Angels pitcher Joel Pineiro to be sidelined 6-8 weeksThe best-case scenario has him ready for spring training or missing a month or two of next season. If the doctor finds something serious that needs repair, Meche will miss more time.
In two minor-league starts, Meche changed his pitching mechanics to compensate for the pain. The motion of bringing his arm upward, into the cocked position, from being extended down during his windup hurt.
“I can’t get through that zone,” Meche said. “I can’t get to that point unless I short-arm it. It’s just not a good feel. I can’t keep pushing it.”
Meche went on the disabled list following a May 25 start against Texas because of what club officials then diagnosed as bursitis. He is signed through 2011.
The team announced during the eighth inning of Wednesday's game that right-hander Joel Pineiro, scratched because of a left oblique strain suffered in pregame warmups, will be sidelined for six to eight weeks.
An MRI test during the game confirmed doctors' initial diagnosis of Pineiro, who is 10-7 with a 4.18 earned-run average and has been one of the team's most consistent and effective starters since early June.
Pimentel, 22, is 9-3 with a 3.49 ERA in 17 games, including 16 starts, at Class A Great Lakes. He was the Midwest League pitcher of the month in June after going 4-0 with an 0.39 ERA. The Royals assigned him to Class A Burlington.The Midwest League has a Pitcher of the Month Award? Really? Plus, it's nice of the Royals to make a trade to help the Bees down the stretch.
Soto, 19, started 16 games with low Class A West Michigan this season, posting a 6-6 record and 2.61 ERA. He had 76 strikeouts in 82 2/3 innings. He was drafted in 2009 in the 21st round.I did not see anything about him heading to Lake County. But, that will be interesting, too.
Giovanni Soto won't soon forget what happened to him Wednesday at Classic Park.Video at the link.
At 4:30 p.m., Soto arrived at the ballpark as a member of the West Michigan Whitecaps. A little more than one month ago, the 19-year-old left-handed pitcher had represented the Whitecaps in the Midwest League All-Star game.
West Michigan was in town to play the opener of a scheduled three-game series against the Captains.
Shortly before 6 p.m., Soto was called into the office of West Michigan manager Joe DePastino.
DePastino told Soto the Whitecaps' parent team, the Detroit Tigers, had just traded him to Cleveland for third baseman Jhonny Peralta and cash.
"I've never seen anything like this," DePastino said of Soto getting traded but not having to leave the premises to join his new team.
In a matter of minutes, Soto was bidding farewell to his former teammates and making the short journey down the hallway that leads to the Lake County clubhouse.
On July 29, the BC Lions played the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Part of the local appeal was the presence on three former University of Iowa stars, Kenny Ploen and Ray Jauch of the Blue Bombers, and Willie Fleming of the BC Lions.See. Perfectly normal. I believe that that game would have been played at Kingston Stadium. In 1960, Kingston Stadium and Veterans Memorial Stadium were separated by only a few feet and the parking lot probably would not be able to accommodate both games...Or, more likely, the folks from the Braves thought they couldn't compete with those former Hawkeyes.
[T]he crowd of 1,441 pushed the Foxes' season attendance to 55,069, or 788 better than all of last season, when the team drew 54,281. The Foxes still have 14 home dates this season and have a chance to top 73,000 which would be the largest total at Goodland Field since the 1978 Midwest League champions brought in 94,730 fans.The Foxes loss dropped their record to 65-37. Their lead in the Northern Division of the Midwest League over Kenosha is 14 games.
Several members of the 1984 championship team are having good seasons with Glens Falls of the Class AA Eastern League. Mike Soper is hitting .297 with a league-leading 109 hits, Russ Morman is at .294 with 15 homers and 66 RBIs and Tom Moritz is at .268. Pitcher Jim Hickey (5-4) has thrown complete games in his last 2 starts, a 1-hitter and a 5-hitter.
Ken Williams, who was with the Foxes in 1983 and part of 1984, is hitting .270 and has scored 69 runs, tops in the league.
Leo Garcia, a popular Foxes player in the 1982 championship year, is batting .278 with 2 homers for Denver, Cincinnati's AAA affiliate.