Brewers shortstop Alex Gonzalez has torn his right ACL and is expected to miss the rest of the season, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (Twitter links). It's another setback for the Brewers, who have also lost Mat Gamel and Chris Narveson to season-ending injuries. Gonzalez's vesting option for 2013 is no longer in play, as Haudricourt notes. Here are today's links…
- The Giants announced that reliever Guillermo Mota has officially been suspended for 100 games following a positive test for the performance enhancing substance Clenbuterol.
- Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports suggests Brett Myers, Brandon League, Grant Balfour, Jonathan Broxton and Matt Capps will be among the relievers available in trades later this summer.
- Blue Jays manager John Farrell says catcher turned advance scout Kevin Cash has done a very good job in his new role, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
- Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox aren't expecting to call up a reliever, but notes that offseason acquisition Mark Melancon could get the call in case the club opts to add pitching depth.
This week was pretty terrible for us Brewers fans… 🙁
As much as Alex Gonzalez has to HATE not being able to help his team. If you HAD to have an ACL tear cost you a year, at least it’s right after you get a baby you can now help and spend time with.
Mota should get a refund. They didn’t help!
Hope we cut him!!
I doubt they will. I’m Pretty sure it’s an unpaid suspension.
It’s almost funny.. Early in the season the BP was Boston’s problem and now it’s the least of their worries with so many options and both Melencon plus Alex Wilson at Pawtucket. Should say sickening if not funny…
Not sure which way you tilt if we add Darnell McDonald to your list.
Hasn’t Mota learned not to use PED’s after the first suspension in ’07?
Giants should give Mota a one way ticket back home.
MLBTR should have made a post today about how Sale is becoming the closer for the White Sox. Easily the most puzzling move I have seen in baseball in a long time. Guy was doing excellent in the rotation and could have been a number 1 or 2 for years to come instead they mess with a good thing for seemingly no reason. “Hey i’m making Sale the closer.” “Why? Sale has been great, and Reed has yet to yield a single run. This move would push him to seventh inning duty?” “Well….because.” Ventura is screwing up here.
I can’t believe the Kevin Cash autograph may be more valuable than the Buchholz autograph on my Sox hat.
That’s just wicked, Kevin.
Think Kevin is listening to “Band on the Run” whenever Bucholz is pitching of late Chico.
I was thinking “Will you still love me tomorrow” might be more fitting.
LOL. Yeah.. That’d fit also.. Kevin.. How long have I picked on that beatles logo bro… 🙂
You make me never want to change it. Tomorrow never knows…
I kind of feel bad for Mota. Clen is a fat loss drug, so he was likely using it purely for appearance, not performance.
Clen is a fat loss drug, so he was likely using it purely for appearance, not performance.
Actually it’s also a stimulant, which is the most likely reason why a pro athlete would take it.
As for appearance, I don’t know why Mota would need to worry, being tall and reasonably trim (well, OK…maybe pudgy around the middle, but not a blob). Anyway, I think we can safely assume he was trying to get an edge….again.
” I think we can safely assume he was trying to get an edge….again.”
Getting an edge at almost 40 (yeah, 38 close enough) played for 8
teams and well traveled.. We have to think he was after something no
I watched a SFG game earlier this year and while Moto doesn’t throw
upper 90’s as he did when he was a young man, he still can get it up
there 93-94. Hard to think any of those banned substances could/would
allow him to go more than a couple of innings, nor make him throw 96+
Hard to think any of those banned substances could/would allow him to go more than a couple of innings, nor make him throw 96+ again.
Oh yeah, and to that I want to add that based on how often he has been caught, it is hard or me to believe that the 96+ he was throwing was really all his to begin with! o_0
In WW2, Theodor Morell was known as “reichsminister of the imperial needle” for his injections to a certain high profile person of various concoctions. Perhaps Mota also thinks he can keep running with an empty tank, well past time to shut it all down and just disappear?
Mota just needs to appeal and accuse the lab of not handling his sample properly like Braun did. That is what everyone should do. Precedence.