Good Omen?

Perhaps it’s just as well the Todd Helton for Julian Tavarez, Mike Lowell, etc. trade didn’t work out, as Tavarez doesn’t appear to have lost the edge he had at the end of last season.

Of course, it’s the Dominician league. Last year’s hero — high batting average, game-winning homers — was Alex Gonzalez.

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  • I believe the Yanks held the Melkster out of the playoffs, fearing injury, fatigue before spring training.

    YF February 6, 2007, 11:10 am
  • people say whatever they want, but Tavarez was more than servicable last year as a starter – especially towards the end. In fact, he was pretty darn good in that role for the Red Sox, and should make a good long man out of the pen or two inning guy late in games this year. Of course, it’s possible that he kills someone before that and doesn’t pitch at all.

    Brad February 6, 2007, 11:10 am
  • believe the Yanks held the Melkster
    ….or you hope that’s the reason; however, it wouldn’t impact them that much if it’s not, as the guy is the bench outfielder.

    Brad February 6, 2007, 11:12 am
  • Melky hit pretty well in the lead-up to the Carribean series, didn’t he?
    I think the Yanks were just being cautious with him. He’s “only” the 4th outfielder, true, but given the ages of the Yankee starting 3 OFers, he is likely to rack up a few hundred ABs this year.
    Or be traded at the deadline…

    Rob (Middletown, CT) February 6, 2007, 11:14 am
  • oh yeah, I know. I’m just speculating that if it is more than we know, it’s not going to impact this team on the short term.

    Brad February 6, 2007, 11:18 am
  • By the way, from Baseball Prospectus’ coverage of the series:
    “In the bottom of the sixth, there was a large conference at the mound to check Tavarez for injury. This followed a rundown play where Miguel Tejada, who’d committed a throwing error that put Gregor Blanco on second, caught Blanco in a rundown on a grounder to short. The injury check comes up badly–Tavarez doesn’t feel comfortable throwing practice pitches and walks off the mound with a noticeable limp. I’m sure the Red Sox brass won’t be happy about this.”

    Rob (Middletown, CT) February 6, 2007, 11:22 am
  • Wow, that Miguel Tejada plays every game, and still has time to play in another league. That guy is hardcore.

    Lar February 6, 2007, 11:32 am
  • All I want to know is why doesn’t NESN/YES air these games? I know I would watch them.
    I’m not all the worried about Tavarez, he’s psychotic, so I don’t think he actually feels injuries.

    LocklandSF February 6, 2007, 11:36 am
  • Did you guys listen to Mike Plugh’s interview on the Baseball Prospectus podcast from yesterday? He does a 10-minute thing on Matsusaka. I’m so interested in Matsusaka… I hope he does go 18-3 (the three losses being to the Yankees, of course).

    Chuck May February 6, 2007, 11:46 am
  • One thing that really comes through reading the BP reports from the Carib series is the level of play is SO much lower. Guys like Jose Lima are frontline starters. Scrubs who can’t crack AAA are starting games…
    Tejada must love it. He gets to be the hero – big fish in a small pond.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) February 6, 2007, 12:34 pm
  • Carribean Series games have been on SNY in the city for the past couple of nights.

    10019 February 6, 2007, 1:43 pm
  • My DISH Netowrk guide told me NESN would have the Caribbean Series. Instead it had Boston vs. New York Poker. :-P

    Paul SF February 6, 2007, 1:58 pm
  • The level of play might be pretty low on the whole, but I would still watch every pitch if given the opportunity.

    LocklandSF February 6, 2007, 2:31 pm
  • Tavarez has a “mild sprain,” Dominican pitching coach Juan Jimenez said. He won’t pitch the rest of the series, but the injury did not need X-Rays.
    So, apparently by “good omen,” I meant “bad omen.”

    Paul SF February 6, 2007, 3:59 pm
  • Francona is talking about it on BDD. He says he got nicked, but it’s not a big deal.

    Brad February 6, 2007, 4:09 pm
  • And even if he did… he’s not exactly the linchpin of the Red Sox pitching staff.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) February 6, 2007, 4:22 pm

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