The 2009 MLB regular season is officially over for all but two teams. The Twins and Tigers will play on Tuesday to determine the winner of the AL Central, and Kentucky native Jon Rauch should play a key role if the Twins get a lead in that game. Today, check out the BluGrass Baseball players making an impact in the final regular season games:
2009 Louisville Bat Homer Bailey won his eighth game for Cincinnati, putting him in good shape for a 2010 Reds’ rotation spot. 2009 Bat Drew Stubbs was 3-4, bringing his average to .267 in his time with the Reds.
Morehead alum Jon Rauch earned his 17th hold of the season for Minnesota, helping the Twins force a one-game playoff on Tuesday.
Bellarmine alum Todd Wellemeyer took his tenth loss of the season for St. Louis, finishing 2009 at 7-10, 5.89 ERA.
Former Bat Edwin Encarnacion hit his 13th home run for Toronto.
Tuesday marked the official expansion of MLB rosters from 25 to 40. While no team actually carries 40 players during the “September Callup” period, many teams bring some young players up from the minor leagues to either reinforce their team for a playoff run or have and extended audition for next season. We’ll use this post to keep track of any players with Kentucky ties that are called up to the big leagues as minor league seasons end. Major-league players who were activated from the disabled list because of the expanded rosters are also noted. New additions are bolded.
C A. J. Ellis — Los Angeles Dodgers — Dunbar Class of 1999
RHP Matt Belisle — Colorado Rockies — 2003-2004 Louisville Bats
C Ryan Hannigan — Cincinnati Reds — 2007-2009 Louisville Bats
OF Corey Hart (DL) — Milwuakee Brewers — Greenwood High
LHP Matt Maloney — Cincinnati Reds — 2009 Louisville Bats
RHP Carlos Fisher — Cincinnati Reds — 2009 Louisville Bats
3b Chris Johnson — Houston Astros –2007 Lexington Legends
SS Tommy Manzella — Houston Astros — 2006 Lexington Legends
3b Edwin Encarnacion (DL) — Toronto Blue Jays — 2005-2007 Louisville Bats
RHP Todd Wellemeyer (DL) — St. Louis Cardinals — Bellarmine
LHP Pedro Viola — Cincinnati Reds — 2009 Louisville Bats
2B Brooks Conrad — Atlanta Braves — 2003 Lexington Legend
RHP Matt Albers — Baltimore Orioles — 2004 Lexington Legends
1B Kevin Barker — Cincinnati Reds — 2009 Louisville Bats
RP Ramon Ramirez — Cincinnati Reds — 2009 Louisville Bats
The Blue Jays activated former UK pitcher Scott Downs from the disabled list Monday and added former Louisville Bat and Cincinnati Red Edwin Encarnacion to the DL to make room for Downs on the 25-man roster. Downs has served as Toronto’s closer this season and is 1-3 with a 3.41 ERA and nine saves in 12 opportunities. Toronto manager Cito Gaston said he wasn’t sure if Downs would return to his closer role.
The non-waiver trade deadline came and went today with only one deal involving players with Kentucky ties. In a deal that just sneaked in before the deadline the Cincinnati Reds sent Louisville Bats reliever Zach Stewart and former Bats Josh Roenicke and Edwin Encarnacion to the Blue Jays for third baseman Scott Rolen.