News out of Los Angeles is that prolific right-handed relief pitcher Scott Proctor is headed to the disabled list with an elbow injury. Seems as though Proctor was originally going to be optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas but after some prodding by manager Joe Torre, Proctor admitted he had an ouchie on his pitching arm. Sounds a little suspect to me! What gives, Dodgers beat writer Tony Jackson?
"I know it sounds like he just did that to keep from going to the minor leagues," Torre said. "But I checked with (trainer) Stan (Conte), and I think he had the same conversation with (Proctor) late last night." Torre went on to say that Proctor isn't the type of pitcher to admit -- either to his manager or to himself -- that he is hurt. "Scotty is that guy who figures that even in spite of it, he can go out and get people out," Torre said. Torre said Proctor was even willing to accept the option and go to Vegas and pitch hurt, but that club officials weren't going to allow him to do that.
What is it with professional baseball players not wanting to go to Las Vegas? First, Marcus Giles signed a minor league deal to play for the 51's and even started driving to Vegas before he turned around at the last minute. Now, the Proctor thing. Next thing you know, Andre Ethier will refuse assignment to Las Vegas because the restaurant scene is stagnant.
As for Mr. Proctor, the Fifth Outfielder blog took a sabermetric look at Scott's numerous appearances. They figured out that among the top ten pitchers in relief innings over the past three seasons, Proctor had the highest ERA and the only negative Win Probability Added. Basically: he reduced his team's chances of winning when entering the game.
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