Deadline has come and gone but that doesn’t mean efforts to upgrade the team have come and gone.

Starting tomorrow, teams will ask waivers on certain players.  If a player clears waivers, he can then be moved to another club.  Every afternoon, a confidential bulletin comes to our Baseball Operations Department from Major League Baseball listing the players who have cleared waivers.

Jamie Moyer, Jeff Conine and Cory Lidle were all obtained by us after the deadline in previous years. 

Next “deadline” is August 30.  Players added to the roster by that date will be eligible for the post season.  On September 1, rosters can be expanded for the last month but those players cannot be put on a post season roster.  Well, under some circumstances, there are exceptions.  Too complicated to worry about right now.

Shutting the door
Five batters, three runs.  That was Washington’s first inning last night and it looked as if we might be in for a long winter’s nap.

Jamie then shut the door…big time as he allowed no more runs on two hits through six innings.  He truly is the epitome of a true professional.  He has so much experience on which to lean.

Shane has 7 homers and 17 RBI this month.  Unless he hits 7 tonight, he will fall way short of Chuck Klein’s record for the month….14 set 79 years ago.  Klein drove in 40 runs that July and it, too, still stands as the club record.

Not downplaying 7 homers for Shane.  He’s game is speed and not pop but he’s on a long ball roll lately. 

Minor League Notes
Adam Eaton gets a start tonight for Lakewood against visiting West Virginia Power (Charlestown, WV, hometown).  He’ll shuttle between Lakewood (A ball), Reading (AA) and Lehigh Valley (AAA) for his starts. That’s one of the real benefits of having three minor league teams within two hours of Citizens Bank Park.  

Speaking of Lakewood, my apologies to the BlueClaws.  A couple of days ago, I wrote that hitting coach Greg Legg of Lakeland would be joining the big league Phillies while Roly de Armas is away for the Olympics.  I knew it wasn’t Lakeland.  It obviously was a malfunction of the keyboard! 

Thanks to Laura for posting the error.

RHP Kyle Drabek, No. 1 selection two years ago, had Tommy John surgery on July 25, 2007.  It usually takes a year before a pitcher can get back on the mound.

The 19-year-old right-hander started and went 3 scoreless innings yesterday for the Gulf Coast League Phillies.  “Threw ball great for first time out,” reported pitching coach Carlos Arroyo.

No Harry
Because of his recent eye surgery, Harry Kalas is grounded from airplane flights.  So, he will not be with the team in St. Louis for the weekend series that begins tomorrow night.

National TV
The original schedule says day game in St. Louis on Sunday.  But, it has been changed to an 8:05 game (EDT) for an ESPN Sunday Night telecast.


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