Piniella Gets Vote Of Confidence
Despite a very disappointing start to the year, Cubs GM Jim Hendry says the team will be sticking with manager Lou Piniella for the foreseeable future. A 16-22 start to the season has raised questions about Piniella's future with the team; his contract as manager finishes at the end of the 2010 season. Piniella has led the Cubs to two division titles, but a disappointing season last year coupled with this year's slow start has led to the speculation.
Rollins Back In Lineup
After missing 29 games with a calf injury, Jimmy Rollins is back in the Philadelphia Phillies lineup. Rollins batted third in his return to the club, and made the most of his first appearance back. The shortstop went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. He also drew a walk.
Rollins had been out since April 12th after injuring his calf during pre-game warm-ups. Before the injury, the former MVP was enjoying an outstanding season, as those who bet MLB can attest. He was hitting .391 with a .516 OBP.
Nationals Call Up Phenom…No, Not That One
The Washington Nationals, experiencing their best start since moving to D.C., have called up one of their top prospects to help shore up their pitching staff. Drew Storen, the 10th pick of the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft, has been called up by Washington.
Storen, a righty out of Stanford, is considered the Nationals best pitching prospect not named Stephen Strasburg. Although he may not enter the role right away, Storen is expected to become the Nationals closer of the future. Those who bet sports are eagerly waiting that day.
Yesterday Storen made his big-league debut against the St. Louis Cardinals. He pitched two-thirds of an inning, allowing zero runs and striking out one.