Here are today's notes from around the league:
-P- Former Dodgers World Series hero and forgotten Pirate Kirk Gibson has been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. I wasn't a big fan of Gibson's when he managed the Diamondbacks, but it's a shame for anyone to have to deal with a debilitating condition like this. Here's hoping he's able to stave it off as long as possible.
-P- The Marauders announced yesterday that Clario Perez has won the Florida State League Pitcher of the Week award. Perez struck out 10 batters, walked one, and allowed no hits in six innings of relief. (He then celebrated the award by allowing three hits, two walks and two runs without recording an out yesterday, but hey.)
-P- Ike Davis is off to a great start in Oakland.
-P- Homer Bailey has been placed on the DL with an elbow injury that sounds significant. That's a blow to a Reds organization that can scarcely afford to be without its best players.
-P- Brandon McCarthy, a pitcher I wanted the Pirates to pursue this past offseason, will likely have Tommy John surgery. McCarthy has had plenty of injury problems, though I'm not sure if McCarthy's risk for elbow trouble was any greater than anyone else's -- most of his injuries have been shoulder-related.
-P- Travis Sawchik examines the differences between the Pirates and Cubs' approaches to team-building. The Cubs loaded up on hitting talent, while the Bucs focused more on pitching. The Cubs' approach seems like the lower-variance route, although the Royals basically did the same thing and are only now really being rewarded for it.