I don’t know if I’d call it “eating” Wagner’s money.
Wagner’s a guy who’s hurt and they’re contractually obligated to pay him even when he’s hurt.
No-Show, sure… that’s great… but I’m talking such as was done to Andruw Jones, just admitting that you vastly overpaid for a dude and choosing to not throw good money after bad by keeping him on the team, pretending that such a guy can “turn it around”.
Comment posted bySimonson February 28, 2009 at 9:58 am (#933786)
four inches of snow here in K. C.
Comment posted byDepon February 28, 2009 at 10:46 am (#933787)
uhhhhh johan shut down indefinitely.
now i’m worried.
Comment posted byDepon February 28, 2009 at 10:48 am (#933788)
ehhhh maybe that wasnt the right way to word it. here’s the blurb, i’m still concerned but maybe he’ll be ok. not like he’s our staff or anything though la la la
Johan Santana met with GM Omar Minaya and manager Jerry Manuel for 40 minutes this morning about the best way to handle his elbow tightness. The bottom line is that Santana is officially in limbo and his Opening Day start (April 6) could be in jeopardy as well. Here’s the plan for now: Santana will throw a light bullpen session on Sunday to see how the elbow responds, and if he feels OK the following day, he still will need another two or three live BP sessions before he can make a Graperfuit League start. That means if everything goes perfectly — perfectly — he could actually face another team at some point during the week of March 9.
As for the worst-case scenario, Santana throws on Sunday, still feels the elbow and the Mets finally decide to send him back to New York for tests. Santana said minutes ago that the elbow still is tight — he’s been told it’s the triceps tendon behind the elbow — and he is considering the possibility that Opening Day might now be questionable for him.
“We have 162 games,” Santana said. “What we have to accomplish takes 162 games. Everything starts April 6, if it’s going to be me or somebody else. It’s tough to say right now.”
Comment posted bysheadenizenon February 28, 2009 at 10:50 am (#933789)
Wagner’s discomfort began in his forearm, whereas Santana’s discomfort has begun in his triceps area.
So let’s hope that means we’re going down a different path.
Comment posted byDoctorK16on February 28, 2009 at 2:05 pm (#933815)
I pray we’re going down a different path. And triceps tendons are much easier to repair than elbow tendons.
Comment posted byFutureon February 28, 2009 at 2:25 pm (#933816)
I hope some rest will fix the issue.
One thing is certain: our medical staff must be the worst in baseball.
Comment posted bybcusteron February 28, 2009 at 3:18 pm (#933817)
heilman off to a good start: 2 K’s, a weak single & a groundout
Comment posted bybcusteron February 28, 2009 at 3:32 pm (#933818)
4 K’s, 2 groundouts, 1 hit for aaron after 2
Comment posted bybcusteron February 28, 2009 at 3:33 pm (#933819)
15 strikes, no balls
Comment posted bySimonson February 28, 2009 at 3:47 pm (#933820)
he said balls
Comment posted bysheadenizenon February 28, 2009 at 4:04 pm (#933821)
From today’s game against the Tigers. Mets lost 7-2
Jonathon Niese’s first outing of the spring nearly turned into a long afternoon once the first three Tigers hitters all reached base safely against him. He escaped with just one run allowed in that opening inning, but Inge’s second-inning homer put him behind. Bobby Parnell followed with two hitless innings of relief, but walked three Tigers in the process. Two more walks and a wild pitch from Heriberto Ruelas set up the Tigers’ three-run rally.
Comment posted bybcusteron February 28, 2009 at 7:54 pm (#933822)
no geek to offer a word of congratulations to aaron upon his success? man, the keyboards were smoking when aaron performed poorly…
Comment posted byConfusedon February 28, 2009 at 9:46 pm (#933823)
our long national (mets nation that is) nightmare is over. the pepsi ad is finished. i know some of you were worried.
btw, will the green bench be known as the david wright bench? he no longer needs to sit on the Gatorade thingys.
btw, these are some nice pics of inside and outside of citifield. this gut was able to get into the non public areas. i think the visiting clubs have was too many nice things.
i wonder how many flat panels on in the park. i would they have some spares.
i will also hope they get some cleaning ppl out there to clear off some of the dust.
Comment posted byConfusedon February 28, 2009 at 9:57 pm (#933824)
matt cassel was traded to KC for a draft pick?
Comment posted byConfusedon February 28, 2009 at 9:58 pm (#933825)
Cassel trade signifies Pats feel Brady will be OK
By HOWARD ULMAN, AP Sports Writer
3 hours, 33 minutes ago
Return to Original Buzz up!250 votes PrintRelated CoverageCole: No new Cassel deal The New England Patriots sent Matt Cassel to the Kansas City Chiefs and a message to their own fans: don’t worry about Tom Brady’s knee.
One question, though, remained.
How could the Patriots obtain only a second-round draft choice for a solid, young quarterback and a 12-year veteran leader, linebacker Mike Vrabel?
That mystery persisted Saturday after the Patriots announced the trade for the 34th pick in this year’s draft, which the Chiefs earned with a franchise-worst 2-14 record.
Cassel, who hadn’t started the previous seven seasons with Southern California and the Patriots, led New England to an 11-5 record, but no playoff berth, after Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opener—on a hit by Kansas City’s Bernard Pollard, who said it was an “accident.”
Cassel’s steady improvement sent his stock soaring as he entered free agency. So the Patriots put the franchise tag on him, requiring any team that signed him to give them two first-round picks. But that tag would have cost the Patriots $14.65 million if they kept Cassel as insurance if Brady’s health was questionable.
By shipping him out so early, they must be sure that 2007 NFL MVP Brady will be ready for the regular season after undergoing surgery for torn ligaments in his left knee on Oct. 6 and a later operation for an infection in the knee.
On Feb. 18, Brady said his recovery was on schedule for him to be ready for the opener.
“I’m feeling great. I’m feeling really good. Everything is progressing just as I expected,” he said at a charity event.
Cassel and Vrabel join a team being run by new general manager Scott Pioli, who went to the Chiefs in January after serving as vice president of player personnel for the Patriots, the team he joined in 2002.
“I have a long history with both players,” Pioli said. “Mike and Matt are men that I respect both personally and professionally. I look forward to having them as new members of the Chiefs family.”
About a month after joining the Chiefs, Pioli fired coach Herm Edwards and replaced him with Arizona offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick praised Cassel in a statement issued by the club.
“It is very easy to root for guys like Matt Cassel, who do everything the right way and flourish as a result,” he said. “As much as we would have loved to continue working with Matt, we wish him nothing but the best as he takes this next step forward in his career.”
The Chiefs needed help at quarterback after Brodie Croyle and Damon Huard were hurt and Tyler Thigpen, the first player from tiny Coastal Carolina to be drafted by the NFL, struggled as their replacement but did throw for 21 touchdowns and 2,994 yards.
Cassel, meanwhile, finally showed what he could do after waiting behind Heisman Trophy winners Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart at USC and two-time Super Bowl MVP Brady.
The seventh-round draft choice in 2005 took over when Brady was hurt midway through the first quarter of the first game and went on to throw for 3,693 yards and 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while starting 15 games.
Vrabel fills a need for guidance and playing ability in a Kansas City defense that managed just 10 sacks all season and allowed a team-record 54 points to Buffalo. His departure also creates space under the Patriots’ salary cap.
“Mike Vrabel epitomizes everything a coach could seek in a professional football player: toughness, intelligence, play, leadership, versatility and consistency at the highest level,” Belichick said. “Behind the scenes, Mike’s wit and personality is one of the things we have all enjoyed about coming to work every day.”
But the Patriots restocked at linebacker last season with rookies Jerod Mayo, the Associated Press’ defensive player of the year, Gary Guyton, Vince Redd and Shawn Crable. They also have veterans Tedy Bruschi and Adalius Thomas.
The day after their season ended, Vrabel lamented missing the playoffs.
“It’s tough,” he said. “You try to think that it’s a pretty positive ending to a season, a good finish. You finish 11-5 and then you come in here and you realize that you’re cleaning your locker out.”
Cassel, standing nearby, looked to the future.
“This is a satisfying season for me,” he said. “I proved a lot to myself and to a lot of others.”
Comment posted byConfusedon February 28, 2009 at 10:27 pm (#933826)
LAKELAND, Fla. — We spoke to Jerry Manuel before today’s game, and the manager continues to downplay concerns about Johan Santana Johan Santana ’s elbow soreness or availability for Opening Day.
Santana set off alarm bells this morning when he told reporters back in Port St. Lucie that he has triceps tendinitis in his left elbow that could cause him to miss his scheduled Opening Day start April 6 in Cincinnati.
Santana will throw a 30-35 pitch bullpen session tomorrow morning in Port St. Lucie, and the Mets New York Mets ‘ ace said how he feels in the 24 hours after that outing will be crucial to deciding his status for Opening Day.
Manuel, on the other hand, pooh-poohed the severity of Santana’s situation.
“Again, extra, extra, extra cautious,” Manuel said. “Johan pitched a lot for us last year. This is my opportunity to make sure everything is all right. I’m not concerned about March 1, March 8, March 15. I’m concerned about April 6. That’s my concern. I pushed him a little bit last year.”
At the same time, Manuel didn’t deny that Santana could be somewhere other than on the mound April 6.
Asked if Santana starting Opening Day was important, Manuel said: “What we have to understand is that we still want the [same] amount of starts. When we start affecting the amount of starts from the ace, then we have an issue. As long as we’re not affecting that, we’ve got no problem.”
The Mets say they still have no plans to send Santana back to New York for an MRI exam, and Manuel insisted he would not be holding his breath over the next 48 hours.
“Not at all,” Manuel said. “I’m being honest — I’m not concerned at all. That’s because I’m going to be extra, extra, extra cautious. I don’t want to push this. He’s too important to us.”