Sunday, April 19, 2009

Cabrera injures hand. Out two months.

Sunday April 19, 2009

Everth Cabrera injured his hand in an at bat in the to of the 6th inning today and is lost for at least 2 months according to the San Diego Union Tribune.

The Padres recently waived Travis Denker and Matt Antonelli is still on the DL so the Padres options at middle infield are extremely limited.

Will they call up Sean Kazmar or Craig Stansberry from AAA or Jesus Lopez or Eric Sogard from AA to fill Cabrera's slot on the bench?

Update Monday April 20, 2009
Everth Cabrera returned to San Diego for surgery on the broken hamate bone in his hand and was placed on the 60 day DL. Don't expect to see him back in a Padres uniform before Late July or early August.

Cabrera is eligible to return to the active roster on June 20th, but will probably not be activated from the DL until after the All Star break given that he can spend a maximum of 20 days on a rehab assignment in the minor leagues.

Padres lose on a walk off home run by Ibanez

Sunday April 19, 2009

The Padres lost today 5-4 against the Philadelphia Phillies in pretty much the same way they have been winning on this road trip. The other team fought back from an early deficit to win late.

The Phillies got down 4-0 early and just kept chipping away. Utley hit a 2 run shot in the 6th after a Luis Rodriguez error to make it 4-2 Padres. The Phillies got another run back on a lead off home run by Jimmy Rollins in the 8th and in the 9th Ryan Howard hit a bloop single to center and Raul Ibanez followed with a blast to RF off the Padres Edwin Moreno.

Moreno was pitching in the save opportunity for the Padres because Heath Bell had pitched and saved the previous 3 games.

That is why you can never take a lead for granted regardless of the size, big or small.

It is also why Bud Black did exactly the right thing bringing in Heath Bell with a 3 run lead last night even though he had pitched the 2 previous games.

One of the oldest tenets in sports is to take care of today's game and get the win now. Let tomorrow take care of itself.

The Padres are still 2-1 on the road against the defending World Series Champion Phillies and 4-2 on this east coast swing to the 2 highest rated teams in the NL to start the season.

The Padres at 9-4 are only a game behind the Dodgers who have been red hot at home.

Why the Nationals are a losing organization

Sunday April 19, 2009

Have you ever wondered why the Nationals are such losers?

Their actions today may explain it better than any diatribe on the mistakes of their front office, the types of players they sign and the horrible record in drafting good players.

Today the nationals benched and fined a player for being 5 minutes late to a game. Benching and fining a player for being 5 minutes late is bad enough, but when you learn that he was at a charity event for Little League baseball, it stretches into the absurd.


It was a charity event! Cut the kid some slack.

Manny Acta said the following in an interview with the Washington Post;
"He was late for work, he broke a team rule, and we are going to change the culture here — regardless of how well a guy is playing," Acta said. "And it was a bizarre situation, because he was doing something that we encourage our players to do: He was out in the community doing something for some Little League program and just showed up late to work. He was very remorseful about it. He felt bad, but we have to lay the law on whoever."

And you wonder why these players won't play hard for you? DUH!

And forget about them ever doing any charity work again.

Until the FO is purged and Manny Acta is gone expect the Nationals to lose 100 games year in and year out regardless of what free agents they sign.

The bottom line reason is they reward the wrong things.