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NL West Report

Arizona (13-20, 5th, L1, 9 GB)

Last Week: 0-2 @ Dodgers, 1-1 @ Padres, 1-2 vs Nationals, 0-1 vs Reds

This Week: Finish 2 games of 3 game series vs Reds, 3 game series @ Braves

News: Big news, obviously was the firing of 2007 Manager of the Year Bob Melvin. He was replaced by AJ Hinch, whose contract runs through 2012. Arizona responded by losing three straight 1-run games. Pitching coach Brian Price resigned due to reservations for working for Hinch. The Diamondbacks' season has been especially rough with Brandon Webb injured. Bob Melvin bid a classy farewell to the organization Friday.

Josh Whitesell

#29 / First Base / Arizona Diamondbacks





Apr 14, 1982

Josh Whitesell is finally getting his reward. With Tony Clark on the DL, the D-Backs called up Whitesell to be the starting first baseman, relegating Chad Tracy to the bench. Tracy is hitting just .209 and does not have a hit in May.

Tonight they face former D-Back pitcher Micah Owings for the first time since the Adam Dunn trade. Owings hit a 9th inning, 2-out, game-tying home run against the Cards Sunday.

Arizona Diamondbacks Injuries


Player Injury Type Injury Date
Tom Gordon hamstring 05/04/2009
Yusmeiro Petit shoulder 05/09/2009
Tony Clark other-excused 05/06/2009
Brandon Webb shoulder 04/07/2009

Los Angeles (22-11, 1st, L1)

Last Week: 2-0 vs D-Backs, 1-1 vs Nationals, 1-2 vs Giants. LA was 3-0 last week until news came out of Manny Ramirez' suspension. They promptly lost a home game vs the Nats, blowing a 6-0 by giving up 10 runs in the final 3 innings. That was their first home loss of the season, and they followed it up with their first home series loss vs. the Giants. Coincidence?

This Week: 3 game series @ Phillies, 3 game series @ Marlins. Maybe a change of scenery from Joe Torre's press conference will help the blue.

News: Obviously, the big news is Manny Ramirez taking women's fertility drugs. Or more accurately, his 50-game suspension. His statement:

Recently I saw a physician for a personal health issue. He gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was okay to give me. Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy. Under the policy that mistake is now my responsibility. I have been advised not to say anything more for now. I do want to say one other thing; I've taken and passed about 15 drug tests over the past five seasons.

Manny Ramirez

#99 / Left Field / Los Angeles Dodgers





May 30, 1972

The suspension frees up payroll, but since the contract is deferred, the Dodgers will save $2.7million this year, and $1.37million the following three. LA may choose to invest that money in more pitching. No need to go into this more...except to point out they are 1-3 without Manny so far, all four games at home after going 13-0 to start the year at Dodgers Stadium.

Juan Pierre now gets the chance he wanted to start, though Joe Torre has hit him 9th.

Los Angeles Dodgers Injuries


Player Injury Type Injury Date
Hong-Chih Kuo elbow 04/30/2009
Jason Schmidt shoulder 03/30/2009
Hiroki Kuroda oblique 04/07/2009

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Doug Mientkiewicz shoulder 04/17/2009
Claudio Vargas elbow 04/05/2009

San Diego (13-19, t-3rd, L3, 8.5 GB)

Last Week: 1-1 vs Rockies, 1-1 vs D-Backs, 0-3 @ Astros. San Diego has lost 4 of 5 and 10 of 12.

This Week: 3 game series @ Cubs, 3 game series vs Reds. Jake Peavy pitches twice this week, so GM Kevin Towers has the opportunity to see his ace's trade value go up.

News: Cha Seung Baek re-injured his elbow in a rehab start Sunday.

Cha Seung Baek

#53 / Pitcher / San Diego Padres





May 29, 1980

The Pads recalled OF Drew Macias from AAA and optioned LHP Arturo Lopez. Lopez made his MLB debut against the Rockies last week and failed to retire any of the four hitters he faced.

An interesting and terrifying thought: with the money saved from Manny Ramirez' suspension, can the Dodgers now afford to trade for Jake Peavy?

San Diego Padres Injuries


Player Injury Type Injury Date
David Eckstein ribs 05/12/2009


Player Injury Type Injury Date
Shawn Hill elbow 04/26/2009
Walter Silva forearm 04/14/2009

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Mark Worrell elbow 03/27/2009
Mike Adams shoulder 03/27/2009
Everth Cabrera hand 04/20/2009

San Francisco (17-14, 2nd, W2, 4 GB)

Last Week: 1-1 @ Cubs, 1-1 @ Rockies, 2-1 @ Dodgers, 1-0 vs Nationals. The Giants pulled out an above .500 week despite being on the road the whole time, including going to Dodger Stadium. Frisco is 4-1 since the Manny suspension. Hmm...

This Week: Finish two game of a 3 game series vs Nationals, 4 game series vs. Mets. A nice reward of being home after a strong week last week.

News: With Buster Posey on the fast track to the big leagues, the Giants may not feel inclined to re-sign Bengie Molina this offseason.

Buster Posey

#28 / Catcher / San Francisco Giants





Mar 27, 1987

3B Pablo Sandoval can also play third base. Molina talks about his future with Andrew Baggarly. Posey could be playing games at AT&T park as early as next season, even though his has yet to play at AA.

McCovey Chronicles was giddy at the Giants' chances to catch the Dodgers after Manny's suspension, and after disposing of them on the road over the weekend, they should be.

Eric Seidman at FanGraphs discusses Barry Zito's success this season.

If the popup rate regresses towards the levels of the last two seasons, though, do not expect this success to continue.

Still, he notes "there is no reason he could not be one of the best fourth starters in baseball." If only that's what Brian Sabean was paying him for.

San Francisco Giants Injuries


Player Injury Type Injury Date
Noah Lowry shoulder 03/27/2009
Andres Torres hamstring 04/28/2009
Sergio Romo elbow 03/27/2009
Joe Martinez concussion 04/10/2009