Matsui to run bases soon; return could be near

Manny and the Bronx
Jim Callis on BDD

No, this will not shore up the bullpen, nor will it give us an extra starter. It could, however, mean drastically reduced playing time for Melky Cabrera. The AP reports that Hideki Matsui has intensified his running program, and will soon running the bases. His return might not be that far off. The only question is if his knee will hold up, allowing him to contribute to this still-frustrating offense.

Manny and the Bronx
Jim Callis on BDD
  • Andy In Sunny Daytona Beach

    ….but Melky had 3 hits yesterday.

    Ok, I stopped being his biggest apologist. He needs a new batting coach.

  • Steve

    LoHud is reporting the D-Rob could be on his way out.

    Who would take his place is an interesting question.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      It says that Traber is with the team.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona Beach

        Melvin Croussett. He’s got a cool name.

  • Ivan

    Well any healthy body coming back that can contribute is vital right now as the seasons dwindles down.

  • E-ROC

    Billy Traber? I guess they could use a fresh arm, but Traber? Refried beans.

  • Ivan

    Billy Traber sucks.

  • A.D.

    Didn’t think Matsui coming back would be at all possible, he’ll probably wear down quickly, even at DH

  • A.D.

    Apparently Washburn has cleared waivers….think the Yanks are going after him?

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2008/08/players-who-cle.html

    Maybe if the pen keeps this up we see Melancon in the Bronx this season after all

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I think the Washburn ship has sailed. The Mariners had their chance.

      As for Melancon, I’d rather let him ride out the season in AAA than throw him to the wolves in the bigs and expect him to be the bullpen savior.