- Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports15 hrs ago
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The outbreak of elbow ailments in baseball, some cases of which will end in Tommy John surgery and a year's worth of rehab and Netflix, was in Arizona Diamondbacks' camp a subject of some curiosity. The game has its annual casualties, especially among the bands of ligament that keep pitching staffs together. But two in Oakland, two in Atlanta, another in Kansas City, others scattered, that seemed excessive, maybe because they've clustered so tightly, or because these are names we know on teams we expect to contend..
The news has been better than initially feared in spots. It does not, however, diminish the reality – the gnawing reality – that the elbow has a tendency to go without warning, heartlessly and catastrophically.
"I'm just disappointed," Patrick Corbin said Sunday morning, and just like that the Diamondbacks' left-hander had made the list, and so, too, had the Diamondbacks.
Hours before Corbin would board a flight to Sydney and open the season against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw, an MRI returned with dire news. He'd partially torn his left ulnar collateral ligament, the one Dr. Frank Jobe made famous.Sun, Mar 16Milwaukee5 - 6ArizonaGame Recap
- Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports3 days ago
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – He is the antidote to "absolutely zero excitement," spearhead for globalization of gargoyle mania, and leading man in "The Bachelor: Down Under Edition," a show I just made up but a happening nonetheless.
Give him your tired, your poorly humored, your spunky sheilas. Josh Collmenter is game.
The Arizona Diamondbacks' reliever, he of the 11 o'clock arm slot, new curveball grip, 0.00 spring ERA, and love of bearskin rugs and poetry recitations, assented to a contest loosely titled Win a Date with Josh Collmenter, sponsored by The Daily Telegraph in Sydney, Australia. The Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers arrive there Tuesday morning and open their season at the Sydney Cricket Ground next weekend. In between, Collmenter will conduct his blind date, culled from Twitter and Instagram submissions and chosen by a panel of Diamondbacks.
"I don't take myself too seriously," Collmenter explained. "Luckily – or unluckily, whatever you want to call it – I'm one of the few single guys on the team."
- Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports4 days ago
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – They call it Rule 7.13 or the Posey Rule, and it is the recent amendment to the book every capable manager and umpire knows by heart, and it is that fresh legislation that carried Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero up the first-base line and away from home plate, the area he is designated to protect.
The rule says a catcher may block the plate if he is in possession of the baseball. It says a runner may not alter his course to the plate in order to demolish the catcher. In either case, leading with a shoulder or a forearm or, say, a poleax is forbidden. The gray areas of this – real-world absolutes such as "block the plate," "possession of the baseball" and "alter his course" – are reviewable by umpires through instant replay. They are not challengeable by managers, however.
This is where a fine idea with good intentions gets choppy. That is, in the implementation. In the enforcement. In the clarity.
- Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports6 days ago
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Barry Bonds sat Monday morning on a patio deck at Scottsdale Stadium, in the uniform of the San Francisco Giants, the organization for which he played 15 years and hit 586 of his record 762 (I had to look it up again) home runs, and so began the gentle and seven-day-long public rehabilitation of the man and the former ballplayer Barry Bonds.
- Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports7 days ago
MESA, Ariz. – If it bothers Ryan Braun, he wouldn't show it. He couldn't. Not ever. Anyway, he probably likes it.
So he gets booed, like always, because he's usually the best player on the field, and whether you trust that or not doesn't change the reality of it or, presumably, matter to him in the least. If he's getting booed for the other reason, well, one sounds an awful lot like the other and, besides, it's not as though last summer's drug suspension brought a thunderbolt of insight. About as many folks believed Braun's denial as did his apology, so this has been out there a while.
- Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports8 days ago
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – It was September and Michael Cuddyer, a career .271 hitter until his 13th big-league summer, was going to win a batting title. All he had to do was stay upright. Not give in to it. Stack capable at-bats upon capable at-bats, the way he had for five months, for 500 at-bats before. The Colorado Rockies were in last place again, and that stunk, but the schedule showed more games left, more at-bats left, and he was going to win a batting title if the sky didn't fall, and that was something.
Thing is, the whole experience felt weird to him. It seemed so personal, so slightly imperfect, the chase for batting average points like a beautiful painting well framed and tacked to the wall but gnawingly, almost imperceptibly, crooked. He was a team guy, as much as the game allowed anyway. The team was done. And he was counting hits. Hell, everybody was counting his hits. And that wasn't him.
"It wasn't the best feeling in the world," he recalled.
- Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports9 days ago
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Dr. Frank Jobe labored over the machinery of the human arm, the tendons and ligaments and muscles that make it go. He was innovative and courageous, and so pioneered a practice that put players on the field and kept them there.
But what he traded in was time. Time brought opportunity. Opportunity meant a man was free to make of himself what he could, the limits being the usual maladies of talent and intelligence and effort.
Frank Jobe would fix them up and grant them their primes. Or, re-grant them their primes, those years threatened by small, sinewy and exceptionally problematic bands of tissue that wanted no part of a slider.
In time, a ballplayer could be a ballplayer again. In time, he would throw just as hard, maybe harder. In time, careers were built and rebuilt, and lives were altered, and maybe it's just baseball but it was what they had. Sometimes it was all they had.
- Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports10 days ago
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The end of Sonny Gray's day arrived near the beginning of everyone else's, and then he flipped his glove to himself all the way across the outfield. Then he got to the fence and could not locate the door, like the day suddenly couldn't decide whether to keep him or let him go.
He was being limited to 45 or so pitches in his second spring start – his second, too, since Game 5 of the American League Division Series – and he used up all but 10 of them in a single inning. He arrived in the dugout, removed his cap and scratched his head. The catcher patted him with his mitt. He found a seat.
- Yahoo Sports18 days ago
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – When the Los Angeles Dodgers presented the week-long Australia trip for player approval, then-Dodger Peter Moylan must have voted, like, 11 times.
Because, you know, he's from Australia. And some of the remaining Dodgers don't seem particularly enthusiastic about the journey. And that doesn't seem to be going over very well in Sydney.
The morning paper there compared Zack Greinke, he of the "absolutely zero excitement" observation, to "England fast bowler Stuart Broad," which I'm guessing is the villainous equivalent in, say, San Diego to being compared to "Los Angeles fastballer Zack Greinke."
Now there appears a chance the Dodgers will hold Clayton Kershaw out of the Australia series, in part because Kershaw threw a career-high 259 innings last season, and the early schedule is a little funky, and Kershaw doesn't seem all that into it.Sun, Mar 16Colorado3 - 3LA DodgersGame Recap
- Yahoo Sports19 days ago
GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Chicago White Sox are trending younger. He's not.
Paul Konerko can see where this is headed, which is why a fantastical story about him loving this new hybrid role of designated hitter/first baseman/pinch-hitter, and being really good at it, and reconsidering retirement, and continuing with the White Sox or traipsing around the league chasing cool jobs in new cities draws from him a raised eyebrow.
"I'll stop you there," he says.
Konerko will be 38 next week. Other than what amounts to a half-season of games most of a career ago, he is a White Sox lifer. Maybe, hidden in the Derek Jeter clatter, you missed that Konerko will retire at the end of this season. This is it. The beloved Paulie will take one more lap, go home, raise the kids, work on that Stevie Ray Vaughan guitar riff that's eluding him, and leave the game to the next generation.