Around the Majors: Schilling update

1) The Redsox announced Curt Schilling will start the season on the DL.

Schilling is still recovering from ankle surgery. He will be ready for Opening Day–but the one in AAA, about a week after the MLB one, on a rehab assignment.

After 3.23 ERA/36 RSAA and 2.95 ERA/34 RSAA seasons, Schilling had a 3.26 ERA/42 RSAA in 32 starts. He has a 3.32 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.22, and 327 RSAA in 482 games. Schilling has a streak of 4 consecutive years with 30+ RSAA. Jason Schmidt (2) is the only other pitcher with an active streak of at least 2 years.

2) The Indians placed P C.C. Sabathia on the 15 day DL and sent OF-1B Andy Abad, OF John Rodriguez, utilitymen Mike Kinkade and Jeff Liefer, C Dusty Wathan and Ps Kaz Tadano, Denny Stark and Chad Zerbe to the minors.

Sabathia has an oblique injury. After 3.37 ERA/4 RSAA and 3.60 ERA/13 RSAA seasons, he had a 4.12 ERA/9 RSAA in 30 starts. Sabathia has a 4.12 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.53, and 29 RSAA in 126 games.

3) The Yankees released OF Doug Glanville.

Glanville has -112 RCAA/.695 OPS in 1115 career games, including a .265 SLG, .244 OBA, .510 OPS, -16 RCAA in 87 games with the 2004 Phillies.

4) The Phillies sent OF Jim Rushford and Ps Martire Franco and Clay Condrey to the minors.

5) The Twins placed P Grant Balfour on the 15 day DL.

Balfour has a strained right forearm. He has a 4.63 ERA/0 RSAA in 55 career games, including a 4.35 ERA/2 RSAA in 36 games in 2004.

6) The Cubs sent INF Ronny Cedeno, C Casey Kopitzke and Ps Angel Guzman and Jermaine Van Buren to the minors.

7) According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Devil Rays are interested in Pirates utilityman Rob Mackowiak.

8) Last week, the Devil Rays signed OF Alex Sanchez.

Sanchez had been released by the Tigers.

9) The Nationals traded P Seth Greisinger to the Braves for a player to be named later.

Greisinger has a 5.56 ERA/-24 RSAA in 41 career games, including a 6.18 ERA/-8 RSAA in 9 starts (12 games) with the 2004 Twins.

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10) According to the Washington Post, the Nationals are talking to Rey Ordonez, for a backup position, but are prepared to the start the season without making an acquisition.

11) According to the Miami Herald, the Marlins are interested in Bobby Higginson, if the Tigers release him and succeed in voiding the final year of his contract.

12) The Indians signed INF Danny Garcia.

Garcia was released by the Mets earlier in spring training.

13) The Rockies sent C Danny Ardoin and P Eddie Gaillard to the minors.

14) The Marlins sent 1B Larry Barnes, INF Robert Andino, OFs Jeremy Hermida and Mike Colangelo, C Ryan Jorgensen and Ps Frank Castillo and Bryan Corey to the minors.

15) The Indians named Jake Westbrook their Opening Day starter.

After 5.83 ERA/-6 RSAA and 4.33 ERA/-2 RSAA seasons, Westbrook had a 3.38 ERA/28 RSAA in 30 starts (33 games). It was his first season with a positive RSAA and Westbrook has a 4.37 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.57, and 5 RSAA in 104 games.

16) The Orioles sent P James Baldwin to the minors.

17) The Diamondbacks released Ps Juan Acevedo and Jose Jimenez.

Acevedo, who didn’t pitch in the majors in 2004, has a 4.33 ERA/15 RSAA in 366 career games.

Jimenez has a 4.92 ERA/3 RSAA in 329 career games, including a 8.42 ERA/-16 RSAA in 31 games with the 2004 Indians.

18) The Twins sent 2B Brent Abernathy, C Gabby Torres and OFs Jason Tyner and Todd Dunwoody to the minors.

19) The Diamondbacks sent INF Andy Green and OF Carlos Quentin to the minors.

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