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Red Reposter - 5/28/09

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  • “We go on the road with some momentum,” Bruce said. “We plan on coming back in first place.”

  • Injury updates: The rain yesterday kept the teams from taking infield and batting practice. Brandon Phillips and Edwin Encarnacion were particularly frustrated by this, as BP was supposed to engage in full pre-game activities and EdE was supposed to take ground balls for the first time since he went on the DL with a chipped bone in his wrist.

    Fay says EdE will take full batting practice in a few days and if all goes well, he will then be sent out for a rehab assignment. So perhaps we'll see him back sometime in mid-June?

    Phillips did take some ground balls from Billy Hatcher early in the afternoon and looked just fine. He should be back tomorrow in Milwaukee. Edinson Volquez threw a full bullpen session and felt great. He'll come off the DL on Monday and start against the Cardinals.
  • Randy in Chattanooga, a friend of RML, had a chance to sit down with Carolina Mudcats lefty Travis Wood the other day after his 7 innings of shutout ball against the Lookouts. He worked out with Cy Young winner and fellow Arkansas native Cliff Lee over the winter. Looks like it has helped him.
  • Danny Herrera is a Pitch F/X Idol. THT takes a look at Pitch F/X and change ups and both Danny Herrera and David Weathers show up.
  • Jeff at Redlegs Rundown asks who you think has been the best of Walt Jocketty's offseason additions so far. He makes the case for Ramon Hernandez and Arthur Rhodes, but Willy Taveras and Laynce Nix could be right up there as well (he also mentions Owings, but he was technically aquired last season). What do you think?
  • NL Central News

    Carlos Zambrano threw a fit after a close call at the plate where Nyjer Morgan apparently slid around his tag for the tying run. Carlos blew a gasket or two, hurling the ball into left field. "I was kind of disappointed," Reed Johnson said. "I thought it was going to go up into the stands. The wind was blowing in today." Zambrano could get suspended for 10 games.

    Pirates closer Matt Capps took a line drive off his pitching elbow a few days ago, but lucky for him it didnt do much damage. He said, "If you'd told me Monday I could pitch by the coming weekend, I'd have said you were nuts."

    Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle is calling for manager Cecil Cooper's head. Clack at CFB points out that Justice was in favor of the contract extension Cooper just received two months ago. Man, it must suck to be a 'stros fan right now.

    The Brewers have scored 12 runs in their last 6 games. Hopefully our pitching can keep it up and keep their hitting down.

    Bernie Miklasz thinks the Cardinals are going to need to make some moves this summer to stay in the race, but he's skeptical that enough will happen.