Crowded outfield in San Fran

JOEL COLOMBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:11 AM ET

That’s quite a crowd now on the outfield grass of AT&T Park after the Giants claimed Cody Ross from Florida on Monday. Having picked up Jose Guillen a couple of weeks earlier — giving them six established OFs (though Aubrey Huff was switched to 1B) — the Giants didn’t need yet another veteran right-handed hitter with occasional power. But they were intent on keeping Ross away from the Padres, so fantasy owners will have to live with fallout: Guillen, Ross and Pat Burrell all sharing left and right, Aaron Rowand reduced to backing up CF Andres Torres and Nate Schierholtz — oddly enough, the only pure left-handed bat in the lot — limited to a pinch-hit role.

— Speaking of crowded outfields, Dodgers’ Manny Ramirez has been scratched for three games in a row now, each time for a different reason, according to manager Joe Torre. It’s looking like he’ll wind up in White Sox pinstripes any day.

— Brian Fuentes owners have to be ticked off. The Angels trade their red-hot closer on Friday to the Twins, who put him in a setup role behind Matt Capps. Fernando Rodney, who had seven saves when Fuentes was hurt early this year, takes over the ninth-inning role in Anaheim now and for next season.

— Nothing official has been announced, but Koji Uehara appears to have emerged from the pack as the Orioles’ closer. He has earned his first three saves in the past nine days but, more impressively, has not walked any of the 45 batters he has face this month, striking out 14. And, though Uehara is a fly-ball pitcher, none have left the yard this season.

— Tried this one on a diehard Tigers fan in our newsroom: Who has the most appearances in LF this season for Detroit? Keep reading for the answer.

— Gregor Blanco is making a strong case to be the starting CF and leadoff hitter for the Royals in 2011. Acquired from the Braves for Rick Ankiel, the former Atlanta reserve has eight stolen bases this month for K.C., while batting .280 (23-for-82).

n Unable to land a big-name 1B at the deadline to replace injured Kendry Morales, the Angels now will fill the void with OF Juan Rivera and C Mike Napoli. Rivera is the far superior hitter against righties, however, and should get most of the starts.

— The trade of Ross to San Fran opened the door for Cameron Maybin’s return to the Florida outfield. We don’t suspect many of Maybin’s owners dropped him when he was demoted in June but he should get regular at-bats as the Florida leadoff man the rest of the way.

— In case you missed it, OF Brad Hawpe, released by the Rockies last week, was been picked up by Tampa Bay and assigned to triple-A. He’ll be up next week before rosters expand to qualify for the playoffs, and probably platoon at DH in place of Dan Johnson.

— Our Tigers expert made four guesses before another colleague chimed in with the unlikely correct answer: Utilityman Don Kelly, though the bulk of his team-high 57 appearances in right have been as a defensive replacement or after pinch-hitting. Kelly is having his best month of 2010 with seasons highs in average (.368), homers (3), RBIs (8), runs (8) and steals (2).

The En-right stuff

Is Barry Enright for real? It’s been 11 starts now since the Diamondbacks’ rookie was called up from double-A and, despite his 2.44 ERA and 1.18 WHIP, there are those who feel he is pitching over his head. Enright has gone at least five innings in each of his 11 starts, never yielding more than three runs. However, the righty — a strikeout machine in the minors — has a rather soft 39-22 K-BB ratio in 66 innings and has given up more flyballs than grounders in seven starts. Those kinds of numbers often are not harbingers of consistent success, at least not the kind he is enjoying at the moment.

Weird split

Brandon Morrow, TOR

Home games

8-1, 2.64

Away games

2-5, 6.31

Waiver watch

Ivan Nova — SP, Yankees

With some fine numbers at triple-A (12-3, 2.86) and a solid debut against the Jays behind him, Yanks are hoping young righty will augment rotation in September as they keep the arms fresh for the playoffs. He replaces Javier Vazquez for Sunday’s start against the White Sox.

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Jordan Walden — P, Angels

The Halos’ version of Joba Chamberlain, they are unsure if his electric arm will wind up as a closer or a front-end starter. Was dominant after being switched to the pen at double-A, but much less so in a brief triple-A stint before his callup. He’s struck out five in three relief innings and might now move into a setup role with Brian Fuentes traded.

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Jordan Zimmerman — SP, Nationals

His first start since elbow surgery wasn’t pretty on Thursday against St. Louis, but that should only serve to knock a few bucks off the bidding. He allowed just a run in his last 17 triple-A innings so he appears to have his stuff back and set resume his ascension up the NL pitching charts.

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Casper Wells — OF, Tigers

Big right-handed batter is up for his second stint and appears to have been slotted into the soft side of a platoon with Brennan Boesch. Hit 21 homers in triple-A but that .233 average and 111 K’s in Toledo make you wince.

Injury update

DUE BACK THIS WEEK

Alex Rodriguez, NYY

Lance Berkman, NYY

Nelson Cruz, TEX

Ian Kinsler, TEX

Aaron Cook, COL

Aaron Harang, CIN

Carlos Silva, CHC

Trainer's room ticker

Don’t expect Carlos Guillen (knee) back until mid-September ... Conor Jackson (knee) opts for surgery, set for Sept. 1 ... Brandon Phillips’ wrist is not broken and he should be back any day ... Adam Jones misses a few games with a bad shoulder ... Manny Corpas will need Tommy John surgery ... Shocker! Brian Roberts is hurt again, leaving Friday’s game with a strained hip ... Brett Anderson feels he’ll be okay after hyperextending his right knee on Friday night and make his next start this week.


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