(3/8/2009) In a matchup against the University of Michigan on Sunday, Mets OF Rob Mackowiak drove in six runs and scored four, finishing 2-for-4 with a double and a homer. He's competing for a bench spot this spring.
Mets invite Mackowiak to spring camp
(1/26/2009) Adding depth among their backup outfielders, the Mets agreed Friday to contracts with Cory Sullivan and Rob Mackowiak. Sullivan agreed to a $600,000, one-year contract. Mackowiak, whose deal was not immediately announced, got a minor league contract and would receive a $600,000 deal if added to the major league roster. In addition to his salary, he could earn $200,000 in performance bonuses.
Reds give Mackowiak minor deal
(7/6/2008) The Reds signed OF Rob Mackowiak to a minor league contract.
Nationals opt to release Mackowiak
(6/8/2008) Needing to clear a roster spot in order to recall a starting pitcher, the Nationals released outfielder Rob Mackowiak following Saturday night's 6-0 loss to the Giants. Mackowiak hit .132 in 38 games with a home run and four RBI. He was slowed by an abdominal injury in spring training. "I guess the only thing that bothers me is that when you decided to sign with a team, you were promised more, more at-bats. I understand they have their guys they want to play, so I didn't do well when I did get in there," Mackowiak said. "It's my own fault."
Nats going young in outfield
(5/22/2008)Austin Kearns has a sore right elbow and Thursday was placed on the 15-day DL. Right now it is sink or swim with three struggling youngsters in the Nationals outfield: Wily Mo Pena is only 25, while both Lastings Milledge and Elijah Dukes are 23. "Everybody's going through it," said Lastings Milledge, whose .241 average might be respectable if it weren't for the fact he's homered only once and has just 16 RBI. "The whole outfield's struggling. You can't single anybody out." After Milledge, there's Wily Mo Pena (.220, 0 HR, 5 RBI), Austin Kearns (.187, 3 HR, 16 RBI) and Dukes (0 HR, 1 RBI). Acta also plays utility men Rob Mackowiak (.171, 1 HR, 4 RBI) and Willie Harris (.170, 1 HR, 4 RBI) in the outfield, but it's hardly worth the bother with those numbers.
Mackowiak hits sac fly Monday
(5/13/2008) Nationals OF Rob Mackowiak was hitless in two at-bats Monday against the Mets, but walked twice, recorded a RBI on a sac fly and scored twice. Mackowiak is 5-for-13 (.385) with one homer and three RBI over his last five games dating back to April 30.
Mackowiak hitless in seven ABs
(3/20/2008) Nationals OF Rob Mackowiak (abdomen) was back in the lineup Thursday against the Astros. He was hitless in three at-bats and struck out once. He is still hitless in seven at-bats this spring.
Mackowiak hopes for weekend return
(3/15/2008) Nationals OF Rob Mackowiak, who hasn't played since March 1 due to the residual effects of offseason surgery for a sports hernia, has been working out at the Nationals' accelerated minor-league camp and hopes to begin appearing in big-league games again this weekend, according to The Sports Xchange. The veteran utility man signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract over the winter, and manager Manny Acta said he'll be an important member of the bench once he returns from his injury.
Mackowiak leaves game early
(2/29/2008) Nationals outfielder Rob Mackowiak came out of Friday's game against Florida in the sixth inning with weakness in his right abdomen after he rounded first base. Mackowiak reached on an error, but came up hurt after rounding first base. Mackowiak, who underwent offseason surgery for a double sports hernia, is day to day.
Mackowiak a versatile reserve
(1/22/2008)The Sports Xchange reports the Nationals admittedly had one of the majors' least productive benches in 2007, but general manager Jim Bowden addressed that concern this winter by adding several proven veterans who have thrived before as role players. Bowden believes three key free agent signings -- infielder Aaron Boone, outfielder/infielder Rob Mackowiak and outfielder/infielder Willie Harris -- will give manager Manny Acta plenty of late inning options.
(11/6/2007) The Padres declined their option on outfielder Rob Mackowiak, who becomes a free agent. Also, Padres pitcher Brett Tomko filed for free agency.
Mackowiak likely done for season
(9/22/2007) Padres UTL Rob Mackowiak (sports hernia) is likely finished for the season, manager Bud Black said Saturday. Mackowiak, who last appeared in a game as a pinch hitter against Pittsburgh on Monday, has been playing with the injury for some time. Mackowiak, acquired in a trade from the Chicago White Sox on July 31, has been used by San Diego primarily as a pinch hitter.
Mackowiak starts again Tuesday
(8/8/2007) Milton Bradley (hamstring) missed his fourth consecutive game on Tuesday at St. Louis due to his strained right hamstring, although manager Bud Black insists that he is not going to need a stint on the 15-day disabled list. Rob Mackowiak continues to be the beneficiary of additional at-bats, going 1-for-4 with a run scored.
Mackowiak fans in Padres debut
(8/2/2007) Rob Mackowiak, acquired from the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, made his Padres debut and struck out as a pinch hitter against Juan Cruz in the seventh inning Wednesday.
Padres add reserve OF Mackowiak
(7/31/2007) The Padres made a pair of trades Tuesday, getting infielder Morgan Ensberg from the Astros and outfielder-infielder Rob Mackowiak from the White Sox. The Astros sent Ensberg and cash considerations to the Padres for a player to be named or cash. The White Sox traded Mackowiak to San Diego for pitcher Jon Link. "I'm extremely disappointed," Mackowiak said before the White Sox played the Yankees in New York. "It hurts to go from the team you grew up watching and idolized as a kid." Link was 2-1 with 13 saves and a 3.07 ERA in 41 relief appearances for Class A Lake Elsinore. The 23-year-old righty is in his third minor league season.
Report: OF Mackowiak to Padres
(7/31/2007) Rob Mackowiak was reportedly dealt to the Padres on Tuesday before the trade deadline.
Mackowiak has three more hits
(7/18/2007) Rob Mackowiak was 3-for-4 with a double (9), run scored and RBI (31) in Wednesday's game at Cleveland. The Indians will be glad to see him leave, too, as he finished the three-game series 7-for-14 (.500).
Mackowiak drives in three
(7/17/2007) Jim Thome had three hits on Monday at Cleveland and Rob Mackowiak drove in three -- with two hits in the sixth -- for Chicago, which entered the week 10 games under .500 and 14 games behind in the American League Central.
Mackowiak perfect on Thursday
(7/13/2007) White Sox OF Rob Mackowiak went 3-for-3 with one run, two doubles and two RBI during Thursday's game against the Orioles. He is 11-for-19 (.579) with two homers and seven RBI in his last seven games.
Mackowiak touches all the bases
(7/8/2007) Rob Mackowiak, Jim Thome and Paul Konerko homered during a five-run third inning Sunday to help Javier Vazquez win his third straight start as the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 6-3. Mackowiak finished the game 1-for-4 with the solo home run. He is 8-for-16 (.500) with two homers and five RBI in his last six games.
Mackowiak tallies four hits
(7/6/2007) White Sox OF Rob Mackowiak went 4-for-5 with two runs and one RBI during Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader against the Twins. Mackowiak is 7-for-13 (.538) with one homer and four RBI in his last six games -- including three pinch-hit appearances.
(6/20/2007) Rob Mackowiak came on as a pinch-hitter in Tuesday's game against the Marlins and was 0-for-1. He was able to finish up in left field.
Mackowiak jerks a homer Sunday
(6/3/2007) White Sox OF Rob Mackowiak hit a solo shot off starter Shaun Marcum in Toronto on Sunday, his third homer of the season.
Mackowiak has a hit, strikeout
(6/1/2007) 1B Paul Konerko, LF Rob Mackowiak and SS Juan Uribe were each 1-for-3 with a strikeout in Thursday's game at Toronto.
Mackowiak hitless on Tuesday
(5/30/2007) Rob Mackowiak was hitless in four at-bats on Tuesday at Minnesota with a strikeout, as his batting average slipped to .225.
Sweeney starts over Mackowiak (.188)
(5/15/2007) INF/OF Rob Mackowiak's .188 batting average is the worst among White Sox regulars, including a .159 average over his past 16 games. Those struggles factored heavily in manager Ozzie Guillen opting to stick with rookie Ryan Sweeney in left field, using Mackowiak sparingly. "I defeat myself sometimes, swinging at bad pitches," Mackowiak said of the slump. "If you swing at good pitches and you hit the ball and make outs, you accept it. But when you swing the bat and defeat yourself, that's what's more frustrating for me."
Mackowiak plays on Friday
(4/28/2007) White Sox OF Rob Mackowiak (abdominal) returned to the team's lineup Friday against the Angels. He went 0-for-3 with a walk.
Mackowiak nurses abdominal strain
(4/26/2007) White Sox OF Rob Mackowiak, who left Wednesday's game with a lower abdominal strain, is questionable for the weekend against the Twins.
Mackowiak suffers ab strain
(4/26/2007) White Sox OF Rob Mackowiak doubled in the fifth inning Wednesday against the Tigers, but pulled up going into second and left the game with a lower abdominal strain.
Mackowiak smacks first homer
(4/20/2007) Rob Mackowiak and A.J. Pierzynski each connected for their first home runs of the season in Thursday's game against the Rangers. Mackowiak finished 2-for-3 with a run scored, a walk and two RBI, while Pierzynski's only hit was the three-run homer.
Mackowiak gets start in LF
(4/18/2007) Darin Erstad moved into Scott Podsednik's (groin) leadoff spot and Rob Mackowiak played left field Tuesday night. Mackowiak will likely play left vs. right-handed pitchers, with Pablo Ozuna getting in the mix in LF against left-handed pitchers.
White Sox need LF fill-in
(4/17/2007) The White Sox placed outfielder Scott Podsednik on the 15-day DL on Tuesday with a pulled groin muscle and called up reliever Boone Logan from Triple-A Charlotte. Rob Mackowiak, Pablo Ozuna and Brian Anderson will be the potential starters in Podsednik's absence. Ozuna has been a secret weapon against left-handed starters, getting the nod against LHP C.C. Sabathia on Sunday and going 2-for-4. With Texas throwing three right-handers at the Sox this week, however, expect to see Ozuna on the bench.
Mackowiak hitless in 2007
(4/9/2007) White Sox OF Rob Mackowiak is 0-for-3 in three appearances during the first week of the season.
Mackowiak has four-RBI game
(3/18/2007) White Sox OF Rob Mackowiak went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple and four RBI during Sunday's spring game against the Padres. He is now 12-for-33 (.364) with four runs, three doubles, one triple, one homer and eight RBI in nine spring games.
Mackowiak hits two homers
(3/12/2007) White Sox OF Rob Mackowiak went 4-for-4 with two home runs in the team's 'B' game Sunday.
Mackowiak won't start in center
(2/24/2007) White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen gets the final say on the outfield rotation, and right now, he's only certain about one thing: Rob Mackowiak won't play center. "I want to keep my job, and I think Mackowiak wants to keep his job, too," Guillen said. An important utility player, Mackowiak wound up seeing significant time in center last season because of Brian Anderson's struggles at the plate.
Mackowiak starts at 3B
(9/9/2006) Rob Mackowiak made his second start of the season at third base as Joe Crede sat out his second straight game with a sore back.
Mackowiak replaces Dye
(9/5/2006) Jermaine Dye left Monday's game at Boston in the seventh with tightness in his back.
Mackowiak pops third home run
(7/26/2006) White Sox OF Rob Mackowiak hit his third home run of the season Wednesday vs. the Twins, going 1-for-4 in a rare start in place of Brian Anderson in center field. He is hitting .307 on the year.
Mackowiak's streak ends in a pinch
(7/16/2006) Rob Mackowiak struck out as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning Saturday at the N.Y. Yankees, ending his career-best 11-game hitting streak.
Mackowiak has 11-game hit streak
(7/12/2006) Rob Mackowiak extended his hitting streak to 11 games on Sunday against the Boston Red Sox. He went 2-for-4 in the contest.
Mackowiak makes return to Pitt
(6/28/2006) OF Rob Mackowiak was in the lineup Tuesday in Pittsburgh, where he played from 2001-2005. He was dealt to the White Sox for LHP Damaso Marte during the offseason. By the way, OF Brian Anderson rejoined the team Tuesday after serving a five-game suspension for his role in a bench-clearing brawl against the Cubs last month.
Mackowiak snaps out of funk
(2:20 pm ET) OF Rob Mackowiak, who had been in a 3-for-20 slump, matched his career high with four hits Sunday.
Rob Mackowiak takes ground balls
(6/12/2006) Rob Mackowiak began taking extra groundballs at third base with White Sox third base coach Joey Cora prior to Sunday night's game with Cleveland.
Mackowiak gunned down at plate
(6/11/2006) Rob Mackowiak singled in the tying run Saturday and then was thrown out at the plate on Pablo Ozuna's single in the 11th. Indians RF Casey Blake made a strong throw and C Victor Martinez made a nice block of the plate with his left leg on a close play. "Bang, bang," Mackowiak said after he was asked if thought he was safe. "It was hard for me to tell. You're going in with your head down as hard as you can trying to score. He made the right call, I guess. I don't know. It really doesn't matter." It didn't because Ozuna scored moments later on Tadahito Iguchi's single, his third hit of the game.
Mackowiak still platooning
(6/5/2006) CF Brian Anderson went 1-for-3 Sunday, but the platoon situation in center field will remain, as Anderson and Rob Mackowiak switch in and out of that spot.
(5/31/2006) Brian Anderson, who began the season as the starting center fielder but has struggled at the plate, will platoon with Rob Mackowiak. Anderson will play against left-handers and Mackowiak will play against right-handers. Mackowiak is 17-for-40 (.425) over his last 16 games.
Mackowiak to get more time
(5/26/2006) White Sox OF Rob Mackowiak was already in the good graces of manager Ozzie Guillen thanks to his timely hitting and solid glove. But with the news that Brian Anderson will miss five games thanks to his suspension branching from a May 19 brawl vs. the Cubs, Mackowiak should see plenty of starts in Fantasy Week 9 (May 29-June 4).
Mackowiak may play regularly
(5/25/2006) One player who has won Ozzie Guillen's admiration is Rob Mackowiak, the utility player acquired from Pittsburgh who can play several positions. But it is his bat lately that likely will lead to more playing time, probably in center field where rookie Brian Anderson is batting just .167. Guillen still wasn't ready to name Mackowiak his new starter in center. "Mack, the way he's swinging the bat now, he'll get more playing time. It might be center field, he might play right or left one day," Guillen said. "Obviously he's going to be there."
No platoon for Rob Mackowiak
(5/24/2006) Brian Anderson was on the bench Tuesday, as White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen rewarded Rob Mackowiak with the start in center field. Guillen, however, maintained that Anderson is still his starting center fielder and it is not a platoon situation. "No, we're not concerned about Brian," Guillen said. "(Mackowiak is getting) better at-bats right now. Brian is not hitting the way we hoped he'd hit. Right now, Mackowiak is going to be in the lineup against tough righties until we see Brian start swinging the bat better."
Mackowiak has pinch home run
(5/23/2006) White Sox INF/OF Rob Mackowiak not only connected on his first home run in a Sox uniform on Monday, but did so in heroic fashion. His pinch-hit two-run homer in the eighth inning tied the game up for the Sox. It was his fourth career pinch-hit homer.
Three hits for Mackowiak
(5/15/2006) Rob Mackowiak went 3-for-5 with a run scored at the Twins Monday.
Mackowiak could see more at-bats
(5/3/2006) White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen believes it is time to start lessening the load for struggling rookie Brian Anderson. "He's losing confidence with himself," Guillen said. "That's the way I look at it. It seems like he's afraid to fail. He feels like he's getting to the point where he's embarrassed or letting people down."
Little work for Rob Mackowiak
(4/28/2006) Rob Mackowiak has been in the starting lineup twice in the past eight games. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has found it difficult to get playing time for all of his reserves.
Mackowiak ends hitless stretch
(4/23/2006) Rob Mackowiak was 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored in Saturday's game against the Twins to end an 0-for-15 hitless streak.
Mackowiak mired in tailspin
(4/20/2006) Rob Mackowiak was 0-for-2 with a walk in Wednesday's against Kansas City, as he dropped his average to an abysmal .115.
Mackowiak starts on Saturday
(4/15/2006) Rob Mackowiak got the call Saturday in center for slumping Brian Anderson, who was hitless in his last 16 at-bats and in a 2-for-28 slide.
Mackowiak starts Saturday
(4/8/2006) Jermaine Dye (calf) was out of the lineup at Kansas City Saturday.
Mackowiak likely to start again
(4/8/2006) According to the Chicago Daily Herald, Jermaine Dye (calf) isn't expected to play on Saturday. "He feels better, but I dont want him to get worse," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He can swing the bat. Hes not running the way he should be running. If youre not playing the way you should be playing, youre not going to play. I want everyone to be healthy." Pablo Ozuna, Brian Anderson and Rob Mackowiak started in the outfield.
Mackowiak drives in run
(4/4/2006) In his first game with the White Sox, Rob Mackowiak went 1-for-3 with an RBI in his first start, in center field, on Tuesday vs. Cleveland.
Mackowiak just livin' a dream
(4/2/2006) Growing up about 15 miles away in suburban Oak Lawn, Ill., utility player Rob Mackowiak dreamed of playing for the White Sox. "I was the guy who never thought it would happen," he said. He never considered the possibility during his five seasons in Pittsburgh. "You were playing to stay on the team, to stay on a big-league roster," said Mackowiak, acquired in December for pitcher Damaso Marte.
Mackowiak sees work at third base
(3/7/2006) MLB.com reports Rob Mackowiak made his first sring start at third base Monday, after making previous starts in right, center and left field. The White Sox are counting on him to play a prominent reserve infield role during the season. "After I took ground balls the other day, they might just put me back in the outfield permanently," said Mackowiak. "But if that's what you are going to be used for, you want to get some games in there and find a comfort level." Mackowiak owns separate gloves to use at first, second, third and the outfield. He counts right and center field as his most sure-handed positions, but has been taking extra ground balls to get that same feel on the infield.
Mackowiak could see time at third base
(2/17/2006) Rob Mackowiak initially will see a lot of work at third base in the spring, until the Sox get a good feel how the two herniated discs in Joe Crede's lower back have healed up this offseason. While it is expected to always be a problem for Crede, the Sox have had him on a strength program to keep the injury in check.
Mackowiak drafted in Round 18
(2/15/2006) Rob Mackowiak was the 212th overall selection (eighteenth round) in the 2006 CBS SportsLine.com AL Experts League. He recorded a .279 BA with nine home runs, 58 RBI and nine steals in 463 AB in 2005.
ChiSox will play Mackowiak a lot
(2/6/2006) INF/OF Rob Mackowiak had better bring a lot of gloves to spring training -- manager Ozzie Guillen will want him using all of them. Guillen said he plans to take full advantage of Mackowiak's defensive versatility, moving him around on a game-to-game basis to get him at-bats, as well as to keep the Sox's regular starters rested. "Mackowiak will have a lot of at-bats," Guillen said. "Where he's going to be, I will find out. One day he'll be in the outfield and the next day at second or third. I'll try to get him moving around." The Sox believe Mackowiak can play anywhere other than pitcher and catcher.
Mackowiak gets two-year deal
(1/5/2006) The Series champion White Sox agreed Wednesday with Rob Mackowiak on a two-year contract that avoided salary arbitration. Mackowiak, who was eligible to become a free agent following the 2007 season, will receive $2.25 million in 2006 and $2.75 million in 2007. The White Sox hold a 2008 option at $3.25 million with a buyout of $300,000. Mackowiak is a .258 career hitter with 52 homers and 221 RBI in 593 games, all with Pittsburgh.
Mackowiak dealt to White Sox
(12/8/2005) The White Sox acquired utilityman Rob Mackowiak from the Pirates on Thursday for left-handed reliever Damaso Marte. The deal was pending physicals. Mackowiak, who is from Oak Lawn, Ill., a short drive from U.S. Cellular Field, got regular playing time all over the field last season, batting .272 with nine homers, 58 RBIs and 21 doubles for Pittsburgh. He appeared in 142 games, including 65 at third base, 41 in center field, 23 in right and 20 at second base.
Mackowiak bats cleanup
(8/13/2005) Rob Mackowiak (knee) went 1-for-5 with an RBI while batting cleanup at Houston Friday.
Mackowiak available to pinch hit
(8/11/2005) Rob Mackowiak (knee) was unable to start for the second straight game on Thursday at Colorado, but he did appear as a pinch hitter. He struck out in his only at-bat.
Mackowiak out on Wednesday
(8/10/2005) Rob Mackowiak (knee) was out of the starting lineup for Wednesday's game at Colorado after leaving on Tuesday due to some inflammation.
Mackowiak injured on Tuesday
(8/10/2005) Rob Mackowiak left Tuesday's game at Colorado in the third inning due to inflammation in his left knee.
(7/28/2005) Rob Mackowiak got a hit Wednesday, long before game time. An official scoring change made Wednesday credited Mackowiak with a second-inning single in Tuesday's game, taking an error away from Marlins SS Damion Easley.
Mackowiak prefers to travel
(7/27/2005) Rob Mackowiak started the road trip to Florida batting .285 on the road and only .205 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh this season.
Mackowiak back to the bench?
(7/21/2005) Rookie Chris Duffy started all four games of the Astros' series, going 7-for-19 with three runs scored. The Pirates have long sought a strong defensive CF who can lead off and get on base regularly, and they're about to find out if Duffy is the answer. "The scouts tell us he's ready to play center field at this level defensively, and his hitting continues to improve," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He will likely get the bulk of the playing time in center field."
Mackowiak counted on regularly
(6/30/2005) Rob Mackowiak started at third base Wednesday night in place of Freddy Sanchez, who is recovering from a hamstring injury. Mackowiak then played center field Thursday.
Mackowiak ends short slump
(6/16/2005) After going hitless in nine at-bats in two games, Rob Mackowiak went 1-for-5 Wednesday at the Yankees.
Mackowiak knocks in four runs
(6/8/2005) Rob Mackowiak went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and four RBI against Baltimore Wednesday.
Mackowiak keeps on hittin'
(6/2/2005) Mackowiak went 2-for-4 with a grand slam and five RBI against Florida Wednesday.
May flowers for Mackowiak
(5/26/2005) Rob Mackowiak came in leading led the majors with a .412 average (21-for-51) in May, two points ahead of the Phillies' Bobby Abreu.
Mackowiak continues to heat up
(5/15/2005) Mackowiak went 1-for-2 with a double against Milwaukee Saturday.
Mackowiak has four-hit game
(4/13/2005) Rob Mackowiak, who entered batting .188 (3-for-16), had his second career four-hit game Tuesday. The other came Aug. 20, 2003, at St. Louis.
Mackowiak likely to see 2B time
(4/7/2005) Rob Mackowiak will likely get the bulk of at-bats as the Pirates' second baseman with Jose Castillo going on the DL on Thursday.
Mackowiak not looking like odd man out
(3/17/2005) Rob Mackowiak, whose .577 average is one of the best among major league regulars, homered twice Wednesday -- once off Kevin Brown -- and drove in three runs.
Pirates, Mackowiak avoid arbitration
(1/25/2005) The Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to terms with INF-OF Rob Mackowiak on a one-year contract.
Mackowiak has multi-hit game
(7/21/2004) Rob Mackowiak went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI on Wednesday against the Braves.
Mackowiak has three-hit game
(7/16/2004) Rob Mackowiak connected for his 13th home run and a pair of singles Friday against Florida. He stole his 10th base, as well.
Mackowiak scores three runs
(7/2/2004) Rob Mackowiak went 2-for-4 with a double and three runs in Friday's win of the second game of a doubleheader against Milwaukee. The three runs matched a season high set on April 24 against the Reds.
Mackowiak in the lineup
(6/16/2004) Rob Mackowiak (shoulder) was back in the lineup on Wednesday against the Angels.
Mackowiak out on Tuesday
(6/16/2004) Rob Mackowiak (shoulder) was not in the lineup on Tuesday against the Angels.
Mackowiak bruises left shoulder
(6/13/2004) Rob Mackowiak left Sunday's game in the fourth inning after bruising his left shoulder.
Mackowiak reborn offensively
(6/2/2004) Mackowiak had a fairy-tale week that included the birth of his first son, Garrett, on Friday. He then hit a walk-off grand-slam and a game-tying two-run home run during a doubleheader sweep against the Cubs later that day. The Pirates utility man was named co-player of the week with teammate Daryle Ward for his clutch play.
Mackowiak does it again
(5/30/2004) Rob Mackowiak went 2-for-4 with a home run and five RBI against the Cubs Saturday.
Mackowiak slams Cubs
(5/29/2004) Rob Mackowiak went 1-for-5 with a grand slam against the Cubs Friday.
Mackowiak steals a pair
(5/22/2004) Rob Mackowiak went 2-for-4 with two steals and two runs scored against Milwaukee Saturday.
Mackowiak gets start Friday
(5/8/2004) Rob Mackowiak went 0-for-3 against the Dodgers while filling in at right field for Raul Mondesi (personal) Friday.
Rob Mackowiak might start
(4/11/2004) The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports Mackowiak might start at third base if Chris Stynes continues to struggle at the plate.
(3/5/2004) Rob Mackowiak (knee surgery), limited early in drills during the spring, was 1-for-1 in a pinch-hitting appearance on Thursday.
Mackowiak gets medical clearance
(2/25/2004) The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Rob Mackowiak (knee surgery) has been cleared to participate in camp. He will be limited in some drills early in camp.
Mackowiak has knee surgery
(10/31/2003) Rob Mackowiak recent underwent knee surgery to ease some chronic irritation, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He is rehabilitating in Florida and is expected to be ready for spring training.
Mackowiak back in action
(9/15/2003) Rob Mackowiak (head) returned to the starting lineup on Saturday. He was 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Mackowiak returns to lineup
(9/13/2003) Rob Mackowiak (head) went 1-for-2 against Philadelphia on Friday.
Mackowiak gets helped off the field
(9/12/2003) Rob Mackowiak took a knee to the back of his head while breaking up a double-play at Cincinnati on Thursday. He had to be helped off the field by trainers. He will be re-examined on Friday.
Mackowiak returns to lineup
(8/30/2003) Rob Mackowiak went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI against Atlanta on Friday.
Rob Mackowiak still limited
(8/28/2003) Mackowiak (flu) was out of the starting lineup again on Thursday, but he did make a pinch-hitting appearance. He was 1-for-1 and he stole his second base of the season.
Mackowiak able to pinch-hit
(8/28/2003) Rob Mackowiak (flu) did not start for the second consecutive night on Wednesday, but he was able to pinch-hit.
Mackowiak sidelined by the flu
(8/26/2003) Rob Mackowiak was scratched from Tuesday's lineup against Florida due to flu-like symptoms. Jeff Reboulet started in his absence.
Mackowiak hits seats twice
(8/20/2003) Rob Mackowiak was 4-for-5 with three runs scored, two home runs and three RBI on Wednesday.
Mackowiak recalled from Triple-A
(8/20/2003) The Pirates recalled Rob Mackowiak from Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday.
Pirates to recall Mackowiak
(8/19/2003) The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Rob Mackowiak will be recalled from Triple-A Nashville by the Pirates on Tuesday.
Mackowiak optioned to Triple-A
(6/9/2003) Rob Mackowiak was optioned to Triple-A on Sunday.
Mackowiak's at-bats limited
(4/22/2003) Despite the injury to Brian Giles, Rob Mackowiak hasn't been getting many starts with the Pirates. Mackowiak has just one hit in his past 16 at-bats, and he hasn't had a home run or an RBI yet.
(8/13/2002) Mackowiak returned to the Pirates' starting lineup Monday and went 1-for-4. He had been sidelined for over week because of a strained muscle in his side, but appears to be fine. Get him back in your active lineup, but check his status in the next few days.
(8/12/2002) Mackowiak, bothered by a strained muscle in his left side, was a defensive replacement in Sunday's game but is still not ready to return to the starting lineup. Consider reserving him this week. "He's not ready," manager Lloyd McClendon told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "He went out there and gave us what he had, though."
(8/9/2002) Mackowiak did not play in Thursday's game. He is able to pinch hit, but a strained oblique is preventing him from throwing and playing defense. Mackowiak is scheduled to begin a throwing program on Friday and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that he might return this weekend. Monitor his status during the next few days before adjusting your lineup.
(8/8/2002) Mackowiak remains day to day so owners in daily leagues should continue to reserve him. He is able to swing the bat okay, but a strained oblique muscle causes pain in his side when he throws. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that he is not expected to go on the disabled list.
(8/7/2002) Mackowiak continues to receive treatment for a strained left oblique muscle, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He is unable to play in the field, but is available for pinch-hitting duty. Mackowiak is day to day, and should be reserved in daily leagues.
(8/5/2002) Mackowiak missed Sunday's game because of a strained left side. He is day to day. Consider reserving Mackowiak for the upcoming period. He should be ready to pinch-hit by Tuesday and probably won't go on the disabled list, but he isn't expected to be healthy enough to start for about a week.
(8/4/2002) Mackowiak left in the second inning on Saturday with a strained muscle in his left side. His current status is day to day.
(6/29/2002) Mackowiak was back in the lineup Friday and was 1-for-4. He has missed Thursday's game with an ankle injury.
(6/28/2002) Mackowiak suffered an ankle injury on Thursday. His current status is day to day.
(6/11/2002) Mackowiak pinch hit in the seventh inning and finished Monday's game. He was 2-for-2 with an RBI and showed no ill effects of an ankle injury which forced him to miss Sunday's game.
(6/10/2002) X-rays on Mackowiak's left ankle did not reveal a fracture. He injured the ankle sliding into first base Saturday against Milwaukee, and did not play on Sunday. Mackowiak is day to day.
(6/5/2002) Mackowiak homered twice to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-2 win over the Montreal Expos on Tuesday night. Mackowiak qualifies at more than one position in many leagues, and his playing time might continue to increase if he keeps hitting well.
(5/13/2002) Mackowiak will return to a utility role with Aramis Ramirez ready to rejoin the lineup, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Drop him from your Fantasy roster.
(4/23/2002) Mackowiak is expected to see an increase in playing time at third base with Aramis Ramirez out of the lineup. He has minimal Fantasy value in NL-only leagues.
(8/13/2001) According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Mackowiak might not be activated until Wednesday in Arizona because the Pirates will face two left-handers before then. He looks good on his rehab assignment in Triple-A Nashville thus far, and could figure into the outfield mix once healthy. Don't bother picking up Mackowiak, however, unless it becomes clear he will get regular playing time.
(8/10/2001) Mackowiak began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville on Thursday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He could be activated as soon as Monday, and could figure into a right field platoon with Craig Wilson. We don't recommend you pick up Mackowiak unless it becomes clear that he will get regular playing time.
(8/9/2001) Mackowiak is likely to begin a rehab assignment in the minor leagues on Thursday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He is recovering from a knee injury and doesn't offer any useful Fantasy stats.
(7/27/2001) Mackowiak has not made much progress in his recovery from an injured left kneecap. He was scheduled to be re-evaluated by doctors on July 26. Don't expect him to be activated from the disabled list when he becomes eligible.
(7/20/2001) The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Mackowiak is headed to the disabled list after injuring his left knee during the sixth inning of Thursday's game. Don't bother holding onto him.