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Luke Gregerson Injury: Updates on Astros Pitcher’s Oblique and Return

A key piece of the Houston Astros bullpen is on the shelf, as Luke Gregerson suffered an injury to his left oblique. 

Continue for updates.

Gregerson Placed on DL

Tuesday, August 2

Per the Astros‘ official Twitter account, Gregerson was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique. 

It’s been apparent something was wrong with Gregerson in recent days, as he hasn’t appeared in a game since July 27, and the Astros played 14 innings against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night. 

Gregerson has been Houston’s primary closer this season, racking up 14 saves in 44 games. The 32-year-old has a 3.09 ERA with 51 strikeouts, 0.893 WHIP and 26 hits allowed in 43.2 innings. 

Gregerson is an atypical closer because he doesn’t have overpowering stuff with a fastball that averages 89.4 mph this season, per FanGraphs, but his excellent command and slider allow him to miss bats at a good rate.

Will Harris has also been used as the Astros closer this season. He has a 2.08 ERA and 11 saves in 43.1 innings despite blowing two consecutive saves. Ken Giles also has experience in the role from his days with the Philadelphia Phillies. 

The Astros are still chasing the Texas Rangers in the American League West and three teams for one of the wild-card spots, so losing a key piece of the relief corps like Gregerson right now is a huge blow for a Houston bullpen that was already short on depth.

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San Diego Padres Pitchers Among Most Notable MLB All-Star Afterthoughts

It’s the same conversation, just a different year.

Every season, virtually every Major League roster has players deserving of All-Star selections that get left on their sofas for the weekend.

This year, the Padres pitching staff may be the most distinguished of the All-Star snubs.

The Padres have the best record (49-34) in the National League and boast the best team ERA (3.05) in the NL by a long shot (St. Louis is next at 3.28), yet couldn’t command enough respect to land a pitcher on the roster.

The Padres have as many All-Stars as the Pittsburgh Pirates, the worst team in the NL at 30-52.

Their one All-Star this year is Adrian Gonzalez, certainly deserving of his third invite as a reserve. He’s batting .291 with 16 home runs and 51 RBI.

Gonzalez was one of eight reserves selected by the players, coaches, and managers.

“It means a lot more than any other way to get in,” Gonzalez said. “They’re the ones that pay attention and really see what you can do on the field.”

Commissioner Bud Selig has vastly improved the dynamics since the infamous tie game in 2002 in Milwaukee. Selig gave the midsummer classic a facelift and decided the game would determine home-field advantage in the World Series—rather than the previous alternative of merely rotating home fields on a yearly basis.

An outdated component of the player selection process is the rule that each team has to have at least one representative on its league’s roster. In a game that is supposed to spotlight MLB’s best players, some superior players are left off the roster in favor of less deserving players from weaker teams.

This argument is strengthened by the greater urgency of winning the game, due to the home field advantage in the World Series at stake.

Players that are producing better first halves statistically, and helping propel their team to the top of their divisions, are not being commended for their efforts. With the All-Star game now in its eighth year of “meaning something”—it’s time to dismiss the one-player-per-team rule.

The 33-man rosters for each team are selected through the following process: Baseball fans vote on the starting position players (eight). The players, coaches, and managers vote 16 players; eight pitchers (five starters and three relievers) and one back-up player for each position. The manager selects nine players, followed by a final vote by the fans (via Internet) chosen from a list of five players.

It no surprise that the fans didn’t vote in a player from the often overlooked Padres roster.

But the fact that Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and other MLB players didn’t feel the need to include Heath Bell (MLB-best 23 saves, 1.77 ERA) or Mat Latos (9-4, 2.77 ERA) is an insult to the Friars.

“To be frank it’s kind of ridiculous I think,” Tony Gwynn Jr. said. “Every year somebody is going to get snubbed, and it doesn’t help that we’re on the West Coast where people don’t get to see our guys throw as much.

“Heath shouldn’t be having to get in on a fan vote, but that’s the way it works and hopefully we can get the fans behind him and get two guys in.”

The 22-year-old Latos (99.2 IP, 70 H, 91 Ks, 0.96 WHIP) yields the lowest opponents batting average (.193) among all starting pitchers, and most importantly, has been the most reliable pitcher on the team with league’s best record.

One could even make a case for Clayton Richard (6-4, 3.00 ERA), along with Mike Adams (2.25 ERA, MLB-best 21 holds) and Luke Gregerson (2.23 ERA, MLB-second best 19 holds).

The most deserving Friar flawed by the inept selection process is closer Heath Bell.

Yet, he isn’t shocked that Manuel left him off the NL roster.

“For the pitching staff I know there’s a lot of good National League pitchers out there,” Bell said. “From starters to relievers—he has to make hard decisions.”

Last year, when San Diego was in the cellar of the NL for the first half of the season, they received two All-Star selections: Gonzalez and Bell.

Bell (4-0) has struck out 49 in 36.2 innings, leads the league in saves, and already has two saves and a victory in the month of July, but does not have an invite to Anaheim July 13.

Unless, that is, Bell gets selected with the final vote for the last roster spot in the NL.

“At least I still have a chance,” Bell said. “It’s unfortunate that Luke (Gregerson) doesn’t have a chance anymore, or (Mat) Latos, because they’re well-deserving too.”

Bell is a candidate along with Carlos Gonzalez (Rockies), Joey Votto (Reds), Billy Wagner (Braves), and Ryan Zimmerman (Nationals).

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Luke Gregerson vs. the All-Time Greats of MLB

Gregerson is having an All World year for the Padres.

I was watching the New York Mets-San Diego Padres series last week, and in two games of that series, Padres’ manager Bud Black summoned Luke Gregerson out of the bullpen. In those two appearances, Gregerson faced six Met batters and struck them all out.

He went through them like a hot knife through butter.

I thought to myself, “Wow, Gregerson is having himself a pretty good year.”

Then I looked at his stats and realized, he is having a GREAT year. Have you seen what Gregerson is doing to batters this year?

In his first 32.1 IP, Gregerson has a 1.39 ERA with 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings and a 0.43 WHIP. That is one incredible start to the season. So it got me thinking once again. How do Gregerson’s stats compare to some of the all time great seasons by some closers?

Here is how Gregerson compares through roughly 32 innings against Eric Gagne’s 2003 season, Mariano Rivera’s 2008 season, Dennis Eckersly’s 1990 season, and John Smoltz’s 2003 season. It’s pretty interesting.


10′ Luke Gregerson – 32.1 IP, 1.39 ERA, 3.3 H/9, 0.6 BB/9, 10.9 K/9, 0.43 WHIP

03′ Eric Gagne – 32 IP, 1.97 ERA, 3.7 H/9, 1.7 BB/9, 16 K/9, 0.59 WHIP

08′ Mariano Rivera – 32 IP, 0.84 ERA, 3.9 H/9, 0.8 BB/9, 9.8 K/9, 0.53 WHIP

90′ Dennis Eckersley – 32.1 IP, 0.56 ERA, 6.2 H/9, 0.6 BB/9, 8.7 K/9, 0.70 WHIP

03′ John Smoltz – 32.1, 0.84 ERA, 6.7 H/9, 1.1 BB/9, 11.8 K/9, 0.87 WHIP

So as you can see, anyway you want to slice it, Gregerson’s 2010 season is comparing favorably to some of the best seasons by some all time great closers. Through 32 innings, Gregerson has given up less hits per nine innings and has a lower WHIP than any of the above mentioned pitchers. That is extremely impressive.

The only thing separating Gregerson from these closers is that he is not a closer. Unfortunately for Gregerson, Heath Bell is closing games in San Diego, so he doesn’t get the recognition he deserves.

With the Padres having success as a team in 2010, they should have more than one representative in this year’s All Star Game. After Adrian Gonzalez and Heath Bell, I think Gregerson should get the recognition he deserves and be the Padres’ third All Star.

Without much fanfare, Gregerson is having an all time great season. It’s time for it to be recognized.


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