The biggest MLB news this week came out of Albuquerque when veteran catcher Miguel Olivo and Cuban import Alex Guerrero had a heated argument in the dugout that led to Olivo biting off a part of Guerrero's ear. The Dodgers terminated Olivo's contract as well they should have. What would lead a guy to do something like that to another person?
Prince Fielder has chosen to undergo surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck, which has a recovery time of 3 - 4 months. That means Fielder is most likely done for the rest of the 2014 season. Jurickson Profar on the other hand, has not yet played a game because of an injured shoulder suffered late in Spring Training, and it has been revealed he re-injured the shoulder.
The Giants bench was rather thin Wednesday against Colorado, so Bruce Bochy asked Santiago Casilla to hit in the ninth inning. His instructions were simple: do not swing the bat. Not only did Casilla swing, but he made contact and busted it down the line. The result: a groundout and a pulled hammy. He should've taken notes from his very first plate appearance.
This is not the same Rodriguez that shut out the Braves on one hit last April 19. He has struggled through six starts this year, giving up 10 home runs in 26.2 innings.
Drew was seeking a multi-year deal during the offseason, but found no takers. The Red Sox have apparently lost faith in Will Middlebrooks as an everyday player, and the signing means Xander Bogaerts will move to third base once Drew is done warming up in the minors.
Fortunately, he doesn't require surgery, but he will be shut down for a few weeks. Dr. Andrews has been busy enough already with 15 other TJ operations this year.
While walking off the mound in the ninth inning Thursday against the A's, Grant Balfour was serenaded with a chorus of boos after blowing a one-run lead. Balfour has been living up to his name this year with 18 walks in 18.1 innings to go along with a 5.89 ERA despite eight saves, so you can understand the fans' frustration. Apparently, Balfour didn't see it that way.
The fans can boo me and all that [stuff], but that's fine. It's not going to help me out. It's not going to help the team do anything out there when you do that [stuff]...The team's pulling for the team, so the fans got to be pulling for the team. Everybody's got to be pulling for the team. You can't be back and forth like that.
Methinks Balfour's ideology is a bit misguided. Fans are going to boo when they see something they don't like. Balfour hasn't been good this year, so what does he expect fans to do when he doesn't perform to expectations?
The Lake County Captains will give away Jobu bobbleheads on August 1 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of "Major League". For their sake, they better not steal any of his rum.