Big Show Update (5/24-5/30)
A couple movers and shakers to make note of in this edition of The Big Show Update.
|Still hanging around in AAA Indianapolis. In 3 innings of relief work this past week, Bootcheck only allowed 1 ER and struck out four. Currently only being used in middle relief work. Had a brief stint as closer (May 16-19) When he saved 3 games in 4 days.|
|CHRIS BOOTCHECK||AAA Indianapolis (PIRATES)|
ON THE MOVE: Bootcheck could be on his way up after the Pirates placed Donnie Veal on the DL. It should come down between Bootcheck and Steven Jackson:
Chris Bootcheck and Steven Jackson, both pitching in Triple-A Indianapolis, would seem to be the most likely candidates to be the callup. Jackson, who was recently acquired from the Yankees, is already on the Pirates' 40-man roster, so Pittsburgh would not have to clear a roster spot for him. He has allowed four earned runs in six innings of relief since joining Indianapolis.
|Gross remains a part of the Rays rotating musical chair outfield, seeing more playing time with the injury to Pat Burrell. But in 15 ABs this past week he posted a cool .133 AVG. only collecting two hits. Had a huge day Monday though. hitting a 3 run bomb.|
|GABE GROSS||Tampa Bay Rays|
|With Brian McCann back at full strength, Ross is seeing fewer and fewer games behind the plate. In the past week, He’s only started 2 games (5/27 and 5/30) with Saturday being his big day (2 for 3). He did take issue with Justin Upton “pimping a walk” that led to some heated moments in the Braves, D-Backs Game but now Upton says its a non-issue.|
|DAVID ROSS||Atlanta Braves|
|Still hurt. Still on the DL. Now eyeing an August return: |
Throwing with an effort level that he approximated as a little more than 50 percent, Hudson completed a 15-pitch bullpen session Tuesday and a 20-pitch session Wednesday. His current schedule has him targeted to throw 75 pitches off the mound next week. Hudson's right elbow was repaired via the Tommy John ligament-transplant surgery that he underwent on Aug. 8. Based on the progress that he's realized since interrupting his rehab process by not throwing in April, the 33-year-old right-hander still believes that he'll be pitching in a Major League game in August.
|TIM HUDSON||Atlanta Braves|
|It’s been a rough end of May for Register. It was almost a case of “The Sound of Thunder” where one small action prompted another which prompts another and so on and so on. First, Rockies P Matt Daley gets put on the DL after stepping on a baseball bat, which forced the club to make a roster move. So they called up Joel Peralta. Peralta wasn’t on the club’s 40 man so they had to make a move. That move was to put Register on waivers where he was claimed by the Phillies and assigned to AAA. In his first appearance for the club he gave up two HRs and got the L. Rough Go man.|
|STEVEN REGISTER||AAA Lehigh Valley (Phillies)|
|Christian is still biding his time in AAA Norfolk. He’s been hot as of late. In his last 10 games he’s hitting .273 with 3 triples. The bad news for Christian is that there are just too many better players around him who will be called up first. That, and the fact, that the Orioles OF is crowded as it is.|
|JUSTIN CHRISTIAN||AAA Norfolk (Orioles)|
|TUG HULETT – Kansas City Royals|
|The Royals, missing CP Joakim Soria on the DL and made a ton of roster moves. All told it was Six different moves that changed both the KC and Omaha clubs. Hulett has made 3 plat appearances since being called up, but has yet to record a hit.|
ALSO OF NOTE: For both Auburn and KC Royals fan this article here is a must read. Talking about his journey from Auburn, the death of his brother Sam, and his quest for peace.
|Of all the former Tigers in the MLB. Thomas is having himself quite a start to the season. Yes, he’s been hot and cold a bit, but his power is starting to come around (including a 2 Homer Game this past week). Jim Leyland (The Tigers Manager) loves him and he’s making a case to avoid being sent back down. He’s getting timely hits, showing flashes of a strong OF arm, and surprising power.|
|CLETE THOMAS||Detroit Tigers|
|Speigner has managed to stay aflot in AAA New Orleans. Nothing spectacular. He’s managed to go 1-1 in his last 10 games but did have a bad outing against Reno on May 24 where gave up 3 ER in just .1 innings of work.|
|LEVALL SPEIGNER||AAA New Orleans (Marlins)|