Heyward to miss at least 2 games with thumb injury

So now we know what many suspected: Jason Heyward isn’t just enduring a typical rookie slump or struggling because other teams have figured out his weaknesses.

Slumping Jason Heyward's thumb injury is worse than he'd let on, and he'll miss at least two games.

Slumping Jason Heyward's thumb injury is worse than he'd let on, and he'll miss at least two games.

His left thumb is so sore that he hasn’t been able to grip the bat and load up his swing, he said this morning. It’s the first time he’s come clean, at least publicly, with how much the thumb has been bothering him.

Heyward finally conceded it’s a problem and that he’s going to see a hand specialist. He said he would be out of the lineup at least today and tomorrow, and could be longer depending on what they find in exam.

He’s never made excuses for any slump or bad game. But this isn’t an excuse, this is an injury, and Heyward finally admitted as much today.

In his last 24 games, going back to May 31, he’s hit .172 (17-for-99) with three doubles, one homer, seven RBIs, 13 walks, 33 strikeouts, a .274 OBP and a .232 slugging percentage (.506 OPS).

That’s less than half the OPS he posted in his 46 previous games.

Through May 30, Heyward hit .301 (47-for-156) with 10 doubles, three triples, 10 homers, 38 RBIs, 29 walks, 35 strikeouts, and a .421 OBP and .596 slugging percentage (1.017 OPS).

He had baseball’s highest OBP for a while, this 20-year-old phenom from McDonough, Ga., who had only 208 plate appearances above Single-A before taking the big leagues by storm in April and for most of May.

Heyward’s feats were the talk of baseball, at least until Nationals rookie Stephen Strasburg arrived and took a big share of the rookie spotlight. Strasburg got to the bigs at about the same time Heyward began to struggle.

Now it’s questionable whether Heyward will get to face him Monday in what had been an anticipated first matchup between the titanic rookies, when Strasburg starts for the Nats in a series opener against the Braves and Tim Hudson. A crowd of about 40,000 is expected for that game at Turner Field.

Heyward will be examined as soon as the Braves’ hand specialist returns from a conference, presumably in the next couple of days.

You’ve got to feel for the big kid, who’s been so much a part of the Braves’ success and was their only hot hitter other than Martin Prado for much of April and May.

He’s got the second-most All-Star votes among NL outfielders and is poised to be the second-youngest starter ever in a major league All-Star Game, just two months older than Ken Griffey Jr. was. But obviously if his thumb injury is at all significant, it could affect his participation in the July 13 All-Star Game.

He first hurt the thumb while sliding head-first in a game six weeks ago, May 14, when he jammed it into the base. It’s bothered him to varying degrees since then. Lately, it’s bothered him a lot. Whether he told anyone to the degree it hurt, I don’t know.

Bobby Cox has continued to play Heyward almost every day, and in the past seven games Heyward went 3-for-26 with one RBI and seven strikeouts.

He has almost as many strikeouts (33) during his 24-game slump as he had in his first 46 games (35 strikeouts in 156 at-bats).

He said today that the sore thumb had prevented him from gripping the bat and loading up in his swing. Which is pretty much what Terry Pendleton told me three weeks ago in Los Angeles, when the hitting coach said Heyward probably wouldn’t say it publicly, but the sore thumb was preventing him from extending and from getting to a lot of pitches he’d normally drive.

Pendleton said when he got to a certain point in his swing, the pain in the thumb would cause Heyward to pull back. But until today, Heyward had downplayed the issue or refused to discuss it at all with reporters.

Good for the big kid to finally admit that it’s a problem, instead of continuing to downplay it. Nothing wrong with admitting you’re hurt. Plenty wrong with not admitting it. Playing with some pain is one thing, but now we know it’s been affecting his swing and that this wasn’t just a matter of scouts and opposing pitchers developing “a book” on Heyward.

♣ Heyward’s replacement is raking: Six weeks ago, the thought of Melky Cabrera replacing Heyward in the lineup would’ve made Braves fans cringe. Not anymore. Cabrera has been more than earning his keep lately.

Melky Cabrera has rebounded from slow start to put up strong numbers in past five weeks.

Melky Cabrera has rebounded from slow start to put up strong numbers in past five weeks.

Cabrera, who’s in right field and batting second today, has hit .371 with a .400 OBP and 10 RBIs in his past 17 games. And he’s actually been a productive hitter for a significantly longer period, though his woeful April might have colored the view of many of us and made us reluctant to acknowledge he’d turned a corner.

After batting just .193 with no homers and a .509 OPS in 114 at-bats during 38 games through May 19, Cabrera in his past 33 games has hit .346 (37-for-107) with two homers and an .833 OPS, with only 14 strikeouts and a .375 OBP.

Wags on a roll: You all know that Billy Wagner got his 400th save on Friday night, but is everyone aware of just how dominant the 38-year-old closer has been lately?

Wagner went through a brief rough patch in mid-May, when he gave up five hits and two runs in a three-game stretch. In 16 appearances since then, he’s given up six hits and no runs.

In 15-1/3 innings over that torrid stretch of pitching, Wagner has allowed six hits and six walks with 22 strikeouts, including five strikeouts with no walks in two innings over his past two appearances. He struck out all three batters he faced in save No. 400 on Friday.

The old lefty was asked if that made the milestone save more enjoyable, doing it via the strike-out-the-side manner.

“You know what, if I’d had three pop-ups it would have been just as fun,” he said. “I think you dream about situations like that. About as good as it [could possibly have been] would have been would be to get to 400 throwing nine pitches [striking out the side on nine pitches]

“It was fun. It was exciting. When you’re in that situation you’re always worried about that one bad pitch, so you just have to stay focused and try to make the good pitches.”

Wgner is congratulated by teammates after his 400th save Friday.

Wgner is congratulated by teammates after his 400th save Friday.

Asked what he felt like when the bullpen door opened Friday, Wagner said it wasn’t any different than other nights.

“Every night, that fear of failure, that anxiety, that ‘don’t screw up’ — that all plays into the role of the closer,” he said. “And you go out there with the intention of going as hard as you can and not making a mistake, and if you do, [then] getting away with it. But going out there as many times as I’ve run out there, I think you know that you’re going to have those days and you can’t worry about them.”

Cox smiled and said the Braves might try to talk him out of retiring. Brian McCann and Peter Moylan have said the same thing.

I asked Wagner about that last night, and he said, “Not a chance.”

You guys might want to start a petition to convince him to reconsider.

Alright, we’re getting started, so let’s close this. I’ve had all kinds of computer problems this morning, so getting this thing posted late.

I’ll just add that David Ross was waiting to get a CT scan today on his injured hand. Though X-rays taken Wednesday in Chicago showed no fracture, it’s still real sore. And that would obviously be a significant blow if the Braves have to go without Ross, arguably the best backup catcher in baseball.

Need a quick game and no rain delays, because I’ve got a date with the gorgeous Neko  Case tonight (actually, we’ve just got tickets to see her at Variety Playhouse with New Pornographers, but a man can dream….)

Hey, check out this great tune from Levon Helm’s Electric Dirt. Great song, great album.

levon-helm

“GROWIN’ TRADE” by Levon Helm, Larry Campbell

I worked the land to raise a family

‘Till I was weary to the bone

But hard labor never bothered me

Lord, it’s all I’ve ever known

Too many seasons are calamity

And too much interest to hold a loan

I’m half the size that I used to be

And half of that is stone

The crops ain’t worth the seedin’

Ten will only get you five

The livestock I’m I feedin’

I can hardly keep them alive

I gotta do what I can to survive

I know the law won’t be forgivin’

But that’ll be the choice I make

I used to farm for a livin’

And now I’m in the growin’ trade

The summer beauty of the cotton field

Was like a view from Heaven’s door

My granddaddy said that harvest time

Was what the good Lord made us for

I guess you’d wonder where’s the dignity

In a crop you raise to burn

But this land is my legacy

I got no where else to turn

Shotgun on my shoulder

Where a towsack oughta be

The thieves are getting bolder

And the Feds may be watching me

I gotta quit this eventually

I know the law won’t be forgivin’

But that’ll be the choice I make

I used to farm for a livin’

And now I’m in the growing trade

Helicopters in the distance

Coming closer every day

They’re gonna meet some resistance

Ain’t no price too big to pay

It won’t be any different

When they take it all away

Between the cop and the jailhouse

And a bed beneath the clay

I guess there’s nothing to do now but pray

I know the law won’t be forgivin’

But that’ll be the choice I make

I used to farm for a livin’

And now I’m in the growing trade

2,320 comments Add your comment

Bayou Brave

June 26th, 2010
4:53 pm

Let’s go KK

Bayou Brave

June 26th, 2010
4:54 pm

abwright

June 26th, 2010
5:00 pm

Just found the Braves game on MLBN Alternate (Directv channel 214).

richbrave

June 26th, 2010
5:02 pm

richbrave

June 26th, 2010
4:58 pm
MITCHELL:

Because we feel about soccer and ice hockey like some feel about American football and baseball. There’s just no accounting for taste.

richbrave

June 26th, 2010
5:02 pm

No direct t.v. What do I do?

Brightside

June 26th, 2010
5:04 pm

Evidently, Hayward didn’t learn anything from Shafer.

Mitchell

June 26th, 2010
5:04 pm

richbrave

June 26th, 2010
4:58 pm
MITCHELL:

Because we feel about soccer and ice hockey like some feel about American football and baseball. There’s just no accounting for taste.

Somebody obviously doesn’t love their country.

Crime Doggieeeeee

June 26th, 2010
5:05 pm

Somebody obviously doesn’t love their country.

Exactly, because watching a soccer game is the surest way to tell if someone’s a patriot.

UNCBrave

June 26th, 2010
5:06 pm

abwright,

That channel is blacked out as well…

David O'Brien

June 26th, 2010
5:06 pm

From Eric Hinske, on Heyward: “We knew in here he was hurting,” Hinske said. “He was trying to do the best he could, but it’s gotten to a point it was hurting him. He needs to get it right.”

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

June 26th, 2010
5:06 pm

Melky has really saved our bacon. He was already turning it around before Nate was injured. McLouth’s injury, though a terrible thing, was a blessing for Melky and Hinske. And for us, as crappy as it sounds.

McFann 1 :Ô: :Ô:

June 26th, 2010
5:07 pm

WICKED pitch!!

Woodeeeeee Woodward

June 26th, 2010
5:08 pm

that’s one of KK’s great pitches. If that’s working, he’s hard to hit.

Mitchell

June 26th, 2010
5:08 pm

Dude, it’s the WORLD EFFING CUP.

Those were two of the greatest matches the US has ever played and they almost pulled off another miracle. But it’s over now, so you can go back to your American football and peach baseket hoop ball and home run bat and ball.

What did I ever say about ice hockey anyway?

VaBravesFan

June 26th, 2010
5:08 pm

KK is looking great too bad he’ll get a No decision or L cause the team doesnt support him.

Baseball 101

June 26th, 2010
5:08 pm

Rob from SC
4:48 pm

these ghana players are playing like sissy’s. Hurt on every play

Those “sissies” just knocked off the big bad USA.

Bayou Brave

June 26th, 2010
5:10 pm

This is ridiculous. Why can’t ATL score when KK pitches!!!

J-Hey

June 26th, 2010
5:10 pm

Looks like we’re getting KK Situation Number 1

1. KK pitches good, offense makes opposing starter Cy Young
2. Offense scores a few runs, KK pitches like Krap

6-4-3

June 26th, 2010
5:11 pm

Is KK dealing? How does he look today?

Mitchell

June 26th, 2010
5:11 pm

So I guess KK was about a month behind on my prediction for a breakthrough performance.

All that matters is the Mets lost so a Braves win would just be groovy. I mean, gravy. Or both.

VaBravesFan

June 26th, 2010
5:14 pm

Mitchell

KK already has 2 other starts in which he threw 6 shutout innings in both games recieving 0 runs combined..

Coach (2011 or Bust)

June 26th, 2010
5:15 pm

Lets see, Kawakami is pitching his butt off and once again getting no run support.

So what else is new?

Mitchell

June 26th, 2010
5:16 pm

Charge the mound TG!

Let’s go.

VaBravesFan

June 26th, 2010
5:17 pm

Another walk for Chipper, that OBP will be very high all year thats for sure lol

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

June 26th, 2010
5:17 pm

Bout time for KK to throw things in the dugout, at the hitters.

Woodeeeeee Woodward

June 26th, 2010
5:17 pm

Hasn’t Glaus been getting doinked quite a bit lately?

abwright

June 26th, 2010
5:17 pm

UNCBrave … MLB black out rules are more arcane than international trade agreements.

Fire Frank Wren

June 26th, 2010
5:17 pm

If the great Milk man could bunt or hit it to the right side we would be up one to nothing.

McFann 1 :Ô: :Ô:

June 26th, 2010
5:18 pm

DOB

If only…but that was Glaus’ HBP.

abwright

June 26th, 2010
5:18 pm

Actually, Brian K. McCann struck out, and Glaus was hit by the pitch.

(ducks … )

Woodeeeeee Woodward

June 26th, 2010
5:18 pm

AB–I’m in Hawaii. I get blacked out for west coast games. Go figure.

Mitchell

June 26th, 2010
5:19 pm

I’m aware of that. Still no wins.

Bob Wickman's navel lint

June 26th, 2010
5:19 pm

It has been obvious that Heyward’s regression has been caused by injury. Get this kid to the DL and let him heal. Is Clevlen about ready to play, again? Better for the Braves to suck it up now then let Heyward get into bad habits, compensating for injuries.

abwright

June 26th, 2010
5:20 pm

Apparently Scherzer has a very good ERA in Turner Field.

Sucks to be Kawakami, but, good thing he is bringing his A game.

Chop Chop

June 26th, 2010
5:20 pm

Heyward’s regression is due to injury. When he gets healthy, he’ll be better than Pujols on his best day. We all know that.

David O'Brien

June 26th, 2010
5:21 pm

Where’s this been? KK through 4 innings has allowed one hit, one walk with four strikeouts, including two strikeouts against Miguel Cabrera.

jay dubu

June 26th, 2010
5:22 pm

Where’s the tean captain, Larry, to inform the rookie on how to handle the injuries?

Mitchell

June 26th, 2010
5:23 pm

I love when they play day games on Saturday and they don’t have to wear those red jerseys. Not a fan of those.

I guess Fox briefly considered making this one of their featured Saturday games until they noticed Yankees Dodgers on the schedule.

Psyche.

abwright

June 26th, 2010
5:23 pm

Woodeeeeee … in Arkansas, I get blacked out for Houston and St. Louis, regardless of where they play, but not for Texas Rangers or KC Royals.

Mitchell

June 26th, 2010
5:26 pm

See, I thought we already learned about the difference between playing through pain and playing through injury.

Injured or not, he needed some time off.

Woodeeeeee Woodward

June 26th, 2010
5:26 pm

AB–MLB got left behind in their geography lessons.

abwright

June 26th, 2010
5:26 pm

Hope the Braves score one in the bottom of the fifth so that KK can at least be in line for a win as the pitcher of record. That’s as close as he’s been to a win for at least a month.

Steve from OH

June 26th, 2010
5:27 pm

Since May 18, Medlen has started 8 games. 4-0 with a 3.51 ERA, .718 OPS against.

Since May 19, Kawakami has started 7 games. 0-3 with a 3.79 ERA. .771 OPS against.

After this game, that ERA will be closer to Medlen’s 3.51 ERA. Just sayin’. He’s not been that bad lately.

David O'Brien

June 26th, 2010
5:27 pm

Kawakami’s through five scoreless with one hit, two walks.

Check out the recording of the Levon Helm song that I used the lyrics for in the blog. I linked it above the lyrics, but here it is, too:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsuJa8oSH7s

The A Bomb

June 26th, 2010
5:29 pm

Blackouts are a joke.

You pay for a package you should get the games not in conflict with NATIONAL BROADCASTS.

MLB: Get out of the freaking dark ages.

McFann 1 :Ô: :Ô:

June 26th, 2010
5:29 pm

abwright

Brian’s middle initial is “M”! :evil:

Bartholomeeeew (Bat) Masterson

June 26th, 2010
5:29 pm

David O’Brien _ Good choice on Levon Helm

richbrave

June 26th, 2010
5:31 pm

DOWN ON THE FARM:

GCL: Four BRAVES hurlers fatten up their ERA’s as the home team loses 9-6 to the PIRATES, and fall into a tie with the GCL-PHILLIES. Interesting note; one SHOHEI SEKIGUCHI closed out the game for the BRAVES. A 6′6″ 225 left-hander. Second time out, 1.0 IP each time. The first game on the 22nd he allowed 2 H, and 1 ER with a SO. This time around, he threw blanks.

14 H and 4-14 with RISP. So many multi-hit players (6) I’m just going to list them along with a cursory intro;

2B ELMER REYES 2-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI 1 R. Nagarote, Nicaragua
RF DAVID ROHM 2-5, 1 R. Clovis New Mexico.
3B BRANDON DRURY 2-4. Grants Pass, Oregon
1B ALEJANDRO SANCHEZ 2-5. Valencia, Spain
CF KURT FLEMING 3-5, 2 R. Louisa, Virginia
C RAMON De Los SANTOS 2-3, 2 R. Boca Chica, Dominican Republic

JC from DR!

June 26th, 2010
5:31 pm

Hey look! KK has allowed 1 hit through 5 scoreless innings and the Braves havent scored sh!t! Yeah, KK zuckz!

Nick

June 26th, 2010
5:31 pm

About as easy of an inning as you get. Escobar, Blanco, KK.

David O'Brien

June 26th, 2010
5:31 pm

Scherzer gave up nine runs in 11 innings of two starts at Turner Field last season, but only three were earned.

He gave up 16 hits and 17 runs (11 earned) in 8-2/3 innings of his last two starts against the Braves in 2009, one in Atlanta and one in Phoenix.

extremus

June 26th, 2010
5:31 pm

Finally. Sadly it took Jason Heyward having to reach a point where the pain was severe enough that he couldn’t play through it anymore for what should have been done a long time ago to happen. Yes, this season is important, but how much damage and time spent recuperating may have unnecessarily happened because he’s been forced to play every day for weeks now? We’re talking about potentially affecting the kid’s entire career, because nagging pain has already affected his natural swing in the same manner that a knee injury affects one’s ability to walk up steps easily. It may take some time for that stroke to be found again now, though hopefully it’s not too late for it to happen this year.

Anyway, best of luck to Heyward on his exam. I think the Braves should go strictly by whatever the physician recommends if they feel he needs extended time off.

Bunny

June 26th, 2010
5:32 pm

Sorry 2 be off topic, but why isn’t Smoltzie on the PTV broadcasts any longer. I have missed him the last few times. TIA

Mitchell

June 26th, 2010
5:33 pm

VaBravesFan

June 26th, 2010
5:33 pm

i’m surprised cable companys and todays technology havent been able to make it a choice for there customers in for what games they want to watch. Why hasnt then been thought of? It should be easy to make it where the box ask which game u want to view since there are multiple games on that channel at the same time.

Mitchell

June 26th, 2010
5:34 pm

See, you gotta love Gregor. He makes stuff happen.

richbrave

June 26th, 2010
5:34 pm

McFANN:

You must cover your ears when your man bats next time. Wow, did you hear that?

JC from DR!

June 26th, 2010
5:34 pm

Nick – Yeah, Blanco was an extremely easy out there, wasn’t he?

Nick

June 26th, 2010
5:34 pm

JC, looks out to me.

Mitchell

June 26th, 2010
5:35 pm

BoroBall3

June 26th, 2010
5:36 pm

….fundamentals… kenshin could only help himself there… now prado has to hit a bomb

McFann 1 :Ô: :Ô:

June 26th, 2010
5:36 pm

richbrave

Yes. 8O He tends to get mad at himself…

But I won’t have to cover my ears next time…’cause he’s gonna get a HIT!

JC from DR!

June 26th, 2010
5:36 pm

Nick – Ha! dear god…

Steve from OH

June 26th, 2010
5:36 pm

VaBravesFan–don’t ask rational questions when money, ESPN, and most importantly FOX are involved. Big money TV contracts for MLB=archaic rules and screwed-over fans.

McFann 1 :Ô: :Ô:

June 26th, 2010
5:36 pm

Sweet! Let’s score!!!

Mitchell

June 26th, 2010
5:36 pm

There’s your mistake.

Let’s try not to pop it up MC.

The A Bomb

June 26th, 2010
5:37 pm

MLB is naive and stupid when it comes to this…. Just like when they had their own idiotic network a few years back where playoff games were actually run head-to-head so fans couldn’t get all the games.

NFL gets it.

MLB: Cro-Magnin Men

Da Mick

June 26th, 2010
5:37 pm

This is too similar to last season’s Jordan Schafer scenario to be acceptable. In terms of the deep water, money and attention inlvolved at this level of this sports entertainment business, these young jocks are still children mentally. Someone in management should be figuring this kind of thing out sooner than this, and acting on it. That situation with Schafer last year was irresponsible, embarrasing and potentially tragic, and here we have almost a carbon copy involving not only the future face of the franchise, but potentially one of the greats in the sport. In my opinion Bobby Cox and his coaching staff are a bunch of oafs who appear to be faking “the expertise” of their many years, on a daily basis. But frankly, after so many of the habitual actions, and mostly needed non-actions, we’ve seen over the last couple of years, which border on the pathetic, that idea shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Mr. Wren, It’s obvious that too many non-players in the dugout are not doing their jobs, and should be fired.

VaBravesFan

June 26th, 2010
5:37 pm

Blanco is good enough to be a 4th outfielder for a full year

BravesFanChris25

June 26th, 2010
5:37 pm

Marteeeeeeeeen!!!!!!!!!!

Mitchell

June 26th, 2010
5:38 pm

No way in hell was that a strike.

Come on Melky.

Mitchell

June 26th, 2010
5:38 pm

That was totally a strike.

J-Hey

June 26th, 2010
5:38 pm

lol i knew that was coming. And KK you suck at bunting!

Bob Wickman's navel lint

June 26th, 2010
5:39 pm

BJ’s up 5-0 over the Phillies after 4 innings. Phillies just cannot score right now. Braves have got to bury them, before they wake up.

SID

June 26th, 2010
5:39 pm

might wanna swing it Melky

idfan

June 26th, 2010
5:39 pm

whats happening

VaBravesFan

June 26th, 2010
5:40 pm

another multi hit game for Prado.

Mitchell

June 26th, 2010
5:40 pm

Da Mick obviously hasn’t read all the recent news articles about the greatness of Bobby Cox.

He should know better.

JC from DR!

June 26th, 2010
5:40 pm

Nice Melky.

Mets loss, they now have a chance to take some ground… and look at this… They’re gonna keep this ”no scoring for KK” cr*p going.

richbrave

June 26th, 2010
5:40 pm

Crime Doggieeeeee

June 26th, 2010
5:05 pm
Somebody obviously doesn’t love their country.

Exactly, because watching a soccer game is the surest way to tell if someone’s a patriot.

Woooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LMAO, LMAO. Good ‘un CRIMEDOG. Hey MITCHELL. You like soccer? Your taste is in your mouth, dude.

VaBravesFan

June 26th, 2010
5:41 pm

Second Strike to Melky looked like it was about 5 inches off plate and the 3rd strike looked just off the plate as well but to close to take.

J-Hey

June 26th, 2010
5:42 pm

“BJ’s up 5-0 over the Phillies after 4 innings. Phillies just cannot score right now”

if you mean they can’t score in this game then …. yeah i guess you’re right but their last 3 games they’ve won with 7 runs scored, 12 runs scored, and yesterday they scored 9.

abwright

June 26th, 2010
5:42 pm

McFann 1 :Ô: :Ô:, June 26th, 2010, 5:29 pm … “Brian’s middle initial is “M”!”

So far today it’s not!

(ducks behind even better cover … )

andy

June 26th, 2010
5:42 pm

can we score some runs for this guy????? please

Firearm

June 26th, 2010
5:42 pm

Just got back from the bar after the WC game (and the Twins game! :D ) how’s Kenshin doing?

varoadrunner

June 26th, 2010
5:43 pm

ut oh, the 6th inning arrives for KK

Bartholomeeeew (Bat) Masterson

June 26th, 2010
5:43 pm

I know damn good and well I read the Braves medical guys said, Heyward’s thumb could not get any worse from him playing.

BoroBall3

June 26th, 2010
5:43 pm

leadoff walk will kill you every time… gotta get a strong hold here

Mitchell

June 26th, 2010
5:43 pm

It doesn’t matter how well or poorly he pitches, the Braves just do not score runs for KK and more often than not don’t win when he starts. That’s every reason right there why he should be out of the rotation.

We’re trying to win the division. KK needs to go… to the bullpen.

TnBrian

June 26th, 2010
5:43 pm

Not a good start for KK. This has all the makings of a big inning for Det.

Prove me wrong KK.

varoadrunner

June 26th, 2010
5:43 pm

so he walks the first man

One-Eyed Mac

June 26th, 2010
5:43 pm

What ever happened with Brent Clevlen? Is he still hurt?

David O'Brien

June 26th, 2010
5:44 pm

Kawakami failed to field Santiago bunt up 1B line. Tough play. Now two on with none out in the sixth inning. McDowell out to check on him.

varoadrunner

June 26th, 2010
5:44 pm

how many pitches so far for KK?

jim

June 26th, 2010
5:44 pm

Here in the NY market the FOX game is at 7 (Yankees vs Dodgers), but the afternoon games on MLB are blacked out too. SUCKS!!!

JC from DR!

June 26th, 2010
5:44 pm

Here we go… they wont score for KK. KK is running out of gas and heII’s breaking loose now.

abwright

June 26th, 2010
5:44 pm

The obligatory KK fielding error.

I Hate Liberty Media

June 26th, 2010
5:45 pm

Go home, KK.

varoadrunner

June 26th, 2010
5:45 pm

Does it take a rocket scientist to have noticed that KK cannot get through the 6th?

Bob Wickman's navel lint

June 26th, 2010
5:45 pm

Kawakami commits hari-kari on the bunt. Looking like loss 10 and a dismissal to the bullpen, hai. Sionara!

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