AROUND THE HORN

Cecil Whig - - INSIDEBASEBALL -

On Sept. 18, the Padres’ Adam Ros­ales, play­ing in a mostly mean­ing­less game against the Rock­ies, home­red off of Chad Bet­tis to give his team a 1–0 lead. What fol­lowed was one of the more touch­ing scenes of the season. Ros­ales sprinted around the bases and just be­fore step­ping on home, raised his right hand above his head and then brought it down in some­thing re­sem­bling a gator-chop as he slapped his left hand. That was a trib­ute to team­mate Yangervis So­larte, who does that after each of his home runs. So­larte was ab­sent from the team after his wife died of cancer the day be­fore. So­larte had been play­ing through his wife’s ill­ness, but had been called home the day be­fore as it wors­ened. The Padres had de­cided that they would honor their team­mate by mim­ick­ing his cel­e­bra­tion as he was ab­sent. Some­how, So­larte has man­aged a ca­reer­high 15 home runs in 101 games this season, and the Padres say they’ll give him as much time to re­turn as pos­si­ble. Yuli­ett So­larte, 31, leaves be­hind three young daugh­ters. …

So­larte’s gen­eral man­ager, A.J. Preller, grabbed big­ger head­lines dur­ing the week after Ma­jor League Base­ball sus­pended him for 30 days and fined the Padres an undis­closed amount after it was learned that Preller kept one set of in­jury re­ports for the team’s pri­vate use, and an­other one that was used pub­licly. That fact came to light a cou­ple of months after the team traded pitcher Drew Pomer­anz to Bos­ton for An­der­son Espinosa, the 18-year-old who’s one of the top pitch­ing prospects in base­ball. This came on the heels of Pomer­anz giv­ing up nine earned runs in 5.2 in­nings in the two starts lead­ing to the sus­pen­sion, though Bos­ton had filed the com­plaint shortly after learn­ing that it wasn’t given Pomer­anz’s com­plete med­i­cal records at the time of the trade. That also calls into ques­tion what else Preller knew that he didn’t share re­gard­ing other trades he made this summer. San Diego dealt James Shields to the White Sox on June 4; the 34-year-old righthander has posted a 6.94 ERA for Chicago in his 19 starts there. Ear­lier in the year, San Diego took pitcher Colin Rea, part of the An­drew Cash­ner trade, back from Florida just days after trad­ing him. Rea left his first start with an el­bow in­jury that re­sulted in him miss­ing the rest of this season and pos­si­bly all of next. …

The Na­tion­als are now won­der­ing whether starter Stephen Stras­burg will be avail­able for the play­offs. Side­lined with what was termed a “strained flexor mass,” Stras­burg spent the mid­dle part of the month get­ting a sec­ond opin­ion on the in­jury and the se­ri­ous­ness of it. The oft-in­jured pitcher hasn’t made a qual­ity start since Aug. 1.

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