The Atlanta Braves are owned by Liberty Media, which late last week (per the Atlanta Journal Consitution) filed a document with the Security and Exchange Commission blaming an unspecified profit decline on Santana and Dan Uggla
Liberty didn’t specifically name the players, but cited “increased player payroll due to season ending injuries at key positions which required additional players to be added to the roster” and the release of other players whose “full (remaining) contracts were recognized” during the year for accounting purposes.
Those explanations are clear references to Santana, signed for $14.1 million after injuries to other starting pitchers last spring, and Uggla, released in July with about 1 ½ seasons remaining on a multi-year contract.
Santana, of course, is now with the Twins.
When the pitchers started throwing bullpens, I cited Glen Perkins as one arm to watch. Did the winter's rest-n-rehab suffice to fix the problems that ended his 2014 season prematurely?
So far, the answer is yes. Perkins, according to Mike Berardino, is throwing not only fastballs but sliders during live batting practice and getting swings and misses even when the hitters know the slider's coming.
Perkins will get an inning Wednesday in a game between the Twins and his (and my) alma mater, the University of Minnesota. Yes, the games are starting.
I spent much of the past week fighting a virus, so I can sympathize: There's a bug of some sort (reports are calling it the flu) going through the Twins clubhouse. Among the players who've missed workouts: Trevor Plouffe, Byron Buxton, Oswaldo Arcia, Kurt Suzuki and Trevor May. That's far from a complete accounting. It's probably not over yet, either.