MLB Notes: He's Mike no more
By QMI Agency
|Giancarlo Stanton. (REUTERS/Ana Martinez)
Mike Stanton of the Miami Marlins wants to be called by his real first name -- Giancarlo.
The 22-year-old right fielder was born Giancarlo Cruz-Michael Stanton in Panorama City, Calif.
He told the Palm Beach Post that he went by the name "Mike" after school teachers consistently pronounced his name incorrectly.
"It got really annoying having seven classes having to correct seven different people every single day," Stanton said.
SETBACK FOR HOWARD
Slugger Ryan Howard underwent a procedure this week to clean out an infection stemming from off-season Achilles tendon surgery, the Philadelphia Phillies announced Wednesday.
While initial surgery was performed in October, the infection formed in the wound just recently.
"Dr. (Mark) Myerson did a small procedure to basically clean out his sutures and clean out this wound that he has," Phillies trainer Scott Sheridan said. "Dr. Myerson has consulted with infectious disease doctors. Ryan is going to be placed on antibiotic medication. The biggest thing right now is we have to protect the wound and make sure that the healing occurs."
On a positive note, the repaired tendon is now intact, Sheridan said.
MORNEAU OPTIMISTIC FOR OPENER
Justin Morneau has not experienced any post-concussion symptoms at training camp and hopes to be in the Minnesota Twins lineup Saturday for their Grapefruit League opener.
"You never know what's going to happen tomorrow, or a week from now, or a month from now, so it's the old cliche, 'take it one day at a time,' " the first baseman told MLB.com.
Morneau said he hopes his health issues will be a thing of the past by the time the season starts.
The native of New Westminster, B.C., has battled concussion symptoms the past two seasons, and also had surgery on his left knee, right foot and left wrist in 2011. He played in just 69 games for the Twins last season.
The Brewers are working on signing Canadian closer John Axford to a long-term deal, the Milwaukee Journal reports ...
The St. Louis Cardinals and catcher Yadier Molina have agreed on a five-year contract extension worth $75 million, according to multiple reports. The contract would be the third biggest in history for a catcher, behind Joe Mauer and Mike Piazza. Molina, 29, hit .305 with 14 home runs and 65 RBI in 2011 ... Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman's right knee isn't injured as badly as first feared. The 22-year-old was told Wednesday he would be sidelined for a maximum of one week. Freeman will play with a knee brace .. Catcher Jason Varitek, 39, will announce his retirement Thursday, the Boston Red Sox announced. Varitek broke into the majors in 1997 and spent his entire career with the Red Sox ... Los Angeles Angels slugger Mark Trumbo has recovered from a stress fracture in his right foot, setting the stage from him to prepare to switch to third base for the Angels in 2012.