Canizares gets call — and Andruw’s No. 25

Canizares, the 29-year-old callup

  The Braves have a new No. 25 today, and he’s not going to remind anyone at all of former Gold Glove center fielder Andruw Jones.
  In fact, newly arrived — he just got here at 12:30 p.m. – Barbaro Canizares might possibly be one of the worst defensive players the Braves have had on their major league roster in quite some time, based on what I’ve heard of the 29-year-old Cuban rookie first baseman
  ”I heard he can’t run, can’t throw and can’t field, but the sumbitch can hit,” is what one Braves player told me this morning.
  The Braves put Greg Norton (and his .098 average) on the disabled list (sore ankle) and called Canizares this morning from Triple-A Gwinnett, where the big dude (6-3, 240) was, indeed, hitting like a man possessed.
  He was second in the International League with a .344 average and team-highs of 17 doubles, eight home runs, 37 RBI and a .945 OPS, including a .412 on-base percentage and .533 slugging percentage.
  ”We got a healthy body, and a guy who’s known as a good hitter,” manager Bobby Cox said. “The guy can hit. I’ve only seen him a couple of days in spring training. He’s not known for the glove; he’s OK at first.
  ”I wouldn’t expect Gold Glove performances, but he’s been playing over there” at first base for Gwinnett.
Canizares is batting cleanup today behind Chipper Jones, who wasn’t exactly qualified to give a scouting report on the big fella.
  ”I wouldn’t know him if he walked up and said, ‘Hey, how ya doing?’” Jones said.
  Rookie pitcher Tommy Hanson, who makes his second major league start tomorrow at Baltimore, was a teammate of Canizares in April and May.
  ”He just goes up there and rakes,” Hanson said. “That’s what he does. He’s a hitter. When I was there he was on a tear.”
  I asked Hanson if he thought Canizares would be a “4-A” hitter who tears it up in Triple-A but struggles against major league breaking balls or well-located fastballs, etc.
  ”He hits everything,” Hanson said. “He tries to set up pitchers. I think he’ll be able to hit here.”
   As for his defense, well…. “That’s part of his game that needs work,” Hanson said. “But as far as hitting, he’s a great hitter.”
  Canizares split his time pretty equally last season between first base and designated hitter at Triple-A Richmond, where he hit .300 with 28 doubles, 13 homers and 67 RBI in 134 games.
  He has played 40 of his 58 games this season at first base, and the timing of his callup will permit the Braves to use him as a DH in interleague games at American League parks in Baltimore and Boston on the nine-game trip that starts tomorrow.
  Cox said Norton had been sick since the last trip, and then hurt his ankle two nights ago taking a swing. He said he aggravated it last night while leaping for a line drive at first base.
  Norton went 0-for-8 the past two games filling in at first base, his first times playing any position all season. Norton is 4-for-33 as a pinch-hitter.
  He’s 2-for-32 (.063) batting left-handed this season, after hitting .289 (39-for-135) from that side last season, when he was one of the top pinch-hitters in baseball.
  Martin Prado (strained groin) is day-to-day and starting first baseman Casey Kotchman (calf strain) is eligible to come off the DL on Tuesday. It’s not certain if Kotchman will be ready that day, but he’s made progress the past few days.

  ♣ Driving ‘em in: Yunel Escobar has made a few careless plays in the field like the one last night, but the strong-armed shortstop is having a stellar season at the plate, batting .302 with an .808 OPS, 14 doubles, five homers and 31 RBI in 49 games. (By the way, while I’m thinking about it, did you realize the Braves have two guys from Havana in their infield? Imagine if Brayan Pena, another from Havana, was still the backup catcher (David Ross is catching today in the day game, not Brian McCann. Ross is 6-for-18 with two homers against Pirates lefty Paul Maholm).

  Escobar ranks third in the NL with a .414 average (24-for-58) with runners in scoring position, behind only Brad Hawpe (.460) and Joey Votte (.432) and one spot ahead of Chipper Jones (.400, 14-for-35).
  Chipper leads the majors in average with runners in scoring position at two outs at .571 (8-for-14).
  I found this to be a telling stat: Escobar has come to the plate with 100 runners on base and 70 in scoring position this season, while Casey Kotchman (14 RBI) has come to the plate with 101 runners on base and 71 in scoring position.
  Jeff Francoeur (25 RBI) has come to bat with a team-high 120 runners on base and a team-high 84 in scoring position.

♣ No support for J.J.: Here’s how bad it’s been for Jair Jurrjens, whose All-Star bid is probably going to fall short because of lack of run support.
  He has a 2.91 ERA in his past 11 starts, but just a 3-4 record in that span. Yes, 3-4 with a 2.91 ERA.
The Braves scored one or no runs while he was in six of those 11 starts.
  In his past six home starts, he’s 1-3 with a 3.18 ERA, and the Braves scored one or no runs while he was in four of those starts.

  Alright, game’s about to start. Canizares literally arrived at the ballpark 40 minutes before the first pitch (Braves benefited big-time today from the proximity of their Triple-A park to the major league field, since they didn’t make the Norton DL decision until after Norton showed up this morning limping.)
  Let’s close with a gem from the late, great Townes Van Zandt, and hope that Steve Earle does this one when we go see Steve tomorrow night here in Atlanta.


“LUNGS” by Townes Van Zandt

Well, won’t you lend your lungs to me?
Mine are collapsing
Plant my feet and bitterly breathe
Up the time that’s passing.
Breath I’ll take and breath I’ll give
Pray the day ain’t poison
Stand among the ones that live
In lonely indecision.

Fingers walk the darkness down
Mind is on the midnight
Gather up the gold you’ve found
You fool, it’s only moonlight.
If you try to take it home
Your hands will turn to butter
You better leave this dream alone
Try to find another.

Salvation sat and crossed herself
Called the devil partner
Wisdom burned upon a shelf
Who’ll kill the raging cancer
Seal the river at its mouth
Take the water prisoner
Fill the sky with screams and cries
Bathe in fiery answers

Jesus was an only son
And love his only concept
Strangers cry in foreign tongues
And dirty up the doorstep
And I for one, and you for two
Ai’nt got the time for outside
Just keep your injured looks to you
We’ll tell the world we tried

 

 

1,957 comments Add your comment

c jonze

June 11th, 2009
1:08 pm

Warhead

June 11th, 2009
1:08 pm

Is the game being streamed online anywhere? I’d like to listen here at work …

Renegator

June 11th, 2009
1:09 pm

We all know that Norton didn’t hurt his ankle so why don’t the Braves just go ahead and DFA him instead of this DL charade?

fleming

June 11th, 2009
1:10 pm

Does anyone know if Norton hurt his ankle playing BINGO when they called 0-98

RHR

June 11th, 2009
1:10 pm

Pennski

June 11th, 2009
1:10 pm

I bet this is the end for Norton, good! He is done

McFann :Ô:

June 11th, 2009
1:10 pm

Here it is! I found it!

Thanks, Chief!

Wes

June 11th, 2009
1:10 pm

i dont know why, RHR, but “mugshot” just cracked me up

c jonze

June 11th, 2009
1:11 pm

It would be nice to have someone who is actually accustomed to DH-ing when this team plays in the A.L. It seems that they have never taken advantage of an extra hitter in the lineup.

Francoeur for MVP!!!!

June 11th, 2009
1:11 pm

Hi – new poster here. With Norton’s power bat out of the lineup for two weeks, do the Braves have a shot at competing? I’m sure Bobby Cox’s genius ability will keep them in games, but can Francoeur carry the team without Norton and Infante? Maybe Garret Anderson? Thanks, I’ll hang up and listen.

Soph

June 11th, 2009
1:11 pm

Can’t run, can’t throw, can’t field? This should be interesting.

TnBrian

June 11th, 2009
1:11 pm

Hopefully no balls are hit to Canizares. Vazquez is a fly ball pitcher, so maybe nothing is hit to the guy.

BJones

June 11th, 2009
1:12 pm

Vasquez with a K…

Renegator

June 11th, 2009
1:13 pm

Hopefully Canzares can DH while the Braves play AL teams and maybe Prado will be healthy enough to play 1st.

Please, please, please DFA Norton.

BJones

June 11th, 2009
1:13 pm

Another K for Vasquez…

Mixxo

June 11th, 2009
1:13 pm

bravos2249

June 11th, 2009
1:13 pm

Well I guess we can say they do read the blogs…lol

Piedmont Blues (ex-BFIR)

June 11th, 2009
1:14 pm

c jonze,

Canizares DH’d in the minors (and probably in Cuba, I imagine), so you can say he’s accustomed to it.

BJones

June 11th, 2009
1:14 pm

Vasquez strikes out the side…

bravos2249

June 11th, 2009
1:15 pm

DOB

Canizares does remind me of Andruw….

”I heard he can’t run, can’t hit and can’t stay on his feet after a swing, but the sumbitch can field,”

Wes

June 11th, 2009
1:15 pm

anyone else realize Javy had the 4th best WHIP in the national league? Ahead of Johan

Burdell

June 11th, 2009
1:15 pm

Someone must have told Vazquez about Barbaro’s defense and Francoeur’s offense. His strategy is 27 strike outs this game.

choozer

June 11th, 2009
1:15 pm

Sad that the Braves didn’t call up Barbaro until they saw Norton LIMPING. We all saw his LIMP bat and limp average … shouldn’t that have been enough?

Tomahawkin

June 11th, 2009
1:15 pm

Nice First Inning from Javy…

Now Spot Him Some Early Runs Phu-Leeze…!

I have a feeling that Barbaro will Clown Today, Just a Hunch!!!

Efrim

June 11th, 2009
1:16 pm

I think we’ll be seeing Javy get to 100 K’s today.

c jonze

June 11th, 2009
1:16 pm

Wait…

So they are NOT retiring #25?!

Slugger www.theweeklyscene.com

June 11th, 2009
1:16 pm

DOB -

Mentioned it on the last blog, but there are two interesting facts about two of the Braves Draft picks:

-Matt Crimm – I think I hit around .500 against him with 2 bombs in college, he’s was still a freshman then sophomore though. good arm.
-Stephen Montgomery – My JUCO roomate’s little brother.

McFann :Ô:

June 11th, 2009
1:16 pm

JD And I know that it’s best to rest McCann on day games, but can we space out his off days a little better? This is his 3rd game off in a week I believe.

Counting the rain delay, yeah.

BJones

June 11th, 2009
1:17 pm

McLouth flies out to left…

BJones

June 11th, 2009
1:18 pm

Yunel grounds out…

sri

June 11th, 2009
1:18 pm

Warhead,
You can watch the game online at http://www.sticktv.net.
For anyone interested in cricket, look for channel ’sky_sports’, today it is channel 25.

blueridge

June 11th, 2009
1:18 pm

How about Ben Zobrist? He is a guy that would step right in (like Hawpe) and help this offense. The rays are in desperate need of an everyday catcher, and the braves have Ross who has proven to be more than a back-up. I actually like Zobrist much more than DeRosa. I would love to see a move made soon to sure up the OF/ Offense.

How about Zobrist for Ross, Acosta, and KJ? Pipe-dream?

CLE

June 11th, 2009
1:19 pm

Heehee, DOB misspelled McCann’s first name. Did you notice, McFann?

cabravesfan

June 11th, 2009
1:20 pm

blueridge-

Braves are not trading Ross. He’s way too valuable

c jonze

June 11th, 2009
1:20 pm

Don’t think I like hearing comparisons to Barbaro the Horse, seeing as he shattered his leg and was put down… Is it just me?

Burdell

June 11th, 2009
1:20 pm

How about Zobrist for Francoeur, Norton, and Corky Miller.

The Real Question

June 11th, 2009
1:20 pm

How many pitches have the Braves seen this series and overall this season?

J-X

June 11th, 2009
1:20 pm

online stream please, anybody?

Josh H

June 11th, 2009
1:21 pm

Quick 1st inning.

Burdell

June 11th, 2009
1:21 pm

He Caught it!!!!! Barbaro caught it!!!

Jeff321

June 11th, 2009
1:21 pm

Hey, Barbaro caught the ball. So, he can’t be that bad, eh?

JD

June 11th, 2009
1:21 pm

See? Barbaro caught that ball just fine.

Heath (Cleveland)

June 11th, 2009
1:22 pm

The first 7 guys to the plate have not been much of a challenge for the pitchers, eh?

Wes

June 11th, 2009
1:22 pm

Fielding % = 1.000

Soph

June 11th, 2009
1:22 pm

Too funny seeing all of those messages about Barbaro making the play.

Burdell

June 11th, 2009
1:23 pm

myp2p.eu is streaming it (and is legal!)

AndyC

June 11th, 2009
1:23 pm

What did you guys think he was going to do? Stand there and let the ball hit him in the head? LOL!

cabravesfan

June 11th, 2009
1:23 pm

Don’t think I like hearing comparisons to Barbaro the Horse, seeing as he shattered his leg and was put down… Is it just me?

Not just you…

Unknown

June 11th, 2009
1:24 pm

So were facing Cy Maholm today, great.

JD

June 11th, 2009
1:24 pm

I just noticed that Javy’s only had more Ks than IP once in his career. Is there a reason why he’s getting so many this season? Because he now has 20 more Ks than IP.

Not that I’m complaining, just curious

Jeff321

June 11th, 2009
1:24 pm

I wonder if McCann just told Vasquez not to make any quick throws over there?

Burdell

June 11th, 2009
1:24 pm

I’m sure being in the NL helps.

Josh H

June 11th, 2009
1:25 pm

Heath (Cleveland)

June 11th, 2009
1:25 pm

sri…

I couldn’t get that to work

Efrim

June 11th, 2009
1:25 pm

Has Javy thrown a breaking/offspeed pitch yet?

JD

June 11th, 2009
1:26 pm

He’s been in the NL for most of his career I believe.

Soph

June 11th, 2009
1:26 pm

Thanks Josh H!

WestCoastBrave

June 11th, 2009
1:27 pm

Thanks Josh H, wish I didn’t forget my headphones at home. . .

SoWeGa Fanatic

June 11th, 2009
1:28 pm

If Canizares can really hit, Norton’s days are numbered.

Another thing, why does a NL related minor league club use a DH? We don’t call up a lot of DH’s.

StingerSplash

June 11th, 2009
1:29 pm

Was kinda hoping for Urge Overkill’s “Sister Havana” today. Gotta love a band with a drummer named Blackie Onassis.
Tix for Steve Earle’s show in Savannah on Saturday night are $35 a pop at the door.

Unknown

June 11th, 2009
1:29 pm

5 Ks already but im dreading the 5th inning meltdown that will most surely come.

c jonze

June 11th, 2009
1:29 pm

Efrim:

There’s your 69 mph curve…

Heath (Cleveland)

June 11th, 2009
1:29 pm

Wow…5 of the 6 outs recorded by Javy has been by K…what has gotten into this guy? I like it.

Sir Stealth

June 11th, 2009
1:29 pm

Saw Steve Earle from the front row a few nights back. Not to spoil it, but he will in fact play Lungs, and it will be AWESOME.

Burdell

June 11th, 2009
1:29 pm

But not recently. I doubt people expect a 25 y/o guy to lead the league in K/9. Well, those without Time Lincecum’s dad.

JD

June 11th, 2009
1:29 pm

If Canizares can really hit, Norton’s days are numbered.

No they’re not. Norton hit a pinch hit homerun last year. That’ll stay in Bobby’s head forever.

David O'Brien

June 11th, 2009
1:30 pm

Canizares is a big dude, no doubt. Coming to plate now, twirling bat like it’s a toy.

Burdell

June 11th, 2009
1:31 pm

Are they pitching around Canizares?

CLE

June 11th, 2009
1:31 pm

Aw, the typo was corrected. Now I just look silly.

MiltonDawg

June 11th, 2009
1:31 pm

anybody have the lineup? i can’t get it to pull up on ajc site.

rammerjammer

June 11th, 2009
1:31 pm

Just imagine how excited Canizares must be. It’s a long way from Havana to Atlanta. A special day for him that he’ll never forget.

David O'Brien

June 11th, 2009
1:32 pm

Braves have a 33-year-old rookie from Japan and a 29-year-old rookie from Cuba… who just got screwed on that call.

Jeff321

June 11th, 2009
1:32 pm

Barbaro just got cheated big time.

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

June 11th, 2009
1:32 pm

Javy is a beast, just beware of that one bad inning that he always has. Barbaro is the man, reminds me of Francisco Cabrera a little bit, minus the hair.

Original Jon

June 11th, 2009
1:32 pm

Heath, what do you mean what has gotten into this guy? Javy is 2nd in the NL with 93 K’s, only 2 behind Tim Lincecum. Actually, I dont think that even counts todays start, so he may be leading the NL now with 5 so far. You act like this guy doesnt strike out a lot of guys.

Tomahawkin

June 11th, 2009
1:33 pm

Barbaro… Had an F’d up call but hey, he Couldn’t Do No Worse Than Naw-ton

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

June 11th, 2009
1:33 pm

Matt Diaz has the best softball swing in the Major Leagues

Mixxo

June 11th, 2009
1:33 pm

Free-swingin Matty! :mad:

Fer cryin’ out loud he’s getting old!!!!

TnBrian

June 11th, 2009
1:33 pm

Dang, I hope Javy don’t have that one inning meltdown today…they’re pitcher looks tough. Ump sucks too.

Burdell

June 11th, 2009
1:34 pm

Barbaro just struck out. Can we turn against him now, or does the blog wait until the end of the game for that?

Steve from OH

June 11th, 2009
1:34 pm

Maholm looks tough today…

Tomahawkin

June 11th, 2009
1:34 pm

Dizam, Cy Maholm looking Nasty…I see More Undisciplined At-Bats again…!

Burdell

June 11th, 2009
1:34 pm

Jeff was almost thrown out walking down to first.

Rodney Derrick

June 11th, 2009
1:34 pm

This umpire wants to go home early. Too hot for him. And perhaps he is anti-Cuban.

RHR

June 11th, 2009
1:35 pm

JEFF GOT A HIT! (on an error, but still).

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

June 11th, 2009
1:35 pm

Sometimes it looks like Matt is protecting himself from flying baseballs when he’s batting. It’s like swatting at flies up there.

Way to go Frenchy!

Heath (Cleveland)

June 11th, 2009
1:35 pm

Woo hoo…hit by JF! : )

Turtsnap

June 11th, 2009
1:35 pm

Hunter’s dad Harry would be disappointed on that K call on Barbaro!!! HOLY CRAP.

c jonze

June 11th, 2009
1:35 pm

Each and every time Jeff gets a hit i hear a “maybe that will get him going” type comment from Joe Simpson. Ugh.

Joe Simpson

June 11th, 2009
1:35 pm

Jeff just turned it around.

Josh H

June 11th, 2009
1:36 pm

According to radio announcers, Jeff Francouer stopped running again…

I mean, I really don’t mean to hate on him but, he makes it so easy.

Warhead

June 11th, 2009
1:36 pm

Thanks, SRI and Josh H….

sidslidkid

June 11th, 2009
1:36 pm

I miss Prado, Kotchman and Infante

StingerSplash

June 11th, 2009
1:36 pm

Following on MLB.com’s Gameday. They put up mugshots for pitchers and batters and for Barbaro, they had Claude Rains! No really, it was Ralph Ellison.

RHR

June 11th, 2009
1:37 pm

Barbaro just struck out. Can we turn against him now, or does the blog wait until the end of the game for that?

Hey, we’re a compassionate lot. We’ll give him 2 AB’s.

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

June 11th, 2009
1:37 pm

Nasty pitch from Maholm on Rossy!

TnBrian

June 11th, 2009
1:37 pm

Ross ain’t much of a hitter lately, is he?

Epinephrine

June 11th, 2009
1:38 pm

Man Jack Wilson is so annoying out there. Even on that he almost took away a base hit from Jeff.

RHR

June 11th, 2009
1:38 pm

Ross ain’t much of a hitter lately, is he?

See what I mean?

choozer

June 11th, 2009
1:38 pm

Looking at Maholm’s stats, it’s hard to imagine him striking out the side. Especially hard to believe that given that he faced Francouer in that inning and that Frenchy was NOT one of the K’s.

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