* As expected, Adrian Beltre will undergo shoulder surgery today and MLB.com reports that the best-case scenario has him returning in mid-August. Seattle will miss Beltre's outstanding glove and may choose to further weaken their defense in the hopes of helping the league's worst offense by shifting Russell Branyan to third base while using prospect Mike Carp at first base.
* Despite hitting just .250/.298/.303 with poor defense Emilio Bonifacio still has people defending his play via cliches and platitudes, as Juan C. Rodriguez of the Florida Sun-Sentinel writes stuff like "he's shown no signs of being a 'me' player." My guess is that there aren't many 24-year-olds posting a .601 OPS in their first full season who qualify as "me" players.
* Both the San Francisco Chronicle and Chicago Tribune report that the Giants are interested in Jermaine Dye, but as Dye himself notes the White Sox probably aren't in sell mode right now after finally climbing back to .500 with yesterday's win.
* In a recent Sports Illustrated poll Lou Piniella was named the manager players would least like to play for. And the amazing thing is that Milton Bradley wasn't even eligible to vote for him.