Eric Gagne is off the DL. He has been there since May 21 with tendinitis in his rotator cuff. He passed a 30 pitch bullpen test and will be active starting tonight. Milwaukee fans sitting in the outfield will want to be sure that they have their gloves with them when Gagne hits the mound. This guy seems to have forgotten how to pitch.
The Braves are in a world of hurt when it comes to starting pitching. Tim Hudson is the only guy in their rotation currently who has more than 10 career wins. I did not make a mistake writing that. Jair Jurrens, Charlie Morton and Jorge Campillo are rookies. Jo-Jo Reyes might as well be one. Injuries have led to this extreme youth movement. It would be a mistake to assume that the team is in trouble because of the youth, but you couldn’t be blamed for doubting the team if the pitchers are going to face a strange situation for a first time. Unfortunately, the public will likely mostly bet the value out of the youngsters.
Though it is being written and talked about too much, the showdown series between the Rays and the Red Sox should be a doozy this week. The previous games between these two has been and odd one – the home team has swept all three series. Tampa plays host in this one. The series starts with a great matchup – the quietly solid Justin Masterson takes the mound for Boston against Tampa’s ace James Shields. To be fair, it’s a bit of a stretch to call Shields the ace right now. He finally got a win against Florida last time out to go to 5-5, but that was his first win since the beginning of May. The team is 4-2 in his last six starts, though, and he is a very talented starter.
I’m thrilled that stupid interleague play is finally over. Not as thrilled as the National League is, though.