A full Closing Time comes your way before we hit the new day on the West Coast, but here's some early medical headlines to snack on in the meantime.
• Frank Francisco(notes) is back on the disabled list due to a bout with pneumonia, but he might not be gone too long; the move is retroactive to July 11. The wild but oddly-effective C.J. Wilson(notes) takes over the ninth inning for the balance of the week, at minimum; Texas hosts the Red Sox for three, then heads to Kansas City on the weekend.
• It's going to take a while to get Pedro Martinez(notes) back on the mound - he has to throw a simulated game Tuesday before the Phillies will let him begin his rehab assignment. Maybe some of the Pedro projections we made last week were a little too optimistic (mine, for example).
The Phillies have another intriguing pitcher on the mend – Brett Myers(notes) (hip) told MLB.com that he is "way ahead of schedule" and apparently he might have a shot to return in the second half of August. Perhaps the Phillies would be better served using Myers in the bullpen if and when he returns.
• Nelson Cruz(notes) (small finger fracture finger) says he's feeling 50 percent better but he still wasn't in Monday's lineup. Address your sympathy cards to Ellis Bradley Evans. Cruz isn't expected to go on the disabled list.
• Chien-Ming Wang(notes) felt discomfort in his shoulder when he tried to throw Monday and he's going to be shut down for a few days. The nightmare season continues. Sergio Mitre(notes) is the rotation stand-in for now.
• Juan Rivera(notes) (hamstring) wasn't in Monday's lineup at Kansas City. As it turns out, rain washed out the Halos and Royals. Mike Scioscia says he's hoping that Rivera is day-to-day, and the skipper doesn't think a DL stint will be needed.
• The Blue Jays apparently offered Roy Halladay to the Mets for the low, low price of Ruben Tejada, Fernando Martinez(notes), Bobby Parnell(notes) and Jon Niese - four significant prospects. New York
clicked "reject trade" immediately said no, thanks. I understand the psychology of opening offers, but J.P. Ricciardi needs a reality check if he truly expects to get a deal for Halladay. (I realize there's nothing health-related in this note, but it's hard to resist taking a shot at Ricciardi).
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