Category Archives: August Reports

August Injury Report – Week 1

The following is a list of injuries to players which occurred between August 1st and August 7th of the the SP78 season, with injuries noted by date, team, player, and number of days or weeks missed.

August 3rd

HOU: Outfielder Jose Cruz was injured diving for a fly ball during an exhibition game at Watt Powell Park in Charleston, West Virginia, and missed the remainder of the exhibition contest, as well as three regular season games. Medical reports indicated a ligament strain in the right ankle area, but a tear wasn’t ruled out, and Cruz returned to Houston ahead of the team for more examinations. It will be the third time this season Cruz has been out of action due to injury.

LA: Outfielders Dusty Baker and Billy North collided while chasing a deep fly ball off the bat of SF first baseman Willie McCovey, in the second game of a twinbill at Candlestick Park; Baker was put on the 15-day disabled list, while North was placed on the 30-day DL.

August 4th

MON: Starting pitcher Ross Grimsley pulled a muscle in his pitching arm on the first pitch of the game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, and left the game immediately. He will be out for 1-2 weeks.

August 5th

SF: Third baseman Darrell Evans and catcher Marc Hill were both hurt after they collided in foul territory while chasing a Bill Russell pop-up during the seventh inning of their game against the Dodgers at Candlestick. Evans was lost for six games; Hill was placed on the 15-day DL the following day.

August 6th

CHI-N: In Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Expos, Cubs outfielder Greg Gross crashed into the ivy-covered right field wall of Wrigley Field while tracking a long fly hit by Ellis Valentine, suffering a shoulder injury that placed him on the 21-day disabled list.

DET: Tigers starting pitcher Dave Rozema will be out 1-2 weeks with a pulled hamstring, suffered while pitching in the fourth inning of Detroit’s 9-1 win over the White Sox at Tiger Stadium. Rozema left after the fourth, replaced by Jim Slaton, and did not qualify for the win.

OAK: In a bizarre incident at Oakland, Game 2 starter Steve Renko was stung on his pitching hand by a wasp while standing on the mound during the game’s first out, and was forced to depart after facing just two batters. It’s likely he’ll miss 1-2 starts while the hand heals.

CLE: Tribe backstop Gary Alexander will miss an estimated one week’s worth of games after a jarring collision with third baseman Buddy Bell strained a tendon in his neck, after both chased a foul off the bat of Rangers batter Jim Sundberg that neither caught. Bell was not injured.

TEX: Rangers speedster Bump Wills was hit on the hand by an inside pitch from Indians pitcher Rick Wise, in the seventh inning of their meeting at Arlington Stadium, and was forced to leave the game to seek medical attention. X-rays proved negative, and Wills returned to action two days later.

August 7th

MIN: In a match-up against the Mariners, pitcher Geoff Zahn began to experience swollen fingers on his pitching hand after six innings of work, and was pulled from the game as a precautionary measure by manager Gene Mauch. Zahn will make his next start on August 13th, in a doubleheader against the A’s.

CHI-A: Rookie catcher Mike Colbern was injured in the eighth inning of a game against the Royals when he collided with third baseman Eric Soderholm, while both were chasing a foul pop-up off the bat of Frank White. Soderholm was not hurt, but Colbern suffered two broken bones in his right hand and was placed on the 30-day disabled list.

August Preliminary Report: Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays
• The Blue Jays enjoyed their first winning month of the season in July, going 15-13 and climbing to just 2½ game behind the sixth-place Indians in the AL East. The Jays will wrap up a 2-game series with Detroit on August 1st before taking two days off and traveling to Kansas City for a 3-game weekend set with the Royals.

• Jesse Jefferson was the toast of the Toronto starting staff last month, going 4-1 with a 2.87 ERA; in contrast, he was 4-9 with a 4.82 ERA through June. Another pleasant surprise was Jerry Garvin, a PB 2-5 starter who went 3-2 with a 2.48 ERA and three complete games in July.

• At the other end of the spectrum, reliever Mike Willis allowed four runs in 1/3 of an inning pitched, for an ERA of 120.00, before he was sent to AAA Syracuse. Continue reading

August Preliminary Report: Rangers

Texas Rangers
• The Rangers are the hottest team in the AL, having finished July with a 20-9 record for the month (and that after a 19-10 mark in June).  They’ll open August against the Yankees to wrap up a quick two-game series at Yankee Stadium. The game will feature a pitching match-up of Ron Guidry and Jon Matlack, both of whom have records of 16-3, and will be televised nationally on C-SPAN, with local coverage on KXAS in the Fort Worth-Dallas area and WPIX in New York.

• With Doyle Alexander getting roughed up as a starter (5-7 with a 7.03 ERA this season), the Rangers will switch to a 4-man rotation for August, with Alexander shifting to the bullpen. The starting four will consist of Matlack, Fergie Jenkins, Doc Medich, and Dock Ellis, with Jim Umbarger making spot starts throughout the month.

• Matlack, Jenkins, and Medich all went 4-1 in July, with a combined ERA of 2.81. Continue reading

August Preliminary Review: Mariners

Seattle Mariners
• After the Mariners enjoyed their miracle 16-game winning streak in April and May, they seemed to lose their footing a bit, winning just 21 of their next 68 to finish July in sixth place in the AL West, with a 48-59 mark. Granted, they’re only 17 games out of first place, which is not insurmountable with two whole months left in the season, but things are looking grim, and the M’s will need another miracle to finish ahead of Texas, Minnesota, and Kansas City.

• How valuable is outfielder Tom Paciorek to the Mariners? Besides the team’s drop from second place to sixth while he was on the 30-day DL in May and June, he was the only Seattle player in July to hit above .300 (.355, to be exact), and he currently leads the Mariners with a .328 average on the year.

• First baseman Dan Meyer, who was injured July 29th at Tiger Stadium when he ran into the M’s dugout chasing a foul in the first inning of their 10-7 win over the Tigers, will likely return to action when Seattle travels to Minnesota to face the Twins on August 7th. Bob Robertson will handle first base duties in the interim. Continue reading

August Preliminary Report: A’s

Oakland A's
• The moment I picked Oakland as my dark-horse contender for the AL West flag, they fell into the dumpster, losing 4 of their next 5 and finishing July in fourth place with a 12-16 record for the month. But after a few tweaks to their starting lineup and pitching rotation, the A’s just might turn it around in August and give the Rangers, Twins, and Royals a run for their money.

• Like most teams in the major leagues, the A’s will convert to a 4-man rotation for August, with three PB 2-7 pitchers (Matt Keough, John Henry Johnson, and Alan Wirth) joining veteran Steve Renko as manager Jack McKeon’s starting quartet. Rick Langford, a right-hander who made five starts for the A’s after his call-up in June, will make one more on August 1st before moving to the bullpen on a permanent basis.

• Keough, who’s pitching range of 2-7 would seem a lock for success, somehow went 0-5 with a 5.27 ERA in July. Continue reading