.85 ERA.
Roberts, who has been sidelined since late last week with a small tear in the patella tendon in his left knee, took batting practice with the Padres on Tuesday, and the team is optimistic that the outfielder will be able to return to the lineup within the next couple of days. He is batting .287 with six home runs, 26 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 53 games this season.
In Tampa Bay's revamped bullpen, Brazelton, Doug Waechter and Chad Orvella will be working in the setup role for the Rays. The trio will pitch in key game situations, which means close games and occasional chances to pick up decisions.
Filling the roster spot of ailing first baseman Phil Nevin, the San Diego Padres have recalled Johnson from Triple-A Portland. The outfielder, who will serve as a backup with the Padres, was batting .299 with 17 home runs and 49 RBI in 73 games with the minor league club this season.
An MRI exam of the patella tendon Roberts strained on Friday revealed no significant damage. The Padres' center fielder said he has a small tear in the tendon, but it's nothing that should require surgery.
Strugging through a back and forth season with the disabled list, Roberts strained his patella tendon during Friday night's game against the Mariners. Roberts is scheduled to have an MRI on Saturday morning, and the Padres' trainers will know more once the test is completed.
On Friday the Devil Rays recalled Brazelton from Double-A Montgomery. Brazelton started the season in Tampa Bay's starting rotation, but was sent down to the minors on May 11 after a poor start. The team's first pick, and the third overall selection, in the 2001 draft now will try to hold on to his spot on the roster despite a 1-7 record and 6.43 ERA.
Park turned in the shortest start of his major league career, lasting just one inning in Tuesday's loss to the Los Angeles Angels. The Rangers' righthander, who had not been tagged with a loss since April 18 (10 starts), allowed eight runs on 10 hits and a walk. With the performance, his ERA jumped from 5.15 to a season-high 6.05.
Filling the roster spot of injured catcher Ramon Hernandez, the San Diego Padres have recalled McAnulty from Double-A Mobile. The outfielder/first baseman has appeared in 67 games with the minor league club this season, batting .301 with 10 home runs and 38 RBI.
Cameron is optimistic that he could return to the Mets' lineup as early as Tuesday after having fluid drained from his ailing right quadriceps. The outfielder, who also has a sore left ring finger, has not played since June 12 because of the ailments. He continues to be listed as day-to-day. Victor Diaz will handle the right-field duties until Cameron is back in action.
After battling an upper-respiratory infection and struggling in his previous three outings, Peavy appeared to be back on track in Monday's dominating performance over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Padres' ace surrendered just two hits over eight shutout innings, striking out a career-high 13 and walking only one. In his last 14 innings, Peavy has fanned 23 batters.
Estes went the distance in his second consecutive start, allowing three runs -- two earned -- on nine hits in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians. The Diamondbacks' lefthander, who struck out four and walked two, notched the 14 complete game of his major league career and second this season.
Walker has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games, including eight straight. The Cubs' second baseman, who missed more than six weeks with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, struggled a bit when he first returned from the injury late last month, but is batting .327 with five doubles, one home run, six RBI and nine runs scored in 14 games in June.
Peavy's next start has been moved back one day in order to give the pitcher an extra day of rest as he continues to recover from his recent upper-respiratory infection. So instead of pitching Sunday against the Twins, Peavy will start the Monday opener of the series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Darrell May will start Sunday against Minnesota.
Out of action since last Sunday, Cameron isn't certain to play in the Friday night opener of the Mets' weekend series in Seattle. While he has taken off the splint he wore on his left ring finger, which he dislocated on Sunday, his right leg remains stiff and swollen, the side effects of a healing quadriceps strain.
Park claimed his sixth straight win on Wednesday, limiting Atlanta to a single run over five innings to push his record to 7-1 on the season. The Texas righthander hasn't lost since April 18, his third start of 2005. He has posted a 6-0 record in 10 starts since then, though accumulating a 5.08 ERA over that stretch.
Cameron dislocated his left ring finger on Sunday, and the Mets' outfielder has been bothered by a quadriceps injury as well. He sat out Tuesday's 5-0 loss to Oakland, and it's possible he may be out until Friday to rest his injuries.
The swelling has gone down and Piazza may avoid the disabled list, but his left wrist kept him out of the Mets' lineup on Thursday and he isn't expected to play Friday against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Mets' catcher took a foul tip off his wrist Wednesday, just beneath his catcher's mitt. Piazza, who is batting .254 with six homers and 28 RBI this season, could be back before the weekend series is over.
Piazza was injured Wednesday when a foul tip caught him on the wrist just beneath his catcher's mitt. The wrist swelled and forced him out of the Mets' 4-1 loss to Houston after the top of the first inning. X-rays were negative, but the Mets' catcher is likely to miss a few games because of the swelling.
Roberts missed his second straight game Wednesday with soreness in his right shoulder. The Padres' center fielder felt the discomfort for the first time on Sunday, but doesn't know what caused it. The ailment isn't considered serious, but Roberts wasn't in the lineup again on Thursday afternoon, when the Padres hosted Cleveland in the finale of their interleague series. He remains day-to-day.
Klesko was back in his regular spot in the Padres' outfield for Tuesday's game against the Cleveland Indians. The veteran slugger, who went 3-for-5 with a double and two strikeouts in his return, had been sidelined the previous three days while battling the upper respiratory infection that is making its way around the Padres' clubhouse.
Due to some minor soreness in his right shoulder, Roberts was absent from the Padres' lineup for Tuesday's matchup with the Cleveland Indians. The outfielder, who was replaced by Xavier Nady, came in as a pinch-runner late in the game. He is not expected to be sidelined for an extended period.
Valent, who was designated for assignment late last month, has been sent outright to Triple-A Norfolk by the New York Mets after clearing waivers. The outfielder has appeared in 28 games with the major league club this season, batting just .186 with one RBI. He's struck out 17 times in 43 at-bats.
Battling the upper respiratory infection that is making its way around the Padres' clubhouse, Klesko was scratched from the starting lineup for Saturday's matchup with the Chicago Cubs. The veteran outfielder, who was replaced by Mark Sweeney, should return to action within the next couple of days.
Williams has been activated from the 15-day disabled list by the San Diego Padres after missing more than a month with a strained left oblique muscle. The veteran righthander is slated to take the mound against Carlos Zambrano and the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, filling in for staff ace Jake Peavy, who will be skipped because of an upper respiratory infection.
An upper respiratory infection that is not far from being pneumonia, according to Padres assistant trainer Jim Daniel, will prevent Peavy from taking the mound against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, as had been scheduled. Veteran Woody Williams will be activated from the 15-day disabled list Sunday morning, and he will get the nod instead.
Williams would come off the disabled list to pitch Sunday if Jake Peavy is unable to take his usual turn in the Padres' rotation.
Park picked up his 100th career victory on Saturday, despite allowing six runs on 11 hits in just five innigns of work in the Rangers' 14-9 win over the Kansas City Royals. Park, who has won his last six decisions, becomes the first South Korean to win 100 games in the major leagues.
Peavy, who is on antibiotics for a bacterial infection, is 50-50 to make his scheduled start against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday. If Peavy cannot go, look for Woody Williams to come off the disabled list and make the start in his place.
Blum has been on a tear of late, notching two or more hits in each of his last seven games. Over that span, the Padres' infielder is 15-for-32 (.469) with four doubles, one home run, five RBI, nine runs scored and a stolen base.
Williams reported no problems with his strained oblique muscle after tossing 60 pitches in a simulated game on Tuesday, and he is scheduled to throw again (long toss) on Thursday. Barring any setbacks, the Padres' righthander, who has been sidelined for a month, will make a minor league rehab start over the weekend, according to manager Bruce Bochy. He should return to the Padres' rotation within the next two weeks.
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays reinstated Brazelton on Thursday, more than three weeks after the 24-year-old righthander disappeared following a demotion to Triple-A Durham. The Rays' Opening Day starter, Brazelton was 1-7 with a 6.43 ERA in eight starts when he was demoted on May 11.
Brazelton still hasn't surfaced since his demotion to Triple-A Durham on May 11. He had 72 hours to report to Durham, but the 24-year-old righthander hasn't been seen by coaches or teammates since leaving the Tampa Bay clubhouse. The Rays placed him on the restricted list May 16.
Peavy turned in his shortest outing of the season, lasting just four innings in Tuesday's meeting with the Milwaukee Brewers. Prior to his departure, the Padres' righthander allowed four runs on six hits, struck out five and walked one. Despite the rough outing, his season ERA bumped up only slightly from 2.00 to 2.37.
With no home runs and just one RBI and a .186 batting average in 43 at bats, Valent was designated for assignment by the Mets. Victor Diaz was recalled from the minors to take his spot on the active roster.
With no home runs and just one RBI and a .186 batting average in 43 at-bats, Valent was designated for assignment by the Mets. Victor Diaz was recalled from the minors to take his spot on the active roster.
In order to make room on the active roster for Ben Sheets, Adams was optioned to the Brewers' Triple-A club in Nashville. In 13 relief appearances this year, Adams registered a 2.70 ERA with one save and two holds.
Giles has been on a hot streak as of late, in his last four games, he's 8-for-19 with seven extra-base hits, including two homers. Of course it's coming on the road where he's hitting .340, 7 HR, 28 RBI. At Petco, he's hitting .214 without a HR and 3 RBI.
Giles has been on a hot streak of late for the Padres. In his last four games, he's 8-for-19 with seven extra-base hits, including two homers. His production is coming on the road, where he's hitting .340 with seven homers and 28 RBI. At Petco, he's hitting .214 without a home run and three RBI.
Roberts helped lead the Padres to a 10-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, four RBI and a stolen base. The hit and RBI totals for the outfielder matched career highs. For the season, he is batting .298 with nine doubles, four triples, two home runs, 19 RBI and eight stolen bases.
Peavy notched the first shutout and complete game of his major league career, silencing the Arizona Diamondbacks' bats in Thursday's 10-0 victory. The Padres' righthander, who allowed just two hits, struck out two and walked none, improved to 5-0 in 10 starts this season and lowered his ERA to 2.00.
Walker will return to the Chicago Cubs' lineup for Wednesday night's matchup with the Houston Astros after being activated from the 15-day disabled list earlier in the day. The veteran infielder, who has been sidelined for nearly six weeks with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, was 8-for-21 (.381) with three RBI and a stolen base in six games prior to his injury.
With Mark Loretta sidelined for at least two months with a torn ligament in his thumb, Blum is expected to step into the Padres' lineup and see the majority of the starts at second base. Veteran infielder Damian Jackson also will figure into the mix during Loretta's absence.
Williams, on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle, took part in some long tossing on Frday. The Padres hope he will be able to start throwing off of a mound early next week.
On Thursday, Young was treated for back stiffness by Rangers medical personnel, but the rookie righthander is expected to make his Saturday start against Houston. Young, who turns 26 next Wednesday, is 3-2 with a 3.18 ERA in eight starts for Texas this season.
Blum has been activated from the 15-day disabled list by the San Diego Padres. The infielder, who has been sidelined with a chest contusion since colliding with teammate Ryan Klesko on April 29, is expected to fill in at second base for the ailing Mark Loretta for the time being. In 21 games this season, Blum is batting .271 with three home runs and seven RBI.
After being activated from the disabled list earlier this month, Greene struggled a bit, notching just one hit in his first 16 at-bats. The Padres' shortstop appears to have found his groove this week, with his best performance coming in a win over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday, when he went 2-for-4 with a pair of three-run homers and a career-high six RBI.
With David Wells returning from the disabled list to start for Boston on Wednesday, the Red Sox optioned Meredith to Triple-A Pawtucket. The 21-year-old rookie allowed multiple runs in each of his three outings in relief. He allowed seven earned runs over 2.1 innings, good for a 27.00 ERA.
Blum, who has been sidelined with a chest contusion since colliding with teammate Ryan Klesko on April 29, has begun a rehab assignment with Class-A Lake Elsinore. The veteran infielder likely will spend the majority of this week with the minor league club, but could rejoin the Padres in time for their weekend series with the Seattle Mariners. He will be evaluated on a daily basis.
Blum will claim a reserve role with the Padres upon his return. In 21 games this season, he is batting .271 with three home runs and seven RBI.
As scheduled, Walker joined Triple-A Iowa over the weekend to begin his rehab assignment. The Cubs' veteran infielder, who has been sidelined for nearly five weeks with a moderate to severe sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee, went hitless and struck out twice in seven at-bats with the minor league club. Walker will remain with Iowa for the next several days, but hopes to be activated in time for the start of a weekend series against the White Sox.
Jerry Hairston has been filling in during Walker's absence, but his recent struggles could mean Walker will reclaim the starting role immediately upon his return. Prior to the injury, Walker was 8-for-21 with two doubles, three RBI and a stolen base in six games this season.
After failing to report to a minor league assignment within the allotted 72 hours, Brazelton was placed on Major League Baseball's restricted list. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays optioned the 24-year-old righthander to Triple-A Durham last Wednesday, and he has yet to report to Durham or make contact with the team. As long as Brazelton is on the restricted list, the Devil Rays will not have to pay him. In the final year of his initial contract, Brazelton is scheduled to make $1.13 million in 2005.
Brazelton was the third overall pick in the 2001 draft, and as an amateur draftee, he signed the contract that is set to expire at the end of the 2005 campaign. In 42 career appearances with the Rays, Brazelton is 8-22 with a 5.54 ERA.
Blum will take batting practice on Saturday and could start a rehabilitation assignment at Class-A Lake Elsimore over the weekend. Blum, who is probably still a week away from coming off the disabled list, has been sidelined with a chest contusion since colliding with Ryan Klesko on April 29.
Peavy, who is scheduled to start on Saturday, has conceded that he has been going through a "dead arm" stretch lately, perhaps because of having to miss his last two spring training starts with a groin injury. Peavy has allowed 11 earned runs in his last three starts (21.1 innings).
With Tim Redding and Woody Williams both on the disabled list, Stauffer will be the Padres' No. 5 starter. Stauffer won his major league debut on May 11, giving up two runs in six innings of a 7-2 victory over Cincinnati.
After another rough outing on Wednesday, in which the White Sox stuck him with his major league-leading seventh loss of 2005, Brazelton was demoted to Triple-A Durham. The 24-year-old righthander departs with a 1-7 mark and a 6.43 ERA in eight starts. He walked 29 and fanned 25 in 42 innings.
Brazelton turned in a quality start as Tampa Bay's Opening Day starter on April 4. His only other quality start came on April 21, when he earned his only "W" of the season against Toronto. Since then, he's gone 0-4 with a 7.32 ERA in four outings. Casey Fossum is expected to move from the bullpen to the rotation to replace Brazelton.
Klesko had just one hit in Wednesday's win over the Cincinnati Reds, but the ball cleared the outfield wall, and the Padres' outfielder notched his third consecutive game with a home run. Over his last eight contests, the Klesko is 10-for-35 (.286) with six homers, 11 RBI and nine walks.
After belting 17 or more homers each season from 1994-2003, Klesko finished with just nine home runs in 2004, primarily because he was slow to fully recover from offseason shoulder surgery. Now that Klesko is back to 100 percent, it appears he has regained his power stroke. For the year, he is batting .259 with eight homers, 21 RBI and one stolen base in 32 games.
Since seeing his season batting average dip to a dismal .198 last week, Piazza has been on a tear at the plate. The Mets' veteran catcher is 8-for-19 (.421) with four home runs, 10 RBI and five runs scored over his last four starts.
Piazza has batted .314 for his major league career, but his averaged has steadily decreased over the past five seasons. This year, he is hitting just .238 with six home runs and 22 RBI in 29 games.
Williams continues to be bothered by soreness in his strained oblique, and he has yet to be cleared to resume throwing. As a result, the Padres do not expect the veteran righthander to be back in action for at least another couple of weeks. Darrell May will remain in San Diego's starting rotation until Williams can return.
The Padres are not going to rush Williams back until he is completely pain-free, so expect him to miss at least the rest of the month. He is 2-2 with a 4.84 ERA in six games this season.
After pitching eight scoreless innings against Detroit on Monday, Young has worked back-to-back scoreless starts. He blanked Oakland for 5.2 innings on May 3, giving the rookie righthander a streak of 13.2 scoreless frames over those two outings.
Detroit scored two ninth-inning runs off Texas closer Francisco Cordero for a 2-0 Tigers win. Despite the no-decision, Young is 3-2 with a 3.12 ERA and 1.34 WHIP.
Stauffer is scheduled to make his major league debut when he takes the hill for the Padres against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday. The righthander, who was the fourth overall pick in the 2003 Draft, was recalled from Triple-A Portland on Monday to replace the injured Tim Redding on the roster and in the starting rotation.
Stauffer started at three different minor league levels last season, going a combined 11-5 with a 2.89 ERA. He struck out 113 and walked 48 in 168 innings of work.
Greene has been activated from the 15-day disabled list by the San Diego Padres, and he is expected to be in the lineup for Monday's meeting with the Cincinnati Reds. The shortstop, who has been sidelined since mid-April with a broken finger on his right hand, fills the roster spot of the demoted Jesse Garcia.
Greene will resume his duties as the Padres' everyday shortstop. Prior to his injury, he was batting .242 with five RBI in 10 games.
Hoffman picked up his 400th career save in Friday's win over the St. Louis Cardinals. The Padres' closer joins Lee Smith and John Franco as the only pitchers with at least 400 career saves.
Hoffman posted his 401st save on Saturday and is 8 for 10 in save opportunities on the season.
Walker, on the disabled list with a sprained left medial collateral ligament, is scheduled to join the Cubs' Triple-A team in Salt Lake City for a rehabilitation assignment starting next weekend. The second baseman hopes to rejoin the big league club for the Cubs' series against the White Sox, which begins on May 20.
Giles broke out of his recent slump in a big way on Thursday, going 4-for-5 with a home run and five RBI in a victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. The Padres' outfielder, who had been hitless in his previous 22 at-bats going into the game, improved his season batting average from .175 to .206 with Thursday's performance.
A career .297 hitter, Giles was bound to get back on track. In 28 games this season, he has four home runs, 16 RBI and two stolen bases.
Walker has been taking grounders and doing some running over the past few days, and barring any setbacks, he hopes to return to the Chicago Cubs' lineup within the next week or so. The veteran infielder has been sidelined since suffering a moderate to severe sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee when Milwaukee's Carlos Lee slid into his leg on a play at second base on April 10.
It is not yet known whether Walker will go on a minor league rehab assignment before being activated. The Cubs likely will work Walker back in slowly, splitting time at second base between him and Jerry Hairston Jr. He is 8-for-21 with two doubles, three RBI and a stolen base in six games this season.
Tests have revealed that Sledge's right hamstring has torn off the bone, and he will be forced to undergo surgery on Friday. The Nationals' outfielder, who suffered the injury while chasing down a double off the bat of the Dodgers' Hee Seop Choi on Monday, is expected to be sidelined for at least two months. In 20 games this season, Sledge is batting .243 with one home run, eight RBI and two stolen bases.
Sledge had been handling the left-field duties for Washington this season, but with him sidelined, the team will turn to Ryan Church and Jeffrey Hammonds. Brad Wilkerson could slide over from center field as well, especially when the Nationals want to give Endy Chavez some playing time.
Piazza went into Thursday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies with just one hit in his previous 21 at-bats. The Mets' catcher broke out of his minor slump by going 4-for-5 with a three-run homer and two runs scored. With the performance, Piazza saw his season batting average improve from .198 to .231.
In 25 games this year, Piazza has seven doubles, three home runs and 15 RBI. Defensively, he's thrown out just 4 of 27 basestealers.
After hitting only nine home runs last season, it appears Klesko has regained his power stroke at the plate this year. The Padres' veteran outfielder belted two more home runs in Wednesday's victory over the Colorado Rockies, improving his 2005 season total to six through just 26 contests. He is batting .258 with 14 RBI and one stolen base.
Klesko underwent shoulder surgery following the 2003 campaign and was limited a bit last season, as he recovered from the procedure. He had 17 or more homers each season from 1994-2003, and if he stays healthy, Klesko should top that total again this year.
Cameron has wrapped up his minor league rehab assignment and been activated from the 15-day disabled list by the New York Mets. The outfielder, who has been sidelined with tendinitis in his surgically repaired left wrist, will make his 2005 season debut in Thursday's meeting with the Philadelphia Phillies. Reliever Royce Ring was optioned to the minor leagues to open a spot on the roster for Cameron.
Cameron is slated to serve as the Mets' everyday right fielder, despite the solid play of Victor Diaz during his absence. Cameron batted .231 with 30 home runs, 76 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 140 games in 2004.
Giles has been in a bit of a funk at the plate all season, but his struggles have mounted recently. The Padres' outfielder went 0-for-5 in Wednesday's win over the Colorado Rockies, extending his hitless streak to 22 at-bats. A career .296 hitter, Giles currently is batting .175 with three home runs, 11 RBI and two stolen bases in 27 games.
Giles is putting the ball in play, as he's struck out just once during his current drought. Expect him to get back in a groove sooner rather than later.
Williams has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the San Diego Padres, retroactive to May 2. The veteran righthander, who is 2-2 with a 4.84 ERA in six games this season, strained a muscle in his side during his start against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday. He will be replaced on the roster by lefthanded reliever Randy Williams.
Darrell May will step into the Padres' starting rotation during Williams' absence. His first start of the season is scheduled for Friday.
Bellhorn missed his fourth straight game Monday with a severe case of the flu. There was talk about the Boston Red Sox putting the second baseman on the disabled list, but the team has held off on making such a move.
Since Kevin Youkilis was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday, the 26-year-old prospect has manned third base and third baseman Bill Mueller has moved to second to cover for Bellhorn. The other option for second base is Ramon Vazquez, who has been bothered by a quadriceps injury and hasn't made a start at second since Youkilis has arrived.
The Boston Red Sox believe Bellhorn will be ready to rejoin the lineup Tuesday night after missing four games with a nasty version of the flu. He is recuperating from what teammates have labeled the "Bill Mueller flu." The Red Sox' third baseman missed six games with the same bug in mid-April.
Blum's bruised chest continues to be too sore for him to play, so the Padres have decided to place him on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 30. The infielder, who suffered the injury when he collided with teammate Ryan Klesko during Friday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, will be replaced on the roster by veteran utilityman Robert Fick.
With Khalil Greene still about a week away from returning to the lineup, the Padres will look to Jesse Garcia to fill in at shortstop for the time being. In 21 games this season, Blum is batting .271 with three home runs and seven RBI. He should be ready for activation when eligible in a couple of weeks.
Sledge has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Washington Nationals, due to a strained right hamstring. The outfielder, who suffered the injury while chasing down a double off the bat of the Dodgers' Hee Seop Choi on Monday, will be replaced on the active roster by Endy Chavez.
With Sledge sidelined, Brad Wilkerson likely will shift back to left field, while Ryan Church and Chavez should split time in center. In 20 games this season, Sledge is batting .243 with one home run, eight RBI and two stolen bases.
Greene is slated to join Class-A Lake Elsinore on Tuesday to begin a minor league rehab assignment, as he continues to recover from a broken finger on his right hand. Barring any setbacks, the shortstop could be back with the Padres as early as next Monday for the opener of a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds. He will be evaluated on a daily basis to determine his status.
Geoff Blum has been filling in at short during Greene's absence, but was placed on the disabled list on Monday because of a chest bruise. Until Greene is back on the field, Jesse Garcia will handle the duties for San Diego. For the season, Greene is batting .242 with five RBI in 10 games.
Cameron has reported no problems during his minor league rehab assignment with Class-A Port St. Lucie, so the Mets plan to promote him to Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday. The outfielder, who has been sidelined all season with tendinitis in his surgically repaired left wrist, will be activated from the 15-day disabled list as early as this weekend, barring any setbacks. Cameron batted .231 with 30 home runs, 76 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 140 games in 2004.
Victor Diaz has filled the void in right field during Cameron's absence, and the Mets would like to continue to get him regular at-bats. Cameron should see the majority of the time in right, but Diaz could get a start or two each week as well.
On Sunday, Brazelton absorbed a 7-4 loss to the Orioles in Baltimore, giving the Tampa Bay righthander his 14th straight road loss since beginning his big league career late in the 2002 season. In 18 road starts over his career, Brazelton is 0-14 with an 8.04 ERA and .334 opponent batting average.
Brazelton is 8-6 with a 3.69 ERA in 22 home appearances. He has appealed his five-game suspension for his role in the bench-clearing incident with Boston a week ago, which allowed him to pitch over the weekend. When Brazelton finally serves his time, the Rays will hope he misses a road start.
Bellhorn is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a severe case of the flu. The Red Sox may turn to Ramon Vazquez as their primary second baseman while Bellhorn is out of action.
Vazquez is nuring a sore hip at the moment, so Bill Mueller started at second base for the Red Sox over the weekend. Kevin Youkilis was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to cover third base for Mueller.
Blum is expected to be sidelined for a couple of games with a chest bruise after colliding with teammate Ryan Klesko on Friday. The infielder has been playing shortstop in place of the injured Khalil Greene, but the Padres will use Jesse Garcia at the position for now. Blum is listed as day-to-day.
Blum hopes to return as early as Sunday. In 21 games this season, he is batting .271 with three home runs and seven RBI.
Greene, who has been sidelined since April 16 with a fractured right ring finger, may be able to return to San Diego's lineup in the next 7-10 days.
Geoff Blum, who replaced Greene at shortstop, is also sidelined, meaning Jesse garcia will fill in until Blum and/or Greene returns to the lineup.
On Friday, Brazelton was suspended for five games for his role in the bench-clearing scuffles between Tampa Bay and Boston last weekend. The Rays' righthander was punished for his actions after the benches cleared. He had been ejected from the game for "escalating the situation" on the field, according to umpire crew chief Rick Reed.
All four players who were issued suspensions were fined an undisclosed amount of money as well. The suspensions are to begin on Friday, but the players can file an appeal, which would allow them to continue playing until their appeal has been heard.
After struggling as the Brewers' closer over the first few weeks of the 2005 campaign, Adams has been shifted to a setup role in Milwaukee's bullpen, while Derrick Turnbow will handle most save situations going forward. In eight appearances, Adams is 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA and one save.
The Brewers never were sold on Adams taking over as the primary closer, and manager Ned Yost indicated that Turnbow could figure into the mix coming out of spring training. Adams made his major league debut last season, appearing in 46 games, going 2-3 with a 3.40 ERA.
Cameron has resumed traveling with the New York Mets, as he continues in his recovery from tendinitis in his surgically repaired left wrist. The veteran outfielder hopes to resume hitting off a tee within the next several days, but admitted that it likely will be at least a couple more weeks before he returns to the Mets' lineup.
Victor Diaz will get the majority of the starts in Cameron's absence, with Eric Valent seeing some time as well. Cameron batted .231 with 30 home runs, 76 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 140 games in 2004.
According to manager Frank Robinson, Sledge will move into the Nationals' everyday lineup, bumping Ryan Church to fourth-outfielder duties. Sledge, who is batting .286 with one home run, seven RBI and two stolen bases in 11 games this season, will start in left field, while Brad Wilkerson will slide over to center.
Endy Chavez was slated to serve as the Nationals' starting center fielder this season, but was optioned to the minors late in spring training. Since that time, Church has been manning the position, but has struggled at the plate, opening the door for Sledge.
Gonzalez, stuck in a 1-for-12 rut, was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma Wednesday by the Texas Rangers. Serving mostly as the Rangers' designated hitter, the 22-year-old lefthanded hitter batted just .194 (7-for-36), though he collected two doubles, two homers, four runs scored and four RBI in nine games.
The Rangers have recalled outfielder Laynce Nix to replace Gonzalez on the 25-man roster.
Roberts was activated from the 15-day disabled list by the San Diego Padres in time for Monday's game against the San Francisco Giants. The outfielder, who missed the first two weeks of the season with a nagging groin injury, started in center and batted leadoff, going 2-for-4 with a walk and run scored.
With Roberts back in action, Xavier Nady will move to a backup role for the Padres. Roberts split last season between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox, batting a combined .254 with four home runs, 35 RBI and 38 stolen bases in 319 at-bats.
As anticipated, Greene has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the San Diego Padres, due to a broken right ring finger. The shortstop suffered the injury when he tried to knock down an errant throw from catcher Ramon Hernandez on a stolen-base attempt in the first inning of Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. X-rays revealed the fracture, and Padres manager Bruce Bochy said Greene will miss roughly a month.
Outfielder Dave Roberts was activated to fill the void on the active roster. The Padres will look to Geoff Blum and Jesse Garcia to handle the shortstop duties until Greene is able to return. For the season, Greene is batting .242 with five RBI in 10 games.
With Khalil Greene expected to miss a month with a broken right ring finger, Blum is expected to see the majority of the starts at shortstop for the San Diego Padres. The veteran infielder, who is batting .286 with two home runs in 10 games this season, will split time with Jesse Garcia.
Blum can bat anywhere in the lineup, and since he is a switch-hitter, he supplies the Padres with some versatility. He's the better offensive option between the two potential subs.
Greene fractured the ring finger on his right hand in San Diego's loss to the Dodgers on Saturday. The Padres' shortstop suffered the injury when he tried to knock down an errant throw from catcher Ramon Hernandez on a stolen-base attempt in the first inning. X-rays revealed the fracture, and Padres manager Bruce Bochy said Greene will miss roughly a month.
It's the second straight season that Greene has broken a finger on his right hand at Dodger Stadium. As a rookie last September, Greene fractured his right index finger fielding a grounder.
After having his minor league rehab assignment delayed for a few days as a precautionary measure, Roberts will join Single-A Lake Elsinore on Friday and play in the team's three games over the weekend. If the Padres' outfielder reports no problems with his troublesome groin, he hopes to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Monday.
The Padres want Roberts to be 100 percent before throwing him back in the lineup. Once healthy, he is expected to start in center field and serve as the Padres' leadoff man. Until that time Xavier Nady will remain in the position for San Diego. Roberts split last season between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox, batting a combined .254 with four home runs, 35 RBI and 38 stolen bases in 319 at-bats.
Park worked 6.2 innings, allowed three earned runs and struck out five en route to his first win of the 2005 season. His "W" in the Rangers' ninth game of the season also marked the first win by a Texas starter.
Park earned just his 15th win in three-plus seasons with Texas. Perhaps the Rangers will get some 2005 payoff on that five-year, $65 million contract they gave Park before the 2002 campaign. The 31-year-old righthander enjoyed a solid spring training and has a 4.38 ERA in two regular-season starts.
Blum lead off the first game of Wednesday's double header against the Chicago Cubs with a home run batting lefthanded against Kerry Wood. The Padres' infielder went deep again in the top of the ninth, this time from the right side facing reliever Cliff Bartosh. He now has homered from both sides of the plate in the same game three different times in his major league career.
Blum got the starting nod in place of Sean Burroughs, who handled the hot-corner duties in the second game of the day. In seven games this season, Blum is 4-for-12 with two homers and two RBI.
Further testing on Walker's left knee has confirmed the original diagnosis of a moderate to severe sprain of the medial collateral ligament, an injury suffered when Milwaukee's Carlos Lee slid into him on a play at second base late in Sunday's game against the Brewers. The Cubs' second baseman, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday, will not need surgery, but he is expected to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks.
With Walker unavailable, the Cubs will turn to Jerry Hairston to fill the void at second base. Jose Macias, Neifi Perez and Mike Fontenot, who was recalled to take Walker's roster spot, also could see some time at the position. Through six games this season, Walker is batting .381 with two doubles, three RBI and a stolen base.
Walker has been diagnosed with a moderate to severe sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee, an injury suffered when Milwaukee's Carlos Lee slid into him on a play at second base late in Sunday's game against the Brewers. The Cubs have placed the veteran infielder on the 15-day disabled list and currently do not have a timetable for his return. Walker will undergo more tests over the next couple of days to determine how long he might be sidelined.
With Walker unavailable, the Cubs will turn to Jerry Hairston to fill the void at second base. Jose Macias, Neifi Perez and Mike Fontenot, who was recalled to take Walker's roster spot, also could see some time at the position. Through six games this season, Walker is batting .381 with two doubles, three RBI and a stolen base.
Roberts will report to Class-A Lake Elsinore this week to begin a minor league rehab assignment, as he continues to recover from a strained groin. If no problems are reported over the next several days, the outfielder hopes to be activated from the 15-day disabled list in time to join the Padres' lineup for their weekend series with the Los Angeles Dodgers or when the team returns home for next Monday's matchup with the San Francisco Giants.
Roberts will be evaluated on a daily basis, and the Padres want him to be 100 percent before throwing him back in the lineup. Once healthy, Roberts is expected to start in center field and serve as the Padres' leadoff man. Until that time Xavier Nady will remain in center for San Diego. Roberts split last season between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox, batting a combined .254 with four home runs, 35 RBI and 38 stolen bases in 319 at-bats.
The Mets placed Cameron on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with tendinitis in his left wrist. Cameron had surgery in December to repair damaged cartilage in the same wrist, and had tried hitting off a tee earlier in the week, however, the Mets' front office felt that it would be best if they let him rest. The team recalled Aaron Heilman from Triple-A Norfolk to take Cameron's spot on the active roster.
When Cameron recovers, he should retain his starting spot in right field.
Roberts continues to recover from the strained groin that currently has him on the 15-day disabled list, and he has expanded his workouts to include some light jogging. He will continue to increase his baseball activities over the next several days, and barring any setbacks, might be ready for a minor league rehab assignment next week. Xavier Nady will continue to start in Roberts' absence.
Once healthy, Roberts is expected to start in center field and serve as the Padres' leadoff man. He will have the green light to steal, according to general manager Kevin Towers. Roberts split last season between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox, batting a combined .254 with four home runs, 35 RBI and 38 stolen bases in 319 at-bats.
Peavy, who was limited by a minor groin strain in spring training, showed no lasting effects from the injury in Thursday's home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates, allowing just four hits in 6.2 shutout innings. The Padres' righthander, who turns just 24 late next month, struck out 10 and walked two, but did not figure into the decision.
Last season, Peavy went 15-6 with a league-leading 2.27 ERA in 27 starts. He finished the year with 173 strikeouts and 53 walks in 166.1 innings of work.
Cameron did some hitting off a tee on Wednesday, but was absent from the Mets' lineup for the second consecutive game. The outfielder, who is battling tendinitis in his surgically repaired left wrist, received a cortisone shot last weekend to help with the discomfort, but has yet to feel comfortable to take the field with the team. He is not expected to play on Thursday and continues to be listed as day-to-day.
Both Cameron and manager Willie Randolph indicated that the outfielder won't return to action until the wrist is at or close to 100 percent. Until that time, Victor Diaz and Eric Valent are expected to split time in right field for New York. Cameron batted .231 with 30 home runs, 76 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 140 games in 2004.
Giles has taken a liking to Coors Field. After going 1-for-3 with a homer and three RBI in Monday's season opener against the Colorado Rockies, the Padres' outfielder topped the performance by notching a double, home run, two walks and five RBI in four at-bats during Wednesday's 14-6 victory.
Giles is taking advantage of the Padres' road games, as homers in PETCO Park are hard to come by. In 159 games last season, he batted .284 with 23 home runs, 94 RBI and 10 stolen bases.
Hoffman blew a save and took the loss in Monday's Opening Day defeat against the Colorado Rockies. The Padres' veteran closer worked two-thirds of an inning, allowing four runs on four hits, including a two-run walk-off homer by rookie Clint Barmes.
Hoffman should be able to bounce back from Monday's performance. In 55 relief appearances last season, he went 3-3 with a 2.30 ERA and 41 saves, striking out 53 batters and walking just eight in 54.2 innings.
Cameron will be a game-time decision for Monday's season opener against the Cincinnati Reds. The Mets' outfielder received a cortisone shot on Saturday to help with the tendinitis in his surgically repaired left wrist and was listed as day-to-day. If he is unable to go, Eric Valent will get the nod for the Mets.
The tendinitis is reportedly unrelated to the surgery he had on this same wrist back in December, but the Mets might decide to hold Cameron out for a couple of days as a precautionary measure. To make room for free-agent acquisition Carlos Beltran, Cameron will move from center field to right this season. He batted .231 with 30 home runs, 76 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 140 games in 2004.
The New York Mets decided to give Cameron the day off on Monday, starting Eric Valent in right field in his stead. The veteran outfielder received a cortisone shot on Saturday to help with the tendinitis in his surgically repaired left wrist and continues to be listed as day-to-day. The tendinitis is reportedly unrelated to the surgery he had on this same wrist back in December.
Cameron should make his season debut within the next few days. He batted .231 with 30 home runs, 76 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 140 games in 2004.
The groin injury that has hobbled Roberts for more than two weeks has landed him on the 15-day disabled list to begin the 2005 regular season. The Padres' outfielder, who will be replaced in center by Xavier Nady, hopes to be back within the next couple of weeks.
The Padres are hoping for big things out of Roberts this season, especially when it comes to stolen bases. General manager Kevin Towers has mentioned that he would not be surprised if Roberts finishes the 2005 campaign with about 60 steals. However, that might be difficult if the groin problem lingers. Roberts split last season between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox, batting a combined .254 with four home runs, 35 RBI and 38 stolen bases in 319 at-bats.