May 3 2013
Its been reported that Roy Oswalt was waiting for the right offer from a contender to come along and apparently he feels that the Colorado Rockies are that team because he signed a minor league deal with them on Thursday. Given the fact that four of the five Rockies starters have an ERA of 4.00 or higher, it should not take Oswalt long to get back in the majors. This is certainly a low risk, high reward situation for both sides, but of all the teams that Oswalt could have signed with to contend this year, I’m just as surprised as many are that he picked the Rockies and Coors Field to call his home in 2013. However, he’s 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA at Coors Field during his career. Its anyone’s guess what he will do once he joins the Rockies, but after posting a 5.80 ERA with the Rangers last year, fantasy owners need to proceed with caution. He is worth adding in deep NL-Only leagues and mixed leagues.
MLB News & Notes
- Joe Blanton had his best outing of the season for the Angels on Thursday night. He allowed three runs – two earned – eight innings against Baltimore, but Blanton was outdueled by Orioles’ starter Chris Tillman.
- Edward Mujica gave up a run in the ninth inning against the Brewers, but he hung on for his seventh save of the season. Since taking over as the Cardinals closer, Mujica has been excellent and seems locked in as the closer for now.
- Dan Haren allowed one run in eight innings against the Braves Thursday night. This was easily his best outing of the season.
- Ryan Madson was supposed to throw a simulated game two weeks ago, but that plan was scratched after Madson felt tightness in his arm. He recently had a minor procedure to remove scar tissue from his right elbow, which was causing the stiffness. Madson should be able to throw soon and its still a possibility that he will back before the end of May.
- John Axford is no longer the Brewers set up man according to manager Ron Roenicke. It was recently reported that Axford looked to be on his way to getting his closer job back, but after Wednesday’s poor performance that idea has set sail.
- Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) will be activated before today’s Nationals game and Anthony Rendon will be sent back to Double-A Harrisburg to make room for Zimmerman. Rendon batted .240 with one RBI in eight games with the Nationals
- Jered Weaver (elbow) planned to play catch from 120 feet before Thursday’s game. Weaver is not expected back until at least the end of May, but it is good to see him making progress in his rehab.
- Josh Johnson (triceps) was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday. Johnson was expecting to make his scheduled Friday start, but his arm is still too sore. Ricky Romero has rejoined the Blue Jays and will start on Friday against Seattle. Johnson will be eligible to do May 7.
- Kyuji Fujikawa (forearm) threw his second successful bullpen session on Thursday morning. If Fujikawa feels good today Friday with no pain or discomfort, he will likely go to Triple-A Iowa over the weekend to begin making minor league rehab appearances. When he returns to the Cubs, look for Fujikawa to serve the role as a set-up man as Kevin Gregg is the Cubs closer for now.
- Jeremy Affeldt (oblique) threw an inning at extended spring training on Wednesday and felt good. He should be activated today.