Baseball 5-15-14 News

Will Colorado deal prized prospect for Samardzija?

Jeff Samardzija, Getty Images
Jeff Samardzija, Getty Images
07:37 AM ET 05.15 | Even the governor wonders. Gov. John Hickenlooper, who loves baseball almost as much as he loves Colorado, has concerns about the Rockies' pitching staff. Hey, don't we all? Now, this is not to suggest Hickenlooper spends more time contemplating the pitching in LoDo than Colorado's economic state, but if the governor wonders whether the Rockieshave enough pitching to make the playoffs, isn't it obvious what our National League team needs to do? Go get a quality starting pitcher. Jump-start the trade conversation about Chicago Cubsright-hander Jeff Samardzija, stuck with zero wins for a lousy team going nowhere, despite his 94 mph fastball and a sterling 1.45 earned run average. Get the deal done, even if it means Colorado must surrender a pitching prospect as prized as Jon Gray.

The Denver Post

CC's knees are headed in the wrong direction

CC Sabathia, Getty Images
CC Sabathia, Getty Images
07:34 AM ET 05.15 | The knee troubles facing CC Sabathia, even after an ounce of good news, are far from over. In fact, they might just be beginning. General manager Brian Cashman confirmed that a second opinion by Dr. James Andrews revealed no tear in the meniscus in Sabathia's right knee, which was surgically repaired following the 2010 season. Sabathia does, however, have what Cashman termed "degenerative changes" in the area, meaning that "some cartilage breakdown is occurring" in the 33-year-old's knee. "His knee stability is fine, so there's no ligament damage or anything like that," Cashman said. "His knee is stable; but he does have some degenerative changes." Sabathia stayed in Birmingham Wednesday night after having his knee drained of fluid earlier in the day.

New York Daily News

Sandoval's simmering, but he may sit

Pablo Sandoval, Getty Images
Pablo Sandoval, Getty Images
07:33 AM ET 05.15 | Pablo Sandoval did a little of everything Wednesday, making two diving plays at third and collecting a pair of hits to raise his average over .200 for the first time since April 1. Sandoval also didn't make it to the end. He exited the game as part of a double-switch in the sixth inning because of a left big toe that flared up in his first at-bat. Giants manager Bruce Bochy was hopeful that Sandoval would start Thursday when the Giants begin a four-game series with the Miami Marlins. But he couldn't say for certain. "He said it was bothering him, and I didn't think it was worth the risk," said Bochy. ... He has hit safely in five consecutive games and he has knocked in a run in two of his last three starts after going 20 games without an RBI.

CSN Bay Area

Harrison may never pitch again

Matt Harrison, Icon Sports
Matt Harrison, Icon Sports
07:33 AM ET 05.15 | This wasn't the news the Rangers wanted to hear. LHP Matt Harrison has a displacement of a verterba in his back, along with significant nerve irritation, and is facing either "living" with the condition or having spinal fusion surgery, from which there is not much data about successful returns to the major leagues. ... [Harrison] underwent two surgeries last year after making just two starts and worked his way back to rejoin the rotation on April 27. He lasted just four starts before the back gave out on him again. And this time, the prognosis is worse. ... He could try to strengthen the back and live with the discomfort, but it remains unclear if that would allow him to pitch again. On Tuesday, his velocity slipped very fast from 86-88 mph to 85-86 in the span of just one inning.

The Dallas Morning News

Fernandez's injury forecasted in March

Jose Fernandez, Icon Sports
Jose Fernandez, Icon Sports

07:32 AM ET 05.15 | A torn ulnar collateral ligament has claimed another victim this season: Jose Fernandez. [Fernandez] will undergo elbow surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, which will keep him off a big league mound for 12 to 18 months. Fernandez's injury was not a complete surprise to Chris O'Leary, who covers a broad range of baseball topics, including pitching mechanics, on his website, ChrisOLeary.com. ... [Wrote O'Leary on March 18:] "Unfortunately for Jose Fernandez and Marlins fans, this picture shows both premature pronation and a resulting timing problem. While this arm action may improve both Jose Fernandez's velocity and his stuff, it will most likely also lead to elbow and shoulder problems." O'Leary writes the issue is the emphasis on velocity.

Palm Beach Post