Monday, February 23, 2009

The Astros and White Sox are trying to figure out who will get the bill

Toby Hall has decided to have surgery on his torn labrum, JJO says.

So the Astros will void Hall's contract (meaning your depth chart is C1 - Q, C2 - Palmisano, C3 - Towles), but the question arises: Who pays for the surgery? The Astros - who had him under contract when things got so dire in his shoulder that they blew apart from stress (dramatic, I know)? Or the White Sox - who had Hall under contract when he initially hurt his shoulder?

"We're going to need somebody that's going to be able to go out there two, three or maybe four days and catch," Wade said. "And it doesn't fit with what Toby's desires are. He wants to get to the point where he's out catching on a regular basis. After discussing with him, he's going to opt to have the surgery done to repair the labrum.

"He's had this issue. He dislocated this shoulder back in the latter parts of spring training in 2007 with the White Sox and never had it surgically repaired. But the recommendation is at this point that in order for him to continue his career at the level he wants to continue it to go ahead not waste time and get the surgery done."

Pretty brutal, because Hall had a great shot of making the 25-man roster.


Spruce said...

So, what are the rules with Palmisano? Is he guaranteed a roster spot no matter what or does he still have a chance of not making the team out of Spring Training?

Also, if he ends up on our roster and he and Q are stinking it up and they want to bring Towles or Castro up for a look, what are the options? Does Q have any options left or would we have to carry three catchers in that situation?

This all kind of makes me wish they had made a LoDuca or Pudge signing.

The Constable. said...

Spruce is the best.

Basically, he isn't guaranteed a spot on the roster - but if the Astros take him off the 25 man roster, he will go back to the club that lost him (in his case, the Orioles, naturally).

So he's not guaranteed anything, but they're more likely to give him a longer look. I think Quintero does have at least one option left, but I believe Quintero would have to totally crap the bed to not have one of those spots.

If they wanted to look at Towles, provided he's in Round Rock, I think Palmisano would have to be on the DL, or you're right - they'd have to carry three catchers.

Having an experienced option at C would be nice, agreed.