MLB notes: McCourt didn't take Dodgers cash
By QMI Agency
|Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaks at a news conference in Los Angeles, Calif., April 14, 2011. (LUCY NICHOLSON/Reuters)
Owner Frank McCourt was not paid or loaned money by the team over the last two years, Los Angeles Dodgers chief financial officer Peter Wilhelm told creditors Wednesday in Wilmington, Del.
McCourt has been accused by Major League Baseball of siphoning off more than $100 million from the team's revenue.
At a meeting open to the public, Wilhelm also told the creditors that McCourt poured $23.5 million into the Dodgers in the three months leading up the bankruptcy.
The Dodgers filed for bankruptcy protection in June after MLB rejected a proposed $3 billion deal for future television rights, when it found out some of the money was going to McCourt.
Wilhelm said the bankruptcy was prompted by a "perfect storm" of events that left the Dodgers short on cash. But he also added that the filing was not a surprise because the team knew it would need to come up with millions of dollars for deferred compensation.
Polanco on DL
Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a sports hernia.
The 35-year-old last played for the Phillies Aug. 6. This will be Polanco's second trip to the disabled list this season. He missed 19 games in July because of lower back inflammation.
Polanco is batting .275 with four home runs and 40 RBI.
Right-handed pitcher Michael Schwimer was called up from triple-A Lehigh Valley to fill the roster spot.
Pitcher Jair Jurrjens was activated off the 15-day DL by the Atlanta Braves in time to make Wednesday's start against the San Francisco Giants.
Jurrjens, who was on the DL due to a strained right knee, last pitched Aug. 1. He is 12-4 with a 2.63 earned-run average in 20 starts this season.
The Braves optioned pitcher Randall Delgado to triple-A Gwinnett to open a roster spot for Jurrjens.
Big Papi out
Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz says he will likely be out for a week with bursitis in his right heel.
Ortiz is wearing a walking boot but Red Sox manager Terry Francona said he won't be put on the disabled list. He didn't play in a doubleheader against Tampa Tuesday and again sat for Wednesday's game against the Rays.
"I should just chill, you know, rest," Ortiz said on ESPNBoston.com. "It's not like I have any Achilles problem or anything. It's just aggravation from running and doing other kinds of stuff."
Ortiz, who is hitting .300 with 24 home runs and 79 RBIs this season, expects to play by the end of the Red Sox road trip to Kansas City and Texas.
Wilson's woes not serious
San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson isn't expected to be sidelined for long.
Wilson will likely miss at least two more days with inflammation in his right shoulder, according to manager Bruce Bochy, but the injury doesn't appear serious. The pitcher's elbow was looked at by Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday.
"It showed just a little inflammation," Bochy said on MLB.com."We didn't want to risk putting him back out there without getting evaluated."
Wilson has 35 saves this season but hasn't been as dominant as in the past. He blew a save Monday, giving up three ninth-inning runs in a loss to the Atlanta Braves.
Florida Marlins pitcher Brian Sanches was put on the 15-day DL with a strained right elbow. Right-hander Ryan Webb, who has been out for more than a month with shoulder inflammation, was actived off the DL ... Righty Chance Ruffin was sent to the Seattle Mariners to complete the trade that saw Doug Fister and David Pauley head to the Detroit Tigers. The Mariners designated pitcher Aaron Laffey for assignment to make room for Ruffin ... Pitcher Drew Pomeranz was acquired by the Colorado Rockies to finish off the Ubaldo Jimenez trade with the Cleveland Indians. In 18 starts in the minors this season, Pomeranz is 3-3 with a 1.98 ERA and 112 strikeouts.