Saturday, September 18, 2010

Saturday Sidebars

-- Garrett Jones injured his shoulder diving for a ball, and will be out of action until Tuesday at best. He doesn't believe it needs surgery, just rest.

-- Add Lastings Milledge to the injury list. He strained a muscle, possibly an oblique, in NY and may be out for the rest of the year. Guess that explains his sudden drop off the Pirate planet. He said he's planning on playing winter ball this offseason. Good idea, we think.

-- James McDonald's string of 17 straight scoreless innings is the longest such stretch since Zach Duke tossed 22 straight scoreless innings in July of 2005.

-- Ken Rosenthal in his Full Count Fox Sports vid says that MLB execs expect the team to make changes, and not just between the lines. JR and Neil Huntington are on the hot seat, with Russell's feet being closer to the fire.

-- The Dodgers have traded Octavio Dotel to the Rockies for a PTBNL. So in effect they gave us J-Mac and Andrew Lambo for six weeks of Dotel. And you think our FO is out of it?

-- In Jim Callis' Baseball America chat feature, he said that he expects the Pirates to select the most talented ball player - Anthony Rendon - in the 2011 draft, and that their farm system, even with the extra emphasis of the past three years, is still just "middle of the pack."

-- Cole White, who the Pirates drafted from the USMA in 2008 and then lost when West Point changed its release policy, is the feature of a Baseball America article that's behind a subscriber wall.

-- The Pirates quietly released LHP Neal Cotts this week, after activating him from the DL. They signed him this winter after TJ surgery, expecting him to be ready in August.

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