Because how can you not love a baseball player named "Bubba"?
The Reds have no closer, and it's cost them. But they may have come up with an answer. Today, they announced that the much-maligned Rheal Cormier has been DFA'd, and Brad Salmon called up from Louisville. Salmon, a hard thrower, might be a closer candidate.
They also announced that one of the PTBNLs they are getting from Oakland for Denorfia is Marcus McBeth. A surprisingly valuable player for this deal, IMO. McBeth is expected to be a closer. But Oakland already has Huston Street, who is three years younger. So they don't really need McBeth. Similarly, the Reds don't really need Denorfia, with Hamilton and Hopper on the roster. This sounds like a good move for all parties involved, including the players.
McBeth is expected to report to the Bats tomorrow. No roster move needed, since Salmon has been called up to the big club.
I guess Bubba's still on the DL. The Bats are playing a doubleheader in Syracuse today, and Bubba is not in the lineup of either game.
The Yanks' nightmare week continues. The first batter Karstens faced hit a comebacker that hit him in the knee. He wasn't seriously hurt, but they didn't want to take any chances, and pulled him. So Igawa, relegated to the pen, suddenly became a starter again today.
However...he's doing very well, surprisingly. (Knock on wood.) Maybe this will turn out to be a blessing in disguise.
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