Well, thank God we got a few seasons of below market value production from Colby Lewis, because he is going to need surgery on his hip and will be out for the rest of the season. They should probably do thoracic outlet surgery while they've got him on the table.
Leave it to David Murphy to make us miss Nelson Cruz's fielding. Jeff Wilson says Washington is unlikely to play Murphy in right field again this year, and, as for Leonys Martin in left, says "I'm through with that, too." That Jeff Wilson notes column also says that Ogando knows he's nearing David-Murphy-in-left-field territory as a starting pitcher. Wilson has an additional post on the David Murphy in right field experiment, and the last paragraph reads like the setup for an LSAT logic problem.
T.R. Sullivan's notes quote Jon Daniels as saying that PED usage makes player evaluation much more difficult because you never know if a potential target is getting "the good sh!t." He also updates us on Matt Harrison, who hopes to be ready when he's needed, and quotes Bob Melvin saying our lineup is still good without Nelson Cruz.
Evan Grant wonders if Profar is hitting better because he's not playing in the outfield anymore, but Ron Washington and Jurickson Profar tell him to stop being ridiculous because that has nothing to do with it.
Cody Buckel returned to the mound on Monday, albeit with the training wheels still on in the Arizona Rookie League, and RHP's Nick Martinez and Jerad Eickhoff were promoted from Myrtle Beach to Frisco..
Poochie MacMahon says that Harrison feels "100% healthy," Ogando had better stop being terrible if he expects to continue starting when Harrison returns, and Lance Berkman may return soon. Maybe.
Finally, here's a fascinating article on the Good Process / Bad Process paradigm that shows through the wonders of math that it's better to avoid doing stupid things than it is to do smart things.