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News of the Day – 8/28/09
Posted By Diane Firstman On August 28, 2009 @ 8:59 am In Diane Firstman,News of the Day | Comments Disabled
I didn’t want the Mets walking wounded to feel lonely, so this past Monday, I apparently broke a bone in the little toe of my left foot (confirmed by x-ray Thursday). So, powered by Advil, ice packs and one of my favorite all-time cartoons, here’s the news:
When the New York Mets and Red Sox worked out a trade for left-handed reliever Billy Wagner earlier this week, Chris Carter, an outfielder-first baseman currently playing for Triple-A Pawtucket, became part of the deal as a player to be named headed to Boston, sources said. In preparation for the deal, the Red Sox placed Carter on waivers, with the intention of moving him on to the Mets.
But the Yankees, sources said, placed a claim on Carter — perhaps to create some 40-man roster discomfort for the Red Sox. In order to complete the Wagner trade, the Red Sox are now pulling Carter back from waivers, and for the rest of the year they must carry him on their 40-man roster.
The Yankees have an interest in veteran right-hander Brad Penny, who was released by the Red Sox late Wednesday night.
According to a person with knowledge of the Yankees’ plans, the club doesn’t know of an agreement between Penny and the Red Sox that he wouldn’t sign with an AL team if they released him.
Penny, who is expected to clear waivers Monday because he has about $1.5 million left in salary and attainable bonuses, might be considered an upgrade over Sergio Mitre in the fifth starter’s spot. After he clears waivers, Penny would cost the club signing him $100,000.
. . . “He’s got good stuff,” Johnny Damon said of Penny, whose fastball touched 97 mph and averaged 91 to 93. “His secondary stuff might need a little tweak but his fastball was electric, it cut and he hit his spots with it. Bring him here, why not? I love the way the guy competes.”
. . . Posada’s left ring finger had been struck with a foul ball, aggravating an injury that first happened about two weeks ago. Now the Yankees have to wonder how much of an impact his fragile finger can have on them as they power toward the postseason.
“It’s not going to go away,” Posada said. “It’s going to stay there until I get some rest.”
If the Yankees have a comfortable enough lead in the American League East in September, they can presumably give Posada a week off. Since rosters will have expanded to 40, the Yankees will have the backups Jose Molina and Francisco Cervelli, up from Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, to handle the catching. Manager Joe Girardi hinted at that possibility.
But Posada said a week off would not make a difference. When he said he needed rest for the finger to heal, he meant that he needed extended rest for the swelling to subside and for the finger to be pain free.
“I don’t think it’s going to heal until the season is over,” Posada said. “The joint is bruised. There’s not much I can do.”
See you Monday.
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URLs in this post:
 muck up: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4427729
 Penny: http://blogs.nypost.com/sports/yankees/archives/2009/08/yankees_have_in.html
 Jorge’s finger: http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/27/posadas-finger-injury-could-stall-yankees/
 late Ted Kennedy: http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090827&content_id=6645650&vkey=news_nyy&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy
 abruptly ended: http://www.theonion.com/content/news_briefs/rare_centuple_play_ends?utm_source=onion_rss_daily
 SABR Trivia Contest: http://www.slideshare.net/sabroffice
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