Anthony Rendon received full clearance to resume all baseball activity after being on the sidelines for the last five months, according to Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle. Anthony suffered his second major ankle injury in the last two summers when he had a fracture dislocation on July 14th in a Team USA exhibition game. In 2009, he tore ligaments in that same ankle. Rendon won the 2010 Dick Howser Award given to the top college baseball player in the country after hitting .394 with 26 homers and 85 RBI. Continue reading
Barret Loux worked out for 14 MLB teams on Friday afternoon in College Station, Texas. He was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the sixth overall pick but failed his physical due to shoulder and elbow concerns according to multiple reports. MLB declared Loux a free agent and gave the Diamondbacks compensatory picks. You can check out the MyFoxHouston report below which fails to talk about the reason the Diamondbacks failed to sign him.
Anthony Rendon (2010 TCBB Top 100 Countdown: #18) who has been hampered this summer by a major foot/ankle injury is looking to bring the Rice Owls back to Omaha for the first time since 2008. The major question mark with Rendon is how his foot/ankle will recover from having six screws inserted into his fibula which according to many sources he is on his way to a full recovery. It is the second consecutive summer that he has been shutdown after a terrible ankle injury as he tore ligaments in that same ankle in the Baton Rouge Super Regional in 2009. The other question with the Rice Owls is the fact they will have to get through either TCU or Texas in the Super Regionals this season to make it back to the promise land.
Arizona State LHP Josh Spence appeared in a CCBL game on Saturday night where he pitched two innings giving up one unearned run against the Chatham Anglers. Josh wanted to address some of the questions that have been swirling since his injury.
Josh sent us the following statement:
Josh Spence pitched well tonight in 2 innings of work for the Cotuit Kettleers, giving up one unearned run while surrendering three hits and striking out five batters. Spence earned a no-decision for the effort against the Chatham Anglers. The possibility of Spence taking a medical redshirt was floated out there by Jeff Metcalfe of the Arizona Republic, but it looks like with tonight’s appearance, Josh is leaning towards signing with the Padres. If tonight’s work wasn’t evidence enough, Spence was quoted in the Geelong Advertiser as saying:
“I’ll just get healthy and try and pursue that opportunity out there and then hopefully everything works out with the Padres and I’ll be wearing a Padres uniform in a short time.”
Sounds like he’s going to be working out the nerve issue in his elbow as he pitches and could reunite with Pat Murphy back in San Diego, that is if Murphy doesn’t get a job coaching elsewhere.
UCLA sophomore second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla will miss the 2010 College World Series after breaking his wrist in the postgame celebration on Sunday. He is currently hitting .328 with seven homers and 45 RBI on the year. This is a key loss for the Bruins as he is the team’s number three hitter in the order and provides leadership on the field. We should see how this effects the Bruins offense which heading into the CWS was the weakest out of the eight teams left.
H/T to Bruins Nation
Cal-State Fullerton Titans Center Fielder Gary Brown broke his middle finger on his left hand sliding into second base on a successful steal attempt at Long Beach State on Sunday, but will not require surgery. Brown has been a beast all season and will be tough to replace. My best guess is that Austin Kingsolver could be sent to Center Field. Kingsolver started quite a few games early in the season in left field but is only hitting at a .242 clip and has been used primarily as a pinch hitter since, while Brown led the Titans with a .438 average. Brown could be the unanimous Big West Player of the Year, as he leads the conference in 7 categories, including Batting Average, On Base Percentage, Slugging Percentage, Runs, Hits, Triples and Stolen Bases.
I’m guessing that RF Casey Watkins will be moved up to the 2nd spot in the batting order, as Titan Head Coach Dave Serrano really like his 3-4-5 combo of Lopez, Pill and Ramirez, but we will see come tomorrow as Loyola Marymount comes in for a game at Goodwin Field. Fullerton has a crucial home game coming up next Tuesday against UCLA that could be a defacto #8 National Seed playoff game, meaning the winner of that game will probably host a Super Regional between the two teams in a few weeks. Bad break for the Titans.
Full release from Cal State Fullerton after the jump.
A very scary moment happened last Saturday at Blair Field as the UCSB Gauchos were taking on the Long Beach State Dirtbags. The first Dirtbag hitter of the bottom of the fourth inning was Shortstop Devin Lohman, and he struck a 1-1 offering that hit Capito directly between the eyes.
Capito was able to walk off under his own power, but the 1,279 fans in attendance got quite the scare. Nick not only was fine after the incident (minus some bruising and eventual black eyes), but he is actually slated to start on Saturday against UC-Riverside.
I was able to contact Nick and ask him a few questions, as well as obtain photos of the incident courtesy of UCSB Athletics. He shared with us his experience, including a certain friend who was looking out for him, as well as his thoughts on aluminum bats, as well as what he needs to accomplish the rest of this season and going into next.
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Noe Ramirez was reportedly injured in practice yesterday after taking a line drive to the face, and subsequently breaking a bone in his left hand during a fall. He will be re-evaluated today. Ramirez has been the shining star of the Titan pitching staff this season, going 5-1 with a 3.24 ERA in 8 starts, including 2 complete games. Mertins is 3-1 on the season and leads the team with a 2.15 ERA. The Titans travel up to Santa Barbara for a 3 game set this weekend after winning 2 out of 3 games against arch rival UC-Irvine. The full release is below.
It was announced today by Kentucky head coach Gary Henderson that Alex Meyer will miss the next 3-4 weeks with mono. He has been a key member of the pitching staff this season making eight starts but has been inconsistent with a 4-2 record and a 7.30 ERA. We should see how this affects the Wildcats over the next couple of weeks. You can check out the full press release below.