Brian Rudd

After throwing a successful simulated game and bullpen session over the weekend, Jered Weaver is set to return from the disabled list June 20. Meanwhile, Evan Longoria's expected return will be pushed back after he aggravated his hamstring injury on his rehab assignment.
Jun 19 2012 11:05pm
Carlos Lee comes off DL on the first day he's eligible to do so. Also, Brandon Beachy lands on DL with elbow soreness, Matt Capps dealing with sore shoulder, and more...
Jun 17 2012 11:05pm
Brandon McCarthy, who was scheduled to start at Coors Field June 13, has been scratched from that start and sent back to Oakland for an MRI. He has made just two starts since returning from a stint on the disabled list, but the shoulder soreness that landed him there has apparently returned. Also, Brian Roberts makes season debut, Melky Cabrera returns to action, and more...
Jun 12 2012 11:05pm
Huston Street (RHP, SD), who has missed the past month due to a lat strain, was activated from the disabled list, and should immediately return to the closer role. He has posted a triple-digit BPV each of the past three seasons, and was off to a strong start this year as well. Prior to suffering the injury, Street appeared in 10 games, collecting four saves, with a 0.93 ERA and 6.5 Cmd.
Jun 5 2012 11:05pm
Kevin Youkilis (3B, BOS) was activated from the disabled list, got the start at first base, and homered in his first game back. Following a disappointing, injury-plagued 2011 season, he was off to a very slow start before hurting his back. In a small sample of 64 at-bats, Youkilis had seen his contact rate dip to 69% and his walk rate to 7%, and his uncharacteristically low 0.25 Eye had led to a .219 batting average. He was also lacking in the power department, as with a 20% fly ball rate, he had just a 91 PX and two home runs.
May 22 2012 11:05pm
Rafael Soriano (RHP, NYY) successfully converted a save opportunity May 10, when David Robertson (RHP, NYY) was unavailable after pitching the previous two days. Robertson was still expected to get the next opportunity, but Soriano got the call in the ninth on May 14, and again got the job done. As it turns out, Robertson was unavailable then as well, due to a strained oblique that is expected to sideline him for about three weeks. Those who have stashed Soriano away could be rewarded, as he is in line for saves now, and there's no guarantee Robertson reclaims the job when healthy.
May 15 2012 11:05pm
The San Diego bullpen in its current state (Street on the DL) was profiled just a few days ago, but there is another member of the pen that could surprisingly play a prominent role. Manager Bud Black indicated over the weekend that any of Andrew Cashner, Luke Gregerson, or Dale Thayer could be used to close out games. On May 6, Gregerson pitched the seventh inning of a tie game, and Cashner the eighth, meaning neither were going to be called upon to get the save. The next day, when a save situation presented itself, Thayer got the call, and preserved the victory with a perfect inning.
May 8 2012 11:05pm
Evan Longoria (3B, TAM) has been diagnosed with a partial tear of his left hamstring, and is expected to miss the next six to eight weeks. There is no clear cut replacement for him at the present time, but Elliot Johnson (SS, TAM) got the first start at third base in his absence. With a .566 career OPS in 201 at-bats, he is a significant drop-off from Longoria, and very unlikely to grab a full-time role, even temporarily. Another option would involve Sean Rodriguez (SS, TAM) sliding over there, with the recently recalled Will Rhymes (2B, TAM) plenty of the work at shortstop.
May 1 2012 11:05pm
[FREE] After leaving the April 23 game following a collision with the outfield wall, Jason Bay (OF, NYM) has landed on the disabled list with a non-displaced rib fracture. Also, after a fourth straight rough start, Jair Jurrjens (RHP, ATL) was demoted to Triple-A, which means Randall Delgado (RHP, ATL) will remain in the rotation when Tim Hudson returns.
Apr 24 2012 11:05pm
After spending Opening Day on the bench, Juan Pierre (OF, PHI) has since started five of the six games in which the Phillies have faced a right-handed starting pitcher. Just two years ago, Pierre swiped 68 bases and had an SBO of 43%, though those numbers dipped dramatically last year. He was successful on just 27 of his 44 stolen base attempts (61%), and had a 27% SBO. It's unrealistic to expect a full rebound for Pierre, now 34 years old, but he could still be a strong speed source, and has already stolen two bases this year.
Apr 17 2012 11:05pm
David Wright was initially listed in the April 10 lineup, but was later scratched due to a swollen pinkie. Results of the x-rays aren't yet known, but the swollen finger is currently making it difficult for him to swing the bat. Ronny Cedeno, who had made just three previous starts at third base in his career, took Wright's spot in the lineup, and would be among the candidates to see increased playing time should Wright miss any additional time.
Apr 10 2012 11:05pm
After throwing a successful simulated game and bullpen session over the weekend, Jered Weaver is set to return from the disabled list June 20. Meanwhile, Evan Longoria's expected return will be pushed back after he aggravated his hamstring injury on his rehab assignment.
Jun 19 2012 11:05pm
Carlos Lee comes off DL on the first day he's eligible to do so. Also, Brandon Beachy lands on DL with elbow soreness, Matt Capps dealing with sore shoulder, and more...
Jun 17 2012 11:05pm
Brandon McCarthy, who was scheduled to start at Coors Field June 13, has been scratched from that start and sent back to Oakland for an MRI. He has made just two starts since returning from a stint on the disabled list, but the shoulder soreness that landed him there has apparently returned. Also, Brian Roberts makes season debut, Melky Cabrera returns to action, and more...
Jun 12 2012 11:05pm
Huston Street (RHP, SD), who has missed the past month due to a lat strain, was activated from the disabled list, and should immediately return to the closer role. He has posted a triple-digit BPV each of the past three seasons, and was off to a strong start this year as well. Prior to suffering the injury, Street appeared in 10 games, collecting four saves, with a 0.93 ERA and 6.5 Cmd.
Jun 5 2012 11:05pm
Kevin Youkilis (3B, BOS) was activated from the disabled list, got the start at first base, and homered in his first game back. Following a disappointing, injury-plagued 2011 season, he was off to a very slow start before hurting his back. In a small sample of 64 at-bats, Youkilis had seen his contact rate dip to 69% and his walk rate to 7%, and his uncharacteristically low 0.25 Eye had led to a .219 batting average. He was also lacking in the power department, as with a 20% fly ball rate, he had just a 91 PX and two home runs.
May 22 2012 11:05pm
Rafael Soriano (RHP, NYY) successfully converted a save opportunity May 10, when David Robertson (RHP, NYY) was unavailable after pitching the previous two days. Robertson was still expected to get the next opportunity, but Soriano got the call in the ninth on May 14, and again got the job done. As it turns out, Robertson was unavailable then as well, due to a strained oblique that is expected to sideline him for about three weeks. Those who have stashed Soriano away could be rewarded, as he is in line for saves now, and there's no guarantee Robertson reclaims the job when healthy.
May 15 2012 11:05pm
The San Diego bullpen in its current state (Street on the DL) was profiled just a few days ago, but there is another member of the pen that could surprisingly play a prominent role. Manager Bud Black indicated over the weekend that any of Andrew Cashner, Luke Gregerson, or Dale Thayer could be used to close out games. On May 6, Gregerson pitched the seventh inning of a tie game, and Cashner the eighth, meaning neither were going to be called upon to get the save. The next day, when a save situation presented itself, Thayer got the call, and preserved the victory with a perfect inning.
May 8 2012 11:05pm
Evan Longoria (3B, TAM) has been diagnosed with a partial tear of his left hamstring, and is expected to miss the next six to eight weeks. There is no clear cut replacement for him at the present time, but Elliot Johnson (SS, TAM) got the first start at third base in his absence. With a .566 career OPS in 201 at-bats, he is a significant drop-off from Longoria, and very unlikely to grab a full-time role, even temporarily. Another option would involve Sean Rodriguez (SS, TAM) sliding over there, with the recently recalled Will Rhymes (2B, TAM) plenty of the work at shortstop.
May 1 2012 11:05pm
[FREE] After leaving the April 23 game following a collision with the outfield wall, Jason Bay (OF, NYM) has landed on the disabled list with a non-displaced rib fracture. Also, after a fourth straight rough start, Jair Jurrjens (RHP, ATL) was demoted to Triple-A, which means Randall Delgado (RHP, ATL) will remain in the rotation when Tim Hudson returns.
Apr 24 2012 11:05pm
After spending Opening Day on the bench, Juan Pierre (OF, PHI) has since started five of the six games in which the Phillies have faced a right-handed starting pitcher. Just two years ago, Pierre swiped 68 bases and had an SBO of 43%, though those numbers dipped dramatically last year. He was successful on just 27 of his 44 stolen base attempts (61%), and had a 27% SBO. It's unrealistic to expect a full rebound for Pierre, now 34 years old, but he could still be a strong speed source, and has already stolen two bases this year.
Apr 17 2012 11:05pm
David Wright was initially listed in the April 10 lineup, but was later scratched due to a swollen pinkie. Results of the x-rays aren't yet known, but the swollen finger is currently making it difficult for him to swing the bat. Ronny Cedeno, who had made just three previous starts at third base in his career, took Wright's spot in the lineup, and would be among the candidates to see increased playing time should Wright miss any additional time.
Apr 10 2012 11:05pm

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