October 12, 2012
MLB notes: Another fluke fells Giants' Affeldt
By QMI Agency
Jeremy Affeldt has suffered his third freak injury in about a year but hopes to be available for the San Francisco Giants in Game 1 of the NL championship series.
Affeldt was in the dugout after pitching the seventh inning Thursday against the Cincinnati Reds when teammate Gregor Blanco hit a foul line drive that sent the left-handed reliever scrambling.
Affeldt ducked out of the way, only to fall down the steps of the dugout and jam his left hand when he tried to brace himself, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
X-rays came back negative, although Affeldt had his arm in a sling.
"I'm just wearing it in case one of these knuckleheads tries to hit me with a champagne bottle," Affeldt told the Mercury News.
In September 2011, Affeldt cut his right hand, causing nerve damage, while separating frozen hamburger patties.
Last May, he sprained his right knee when he hoisted his four-year-old son, Walker.
ATHLETICS MIGHT SPEND
The Oakland Athletics front office is notorious for keeping a close watch on its wallet.
Usually, to pare the payroll, that means dumping players during the off-season who are in line for raises.
But after making the playoffs this season, general manager Billy Beane wants to keep the Athletics gang together.
"I think we're in great shape going forward," Beane told the San Francisco Chronicle on Friday. "By and large, if moves are made, it will be additions."
Manager Bob Melvin said he hoped the A's would bring back DH/outfielder Jonny Gomes, a pending free agent, and Beane indicated he would try to sign him.
"The idea is to have this club back," Beane said.
The A's lost 3-2 to the Detroit Tigers in a best-of-five division series that ended Thursday. Beane called it "arguably the most enjoyable year I've had."
ROCKIN' CHAIR FOR ROLEN?
Cincinnati Reds third baseman Scott Rolen may have played his final major league game.
An official announcement isn't expected until later in the off-season.
Rolen struck out Thursday in the ninth inning with two runners on base, ending the Reds season. They lost the game, 6-4, to the San Francisco Giants, and the NL division series, 3-2.
Asked about his plans for next season Rolen, 37, said he was "going to go home and be a dad."
Rolen hit .281 with 316 home runs and eight Gold Gloves over 17 seasons.
Texas Rangers reliever Mike Adams will have surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, which has caused him neck and shoulder problems. St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter had the same surgery last July. Adams, 34, will be a free agent this off-season ... General manager Frank Wren has been given a contract extension through the 2014 season by the Atlanta Braves. Wren has been in charge of the Braves for five years, twice making the playoffs. The Braves also promoted John Coppolella from director of pro scouting to assistant general manager.