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Buster had attempted to flee to Mexico, but instead, he wound up in San Francisco, California

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The Giants called up a prospect on Saturday.  You might have heard about him.  He batted sixth in both games and played first base, pushing the big offseason signee Aubrey Huff to left field.  How did Posey do in those games?  

6-for-9, 2 doubles, 4 RBI.

That's outright impressive, no matter what counterargument you might contrive.  Except.....

Keith Law:  Posey's minor lg OPS was .995; in the big leagues, it's 2.000. I guess the good pitchers are all in AAA...

Nick Piecoro:  @keithlaw: this is the Dbacks pitching staff he's been facing, after all....

I just can't resist a jab at two NL West teams.

 It will be interesting to see how Posey fits into San Francisco's plans.  With Mark DeRosa dealing with wrist issues, the club was able to place Posey at first base and move Aubrey Huff to the outfield (this should be fun to watch). Should DeRosa and Freddy Sanchez remain healthy simultaneously (no guarantee in itself), it could present problems for playing Posey regularly at first.

We have been told all season that he was kept in AAA due to concerns about his defense behind the plate, but his numbers at AAA (.349/.442/.555, .422 wOBA) forced the issue.   Then consider the Giants' offense is abysmal, and the promotion of Posey makes a ton of sense.    Except...

Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News points out that Buster "Posey's Super-2 arbitration status for after the 2012 season is now almost guaranteed."  The kicker - it would have taken just another two weeks or so to avoid the designation.  So...keep your stud bat in the minors for eight weeks, then call him up two weeks early?

Only Brian Sabean...


Team capsules after the jump, natürlich.

NL West Report

Arizona (20-31, 5th, L7, 10.5 GB)

Last Week: 0-6. 0-3 @ Rockies. 0-3 @ Giants.

Divisional Change: Lost four games to first-place San Diego.

This Week: 3 game road series @ Dodgers.  3 game home series vs. Rockies.  

You Should Know:  After losing seven straight, the Diamondbacks hit two digits in the GB column.  Barring a huge comeback equal to the Rockies v. 2009, the DIamondbacks will be stuck in the role of spoilers once again..

News:  Dan Haren has been really good this year in some regards.  He is striking out more than one batter inning and walking very few, yielding a 5.07 K/BB that would obliterate the Rockies' franchise record.   Then again, he has given up 8 home runs in his last two starts, 11 in his past three and 16 for the season, three shy of his first full season with Arizona.

Dan Haren

#15 / Pitcher / Arizona Diamondbacks





Sep 17, 1980

Some may say Haren's huge HR rate is lucky, but I won't buy that.  He has been elevating pitches, and at least 14 of 16 allowed home runs were legitimately struck.  Unfortunately for D-Backs fans, Haren also doesn't seem to have any idea how to fix it.
"I get guys to swing and miss quite a bit...Maybe it's changing my philosophy a little bit and pitching outside the strike zone a little more, nibbling a little more," - Dan Haren
With an $8million raise due to Haren and Edwin Jackson next season, Ken Rosenthal suggests that Haren might actually be traded this trade deadline.  If not Haren, perhaps Jackson.
Just as Rockies fans were feeling at this time last season, Arizona fans are starting to feel like their shortstop has returned.   Exactly one year behind Troy Tulowitzki's timeline, Stephen Drew is starting to hit well following a disappointing season.
Top prospect Jarrod Parker threw 25 pitches last Monday, all fastballs.  It was his first time throwing since Tommy John surgery last fall. 

Transactions:  Called up UT Ryan Roberts.

Injuries:  Placed Tony Abreu on the 15-day DL retroactive to May 24. 

Arizona Diamondbacks Injuries


Player Injury Type Injury Date
Miguel Montero knee 04/11/2010
Tony Abreu wrist 05/24/2010
Kris Benson shoulder 04/29/2010

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Brandon Webb shoulder 03/26/2010
Leo Rosales foot 04/29/2010


Los Angeles (28-22, 2nd, W1, 2 GB)

Last Week: 5-2.  1-2 @ Cubs. 2-1 @ Rockies.  Los Angeles was outscored by just one in Chicago and lost series. The Rockies outscored the Dodgers by 6 over the weekend, but with the help of two one-run wins, LA managed to squeak out a .500 week.

Divisional Change:  Gained 1.0 game on first place San Diego.  Passed San Francisco for second place in the division.

This Week:  3 game home series vs. Diamondbacks.  4 game home series vs. Braves.

You Should Know:  Chad Billingsley has allowed only 5 ER in his past four starts combined, holding opponents to two runs or less in 5 of 6 starts

News:  So apparently the Dodgers could take on payroll this trading deadline.  Additionally, Jayson Stark reports that Roy Oswalt "would be interested in joining the Dodgers."  Makes sense right?  Except Oswalt is being paid $15mil this year and $16mil next season, followed by at least a $2million buyout.  

Cliff Lee

#36 / Pitcher / Seattle Mariners





Aug 30, 1978

The Dodgers did inquire about Oswalt, but Ned Colletti has also made a call about Cliff Lee, who is owed significantly less money.  I'd put the odds at 10 to 1 of such a trade being made at this point.

Andre Ethier finished his rehab assignment Saturday, getting two hits and 3 RBI in Albuquerque.  He'll be activated for the Arizona series.

Vicente Padilla got in trouble with Denver Police at 4AM Saturday morning.  The police were responding to allegations that Padilla had slapped a woman in the face.  The woman mysteriously rescinded her allegations, introduced herself as Padilla's friend, and the book has been officially closed on Padilla's indiscretions.  Poor woman.

As only Eric Stephen can do, Eric Stephen masterfully sums up just how bad LA's fifth starters have been.  

Transactions:   DFAed INF Nick Green and RHP Ramon Ortiz.  Activated SS Rafael Furcal from the 15-day DL.  Called up RHP Justin Miller and LHP Scott Elbert.  Optioned Elbert back to AAA last night, calling up RHP Travis Schlichting.

Injuries:  Vicente Padilla threw a successful bullpen session Saturday, throwing 45 pitches to Xavier Paul and Jamey Carroll.  George Sherrill was placed on the 15-day DL May 25 with a back strain.  

Los Angeles Dodgers Injuries


Player Injury Type Injury Date
Vicente Padilla forearm 04/23/2010
Charlie Haeger foot 05/09/2010
Andre Ethier fingers 05/15/2010
George Sherrill back 05/24/2010

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Brad Ausmus back 04/09/2010
Cory Wade shoulder 03/26/2010


San Diego (30-20, 1st, W2)

Last Week: 4-2.  2-1 vs. Cardinals. 2-1 vs. Nationals.  San Diego allowed just six runs in their four wins, yet 13 in their two losses.

Divisional Change:  Lost one game to second place Los Angeles.  Lead the division for the sixth straight Monday.

This Week:  3 game home series vs. Mets. 3 game road series @ Phillies.  

You Should Know:  San Diego has allowed 13 fewer runs than any Major League Team.

News:  Mike Lee at Fangraphs was able to talk at length with Padres GM Jed Hoyer.  It is a worthwhile read.

Ben Nicholson-Smith at MLBTR points out that David Eckstein is performing very well in his free agent season.

David Eckstein

#22 / Second Base / San Diego Padres





Jan 20, 1975

2010 - David Eckstein 44 181 19 53 13 0 1 12 11 5 4 1 .293 .350 .381
OF Kyle Blanks is working his way back to the big leagues after being put on the disabled list with an elbow injury two weeks ago.
Name the player:  young NL West switch-hitter who has dominated this season from one side of the plate but been an automatic out from the other.  Trick question.  It could be Dexter Fowler, but Chase Headley is also struggling with his RH swing.
Hairston hits game deciding home run in 13th inning.  We thought we'd read that headling the morning of October 2, 2007.  Instead, Colorado came back in epic form and the headline's debut finally came last Wednesday.  Of course this time, it was a walk-off home run and this Hairston was named Jerry.

Transactions:  Optioned Luis Perdomo and RHP Adam Russell to AAA Portland.  Recalled Luis Durango and SS Lance Zawadzki from AAA Portland. Activated RHP Sean Gallagher from 15-day DL.

Injuries:  Placed SS Everth Cabrera on 15-day DL Friday with a strained right hamstring.  Scott Hairston took batting practice May 25 with no issues.  

San Diego Padres Injuries


Player Injury Type Injury Date
Scott Hairston hamstring 05/16/2010
Tim Stauffer appendix 05/10/2010
Kyle Blanks elbow 05/18/2010
Everth Cabrera hamstring 05/24/2010

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Chris Young shoulder 04/07/2010
Matt Antonelli hand 04/30/2010


San Francisco (27-22, 3rd, W4, 2.5 GB)

Last Week: 5-1.  2-1 vs. Nationals.  3-0 vs. Diamondbacks.

Divisional Change:  Gained one game on first place San Diego.

This Week:  3 game home series vs. Rockies.  3 game road series @ Pirates

You Should Know:  Tim Lincecum has allowed 11 ER in his last two starts combined, one at home and one on the road.

News:   Buster Posey wasn't the only move Brian Sabean made last week to improve the offense.  Sabean inked Pat Burrell to a minor league deal last week in hopes The Bat regains his Phillies form, rather than his Rays form of the last two seasons.  Burrell posted a .682 OPS last season and .625 over 84 PA this season but is only 33.  Think of it like a Kazuo Matsui move, except a return to form would vastly improve the team more than Kaz would.

Pat Burrell

#5 / Designated Hitter / Tampa Bay Rays San Francisco Giants





Oct 10, 1976

2010 - Pat Burrell 24 84 9 17 5 0 2 13 10 28 0 0 .202 .292 .333
Ken Rosenthal reports that Burrell can opt out if he isn't promoted soon (perhaps two weeks).  He would be a bench player with no promise of at-bats.
The big news last week was Posey.  The big news this week is the Ace Showdown of Memorial Day, today's matchup of Ubaldo Jimenez and Tim Lincecum.  Except Posey is such a big deal, he casts a shadow over the Ace Showdown as well.
With Tim Lincecum struggling, Bruce Bochy wants his ace to relax.  Anybody have any ideas for Timmy?

Transactions:  Recalled IF Ryan Rohlinger and C/1B Buster Posey from AAA Fresno.  

Injuries:  Jeremy Affeldt injured his hamstring and has not pitched since May 23.  He has not landed on the disabled list and is expected to return to game action soon.  Mark DeRosa tried swinging Saturday with his injured wrist and reported no pain.  Edgar Renteria pulled his hamstring and will be on the DL until mid June at least.  Emmanuel Burriss, who suffered a broken foot very early this season, ran the bases last week for the first time.  

San Francisco Giants Injuries


Player Injury Type Injury Date
Mark DeRosa wrist 05/09/2010
Brandon Medders knee 05/20/2010
Edgar Renteria hamstring 05/26/2010

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Emmanuel Burriss foot 03/26/2010