NL Central Notes: Kotsay, Wainwright, Lucroy

Adam Wainwright's potentially season-threatening injury is grabbing a lot of headlines today. Here's more on that and some other items of note coming out of the NL Central.

  • The Brewers' deal with Mark Kotsay includes a few incentives, blogs Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. Here's the breakdown: Kotsay's base salary if for $800K, and he can earn up to $450K in incentives. He'll earn $25K each if he reaches 125 and 150 plate appearances, $50K each for 175 and 200 PAs, $50K each for 40, 60, 80 and 100 games started, and $100K if he's on the roster on July 1.
  • Cardinals GM John Mozeliak remains pessimistic about Wainwright's injury after speaking to a team doctor, tweets Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Wainwright will get a second opinion on his ailing right elbow on Thursday, and the club will decide on a treatment plan from there, writes Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch.
  • Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy is expected to miss four weeks after suffering a broken right pinky during blocking drills on Wednesday, according to a club press release. The injury will require surgery, but Brewers GM Doug Melvin said, "We feel OK for now," when asked whether he'd be pursuing another backstop, blogs McCalvy.
  • Reds outfielder Jonny Gomes was apparently celebrating Wainwright's injury, writes Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News. Seeing as it's all in the name of competition, and the Reds' chance of winning the NL Central jumped significantly on account of Wainwright's injury, Gomes' reaction is not a big deal, writes Rob Neyer of SBNation.com. Gomes, however, said that his reaction was misconstrued and that he'd never celebrate another player's injury, blogs Mark Sheldon of MLB.com.


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55 Comments on "NL Central Notes: Kotsay, Wainwright, Lucroy"


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syphercx
4 years 4 months ago

Only player that annoys me more than Gomes is Hunter Pence. Not a surprise he was caught being a dbag.

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redsreignbegins
4 years 4 months ago

I’m pretty sure he just acknowledged Wainwright was out and now a division rival will have a much more difficult time winning. Did not read the part about him getting caught “being a d bag.” Although that would be a funny sight…

Guest
4 years 4 months ago

If you look up the actual article this was written in, it has Gomes singing about Waino being out…yep, that pretty much screams D-Bag

Guest
4 years 4 months ago

Imagine Gomes…

“K’s goes down by 10 for me this season!! woo!!” *has heart attack, drops dead*

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redsreignbegins
4 years 4 months ago

talk about classy….

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HerbertAnchovy
4 years 4 months ago

Hmm, I’d expect Wainwright to put one in Gomes’ ribs once he gets back.

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redsreignbegins
4 years 4 months ago

When will this be? (wink)

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Ferrariman
4 years 4 months ago

seeing as its tommy john surgery, probably the start of 2012…

Guest
4 years 4 months ago

whatever cards pitcher faces him first is the most likely option, because its going to happen

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redsreignbegins
4 years 4 months ago

I don’t think Cards want to make that mistake again, last brouhaha with the reds ended (sadly) a career. Cueto’s been sharpening his spikes…

Guest
4 years 4 months ago

… wow

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robdicken
4 years 4 months ago

Lay off the nitpicking of Reds comments and you wouldn’t get comments like that.

It’s pretty frickin’ sad in Cardinal country when you can’t sign probably the best player in the last 20+ years, lose a 20-win pitcher to Tommy John surgery, and then have your other “ace” talking about how he wouldn’t veto a trade. It doesn’t sound to me like too many people want to be in St. Louis.

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start_wearing_purple
4 years 4 months ago

Anyone really shocked that Gomes likes the idea that Wainwright might be down for the season? I’m certain Reds fans, Brewers fans, and even even Cubs fans are quietly cheering that Wainwright might be out for the season. With Wainwright, the Cards have an uphill battle to take the division but they’re certainly one of the three more likely teams to win. On the other hand, without Wainwright the division is pretty much a two-way race between the Reds and Brewers with the Cubs playing the role of darkhorse.

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Ferrariman
4 years 4 months ago

even without wainwright, i would still take STL over chicago. Can’t say the same about milwaukee and cincy though.

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johnsilver
4 years 4 months ago

Don’t really understand all the fuss about Gomes hoping for the Cards to retaliate anyway and give him a free base with the way Gomes struggles to get on period.. Vividly recall he 15 for 20 K streaks from his days as a Ray and how he was GLADLY shown the door, one of the few they gladly dumped for non salary issues.

Why give someone a free base when they can’t get on the old fashioned way?

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robdicken
4 years 4 months ago

Gomes is a POWER HITTER and drives in runs. His last two years in Cincinnati have been pretty darn good for signing him next to nothing. His defense isn’t great, but he was a league leader in BA with RISP. So say what you want about him as a Tampa Bay Ray, he hasn’t done too bad in Cincinnati.

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4 years 4 months ago

The cardinals will find a way. This drops them in the projected standings, but when have projections REALLY mattered.

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redsreignbegins
4 years 4 months ago

some statements are so dumb i have to point them out. What message is being conveyed here?

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jb226
4 years 4 months ago

Shouldn’t you be asking yourself the same thing? If his post was useless, what does that make yours for being nothing but crapping on him for it? In fact, I have seen you do nothing but that in any post thus far in thus thread. At this point I would take him over your attempts to be clever any day.

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robdicken
4 years 4 months ago

And you just did the same thing by insinuating that his aren’t “clever.” So really…what in the world does that make you in this regard? The pot calling the kettle “black.”

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vtadave
4 years 4 months ago

Well, projections actually matter quite a bit. Are they 100%? Of course not, but this looks to cost in the area of four wins per some analysis I’ve read.

Are you sayinig that it’s not a big deal that the Cardinals will have someone like Ian Snell or Lance Lynn in the rotation over Wainwright?