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Yankees star Derek Jeter in 2013 debut pulls quadriceps muscle

Derek Jeter (courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

There is no doubt the the New York Yankees have missed SS Derek Jeter and 3B Alex Rodriguez all season long.

Even without those two key players, the team has stayed in the American League East race which is basically wide-open for anyone to win.

That might be the reason they reinstated the 39-year-old Jeter to the active roster after a short stint in the minors.

The popular Jeter, spent just four games on his rehab assignment and was recalled to play Thursday against the Kansas City Royals.

It was his 2013 debut and the first first game he had played since last October 13 when he fractured his left ankle.

The long-time Yankees captain has another injury setback to deal with this time.

As the New York DH on Thursday, he ran out a ground ball during his third at bat in the fifth inning and will miss more action.

It was reported that Jeter suffered a Grade 1 strain of his right quadriceps muscle.

Jeter made a statement after the injury and is very diasppointed, obviously.

“It’s frustrating. I don’t know what else you want me to say. I worked hard to get to the point of rejoining the team yesterday. It’s not how you draw it up, but hopefully I’ll be back out there soon and help this team win some games.”

There is no timetable for his return to action.

 

Reds talking new contract with Broxton as closer; move would allow Chapman to start

 

Jonathan Broxton (courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

There are rumors out of Cincinnati that the Reds have had substantial contract talks about retaining reliever Jonathan Broxton with a multiyear deal.

If the Reds can sign him, they’ll be able to move Aroldis Chapman to the starting rotation with Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Bronson Arroyo and Homer Bailey.

The Reds acquired Broxton from the Kansas City Royals in the July trading deadline. He was 3-3 with a 2.82 ERA and saved four games in six opportunities for the NL Central Division Championship team.

Broxton is also talking to other teams to find a good fit, but he is giving the Reds the first opportunity to sign him.

No surprise! Indians designate Lowe for assignment

 

Following a 5-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Indians pitcher Derek Lowe did not know that it would probably be his last outing for the team. The Indians have designated Lowe for assignment due to his continued struggles on the mound. The Indians took a chance on Lowe over the offseason, acquiring him in a trade with the Braves, but the veteran sinkerballer has been hammered more often than not.

In 21 starts for Cleveland this season, the 39-year-old Lowe went 8-10 with a 5.52 ERA. Lowe stormed out of the gates with a 6-1 record and an American League-leading 2.05 ERA through eight outings before every start became a disaster.

Derek Lowe (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Over his last 13 starts, Lowe went 2-9 with an 8.28 ERA, allowing 65 runs (61 earned) on 97 hits with 28 strikeouts and 28 walks over 66 1/3 innings.

By designating Lowe for assignment, the Indians have 10 days to trade or release Lowe, or the club can send him outright to a Minor League affiliate if he clears waivers. There are certain that some team will take a chance on the 39-year-old veteran.

The Indians have taken Lowe’s spot on the roster for the promotion of Columbus right-hander Corey Kluber, who is scheduled to start against Kansas City on Thursday (today). Kluber has gone 11-7 with a 3.59 ERA in 21 starts for Columbus.

 

Info compiled from MLB,

 

 

Reds release veteran Jeff Francis from minor-league contract

 

When the Cincinnati Reds signed left-hander Jeff Francis to a minor-league contract back on January 25, it was to make sure there was a veteran arm needed if the starting staff needed help in case of injuries or lack of production. The starting pitchers have done their job all season and that’s why the Reds are leading the NL Central Division.

Francis on the other had has done a good job for a Louisville Bats team which has not played well all season. He has a 3-6 record in 12 starts with an ERA of 3.72, 65 strikeouts, 18 walks in 77.1 innings of pitching.

Jeff Francis with Kansas City in 2011 (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

One day after throwing a complete-game shutout for Triple-A Louisville, veteran left-handerĀ  Francis was released by the Reds on Monday, June 4 after choosing to exercise a June 1 opt-out clause in his Minor League contract.

Francis spent last season pitching for the Kansas City Royals, but his best years were in six seasons with theĀ  Colorado Rockies, where he went 55-50 with three double-digit-win seasons.

 

 

Info compiled from Louisville Bats, Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news

 

Purdue’s Plawecki named finalist for Dick Howser Award

 

Keith Plawecki (courtesy of Purdue athletics)

The Purdue Boilermakers baseball team has enjoyed a great season, going 41-11 overall, 17-6 in the Big Ten.

The program has achieved a season-record for wins as well as their first regular-season title since 1909.

One of the reasons is junior catcher Kevin Plawecki.

Plawecki has been named as one of 35 finalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, which is given to the top player in college baseball.

Purdue is 13th-ranked in the country in baseball.

The Dick Howser Trophy, given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop and major league player and manager, who died of brain cancer in 1987, is regarded by many as college baseball’s most prestigious award. Criteria for consideration of the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character and courage, qualities that were exemplified by Dick Howser’s life.

The Dick Howser Trophy winner is determined by two rounds of national voting by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The award will be presented on Friday, June 15, the opening day of the 2012 College World Series.

A Florida native, Howser was twice an All-America shortstop at Florida State (1957-58), then coached the Seminoles in 1979, after a career as a major league player and coach. After one year in the college ranks, Howser returned to the majors to manage the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals and won the World Series with the Royals in 1985. The baseball stadium on the Florida State campus is named for Howser.

Plawecki has started all 52 games for the Boilermakers. The clean-up hitter leads the team in doubles with 19, extra-base hits with 26, a .455 on-base percentage,.562 slugging percentage. He is second in runs scored with 48, walks with 23, in batting average at .366 and is the most difficult hitter to strike out in the Big Ten with eight in 200 at bats.

 

Info compiled from Purdue University & Big Ten Conference

 

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