Whispers: Sizemore's slow start inexplicable

He's experiencing power shortage again with no injury excuse this season

May 18, 2010|By Phil Rogers | On Baseball

Scouts are puzzled by Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore, who entered the weekend with no home runs in 121 at-bats. This is two years in a row he has started slowly, but his troubles last year were attributed to an elbow injury. … Minooka High School's Mike Foltynewicz is the buzz guy among Midwest scouts with the amateur draft approaching. His velocity has climbed through the spring, hitting 96 mph recently. … The Padres and Giants are looking for run producers but haven't reached out to Jermaine Dye. He could fit in left field in San Francisco but would be severely challenged by the open spaces of San Diego's Petco Park. … After two strong starts in a row, John Ely is set to spend at least the next month in Los Angeles. Dodgers manager Joe Torre says he's going with the rookie from Homewood-Flossmoor until Vicente Padilla comes off the disabled list. Ely could start May 27 at Wrigley Field if Torre decides to skip fifth starter Ramon Ortiz in that turn through the rotation. Ely had a 23 mph difference in pitches Tuesday against the Diamondbacks, throwing his fastball 91 and his curve 68. … Despite a 14-8 record there, Mets hitters still hate Citi Field. "I don't care if you bring in Mark Teixeira, bring in anyone, it's not going to happen here,'' Jeff Francoeur said about putting up big power numbers. … The Twins sent catcher Wilson Ramos to Triple A because manager Ron Gardenhire didn't think he could find enough at-bats for him with Joe Mauer healthy again. They would have to be absolutely overwhelmed to trade him, however. … Rangers manager Ron Washington waited too long to start getting closer Neftali Feliz ready Tuesday night, and Feliz's blown save became part of a 13-inning loss to the A's. You usually can overcome those kind of mistakes with pitching depth like Texas has. Derek Holland, promoted when Matt Harrison went on the DL, threw six shutout innings in his season debut. Power relievers Tanner Scheppers, Alexi Ogando and Pedro Strop worked alongside Holland in Triple A and could arrive to make an impact on the AL West race. … The disappointing Chris Coghlan could lose his spot soon in the Marlins' outfield to 20-year-old Mike Stanton, who is tearing up Triple A. … Is speculation about his next contract affecting Albert Pujols? He entered the weekend with an almost-mortal .977 OPS, which ranked 15th among major league qualifiers, between Joey Votto and Kosuke Fukudome.

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