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Sunday Morning Baseball & Breakfast: Hudson, Neshek, Plouffe & Hardy


  • Orlando Hudson is technically "day to day", as he's been diagnosed with a bruised right elbow according to a Tweet from Joe C.  In a later Tweet, Christensen quotes Gardenhire saying Hudson couldn't grip a ball and they'd have to see how he felt before today's game.  I'd be surprised if Alexi Casilla and his .400 OBP didn't get a shot this afternoon in order to give Hudson's elbow two days to get healthy with Monday's off day.
  • Speaking of today, the Brewers wasted Manny Parra last night and will go with 26-year old righty Marco Estrada as their starting pitcher.  In 24.1 big league innings spread over three seasons, Estrada has struck out 23 and walked 10, allowing 22 runs (19 earned).  This will be his second career Major League start.
  • Over at the Strib before yesterday's game, Christensen reported that Pat Neshek and Clay Condrey will have throwing sessions today.  Both of these guys essentially demand space on the 25-man roster, so it will be interesting to see which two bullpen arms get the boot.
  • With J.J. Hardy expected back for the Yankee series on Tuesday (maybe?), today could be the last we see of Trevor Plouffe for a while.  It was good to see him finally get a chance.  We'll see him once or twice again this summer, but no doubt he'll be in line for a lot more time next season.