Pearlman @ SI:
The diagnosis has been around since the 1970s when, team physicians and trainers have tried explaining to players that the inexplicable, oft-unbearable pain tearing through their feet was an inflammatory process of the plantar fascia.
Or, in simpler terms: All homo Sapiens have a thick fibrous band of tissue that begins on the heel bone and extends along the sole of the foot toward the toes. When this band, aka the plantar fascia, becomes inflamed, it hurts. “Sort of the same as someone picking up my foot, grabbing a thick piece of wood and slamming it repeatedly into my sole,” says Morgan Valley, a former guard for the UConn women’s basketball team whose battles with plantar caused her to miss 23 games of the Huskies’ undefeated 2001-02 season. “It’s a uniquely terrible injury.” …
Speaking of injuries, read ‘How Bartolo Colon’s Fat Ass Resurrected His Career.’
Ballantini: Rick Hahn basically says White Sox will never offer a Cliff Lee-type contract to a P: “We can allocate resources in better ways”
Ballantini: Hahn on sabermetrics: It’s a factor in our decisionmaking but we dont mind othr people not thinking so. They dont need to see behind curtain
Cowley: KW asked about good and bad trades – said he thought his best was going to be Bartolo in 2003.
Gonzales: Fan asks if frank t considered as hitting coach. Oz: NO! Says coaches don’t make enough $ and frank can’t take heat — Ballantini: Says coaches don’t get paid enough, and you need to be a very bad hitter to be a hitting coach. Frank’s hitting came too naturally.
Good news everyone. tRA has made its way to FanGraphs thanks to Graham MacAree of Lookout Landing and statcorner.com. tRA is currently located in the player pages under the batted ball section of stats. Directly from the StatCorner glossary: tRA involves assigning run and out values to all events under a pitcher’s control and coming up with an expected number of runs allowed and outs generated in a defense and park neutral environment. tRA is on a R/9 scale and does not involve any regression of the rates.
some tRAs for 2009: Mark Buehrle (5.15), John Danks (4.50), Jake Peavy (3.17), Gavin Floyd (5.01), Jose Contreras (4.24), Bartolo Colon (6.01), Clayton Richard (5.01)
Fangraphs’ tRA is different than statcorner’ tRA though:
There are a couple things which are different between the StatCorner version of tRA and the version implemented on FanGraphs. The main difference is we’re using Baseball Info Solutions batted ball stats instead of Gameday batted ball stats. The other difference, though probably not as major is we’re using different park factors.
the statcorner values: Buehrle, Mark (4.50), Danks, John (4.00), Peavy, Jake (3.17), Floyd, Gavin (4.26), Contreras, Jose (3.65), Colon, Bartolo (4.70), Richard, Clayton (5.01)
BTW, here’s a more detailed introduction to tRA. And here.
Freddy Garcia has moved into position to start for the White Sox. The question is whether he will start Tuesday when the Sox need a fifth starter, possibly taking over if Jose Contreras should struggle, or provide insurance in September.
BTW, Bartolo Colon is rehabilitating his sore right elbow in Arizona.
The Sox announced this afternoon that they’ve placed Colon on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to July 25) due to right elbow inflammation. In turn, they purchased the contract of left-hander Randy Williams from Class AAA Charlotte. Colon was scratched from tonight’s against the Twins and Jose Contreras was tabbed to fill in. The move allows manager Ozzie Guillen to keep Richard in the rotation. Richard won his last start on Sunday, beating Detroit.
Randy Williams’ stats.
Merkin looks on the probable pitching assignments.
UPDATE: Mark Gonzales says the pitching assignments for the series against the Yankees are: Floyd, Richard, Danks, Buehrle.
Triple-A Charlotte pitcher Carlos Torres was scratched from his start Monday night, and a White Sox source said Torres was headed to Chicago for a promotion. Torres, 26, is 8-4 with a 2.20 ERA for the Knights. He has been used primarily as a starter this season, and several of Torres’ teammates who have made minor league rehabilitation assignments have been impressed with his control.
FS says Aaron Poreda will likely be demoted to Charlotte.
UPDATE #2: FS adds that Torres’ promotion will be short, as he will be demoted on Friday, to make room for Bartolo Colon.
“Freddy continues to throw,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “He’s got to take stuff very easy. We want when Freddy gets in our eyes, to impress us. We’re going to take our time with him.”
Carlos Quentin and Bartolo Colon updates also at the link.