|Can a second opinion will save his season?
Brett Myers underwent an MRI exam on his hip Thursday and received bad news as it showed fraying and a possible tear in the labrum. He hasn't been placed on the disabled list as of this writing, but that seems inevitable after Myers revealed that "it sounds like surgery is almost 100 percent from the first opinion" and "they told me that my hip is f***ed up."
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. indicated that the Phillies would be open to a trade to fill Myers' spot in the rotation if he's indeed done for the season, but also made it clear that they're more likely to replace him internally with Kyle Kendrick, Carlos Carrasco, Andrew Carpenter, or Antonio Bastardo. Carrasco is the team's top pitching prospect, but he's 0-6 with a 5.81 ERA in nine starts at Triple-A.
While the Phillies hope that a second opinion can provide better news for Myers, here are some other notes from around baseball …
* Orioles right-hander David Hernandez made his MLB debut Thursday by giving up one run over 5.2 innings for a win against Detroit. Hernandez has never been highly touted as a prospect because of bad command, as he walked four batters per nine innings coming into this season. However, his strikeout rates have been fantastic and he showed signs of improved control prior to being called up.
Hernandez had a 2.93 ERA and 60/13 K/BB ratio in 43 innings spread over eight starts at Triple-A, giving him 595 strikeouts in 516 career innings. If the improved control is legit Hernandez becomes a very intriguing prospect, but he walked four of 25 batters Thursday while needing 108 pitches to record 17 outs. He's clearly worth keeping an eye on and the 24-year-old could have value in AL-only spots.
* Chris Ray missed all of last season following Tommy John surgery, but seemed to be doing reasonably well through his first 13 appearances this season, posting a 13/5 K/BB ratio in 11.1 innings. Things began to unravel for him last week and Ray allowed nine runs on seven hits and six walks over a four-inning stretch that earned him a trip back to the minors Thursday.
While his post-surgery struggles are discouraging, Ray still missed a fair amount of bats by whiffing 21 percent of his batters faced compared to 22 percent prior to going under the knife. His average fastball was clocked at 94.1 miles per hour after being 94.2, 94.8, and 94.7 from 2005-2007, so aside from command issues his stuff still seems plenty good. In other words, don't give up on him quite yet.
* Travis Hafner's comeback from a right shoulder injury was delayed for 3-4 days by rib soreness, but he resumed his minor-league rehab assignment Thursday at Triple-A by going 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. Assuming that he can avoid a setback while playing 2-3 more games at Columbus over the weekend, Hafner is on track to come off the disabled list Monday.
AL Quick Hits: After missing three weeks with a hamstring strain, Jorge Posada is slated to come off the disabled list Friday … Victor Martinez drove in two runs Thursday, but his OPS dipped below 1.000 for the first time since the third game of the season … Jason Varitek hit two homers off Anthony Swarzak before being ejected from Thursday's game, giving him 10 long balls in 133 at-bats after going deep 13 times in 423 at-bats last season … Clete Thomas led off Thursday, with usual leadoff man Curtis Granderson batting fifth for Detroit … Luke Scott had a pair of homers Thursday, making him 4-for-8 with three homers and seven RBIs in two games since coming off the shelf … Josh Beckett whiffed eight over seven innings of one-run ball Thursday … Jeremy Bonderman (shoulder) is scheduled to make another minor-league rehab start Sunday at Triple-A … Jacoby Ellsbury went 0-for-3 to snap his 22-game hitting streak Thursday.
NL Quick Hits: Carlos Zambrano has been suspended six games for his amazing implosion Wednesday, so he'll miss one start … Houston manager Cecil Cooper doesn't seem long for the job after general manager Ed Wade declined to give him a vote of confidence Thursday … Dan Haren threw seven innings of two-run ball Thursday, slicing his ERA to 2.54 with a sparkling 71/9 K/BB ratio … Anibal Sanchez (shoulder) tossed three scoreless innings in a minor-league rehab start Thursday at Single-A … Randy Wolf keeps thriving in his second go-around with the Dodgers, holding the Cubs to one run in seven innings Thursday … Jonathan Broxton was unavailable after throwing 38 pitches the previous game, so Ramon Troncoso picked up his third save Thursday … Tom Glavine (shoulder) topped out in the mid-80s Thursday, but still had five shutout innings in a rehab start at Triple-A … Xavier Paul (staph infection) has been released from the hospital, but is likely still several weeks from seeing game action.