Two quick notes before the meat of the post:
- The draft mailbag will be posted Monday. My apologies for the lateness, my schedule has precluded much blogging this week as you may have noticed. Tuesday is the draft and we’ll be here chatting about it. We expect you to be here as well.
- cardsfan1, our resident tipster, indicated that Hawksworth got the callup last night. I’m a little unsure of this because of the risk involved in calling him up. He can’t simply be optioned down again and would have to pass through waivers. Now, the Cardinals have a plethora of guys like Hawksworth who are backend starter types so it certainly wouldn’t be a crippling loss but there’s more risk here than a Mitchell Boggs callup. This is all probably related to the Lohse to DL move, which, by the way, once again shows the incompetency of the medical decisions this season with regards to the DL.
Moving on. . .
Obviously Jess Todd didn’t have the kind of callup that we’d all hoped for. There’s not much to read into a night when 1) he’s pitching for the first time in the bigs and 2) the Rockies go to score 11 runs against some of our best relievers.
Inspired by The Destroyer’s promotion, bgh sent some quality shots of Todd from an Iowa Cubs v. Memphis Redbirds game. And, I hope he doesn’t mind, but I have to quote the first line of the e-mail, which had me laughing uproariously at work:
My girlfriend has been holding these pics hostage for about a month via her indifference to my baseball photos.
With much thanks to bgh, pictures after the jump. Don’t look to close, you might get hurt. . .