April 9, 2012
MLB notes: Guillen to apologize again
By QMI Agency
Embattled Miami Marlins skipper Ozzie Guillen will hold a press conference in Florida Tuesday to apologize -- again -- for telling a magazine he loves Cuban ruler Fidel Castro.
A Time magazine article quoted Guillen as saying "I respect Fidel Castro. You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that (expletive) is still here."
The comments caused a severe backlash -- Miami has a large population of Cuban ex-pats, many of whom fled the Castro regime -- and some have called for his suspension or firing. Guillen has already apologized once.
He planned on speaking about the issue Friday before the Marlins' game against the Houston Astros but opted to move up the presser since Miami has Tuesday off.
"I want to make everything clear about what's going on," Guillen said Monday. "Then people can see me and talk. I've already talked to people. But I think it's best, the proper thing for them to see my eyes. They can see me and they can ask whatever questions they want. I think the sooner, the better.
"People have to know what's going on. We'll let them know exactly what is going on in my mind and what I believe."
STOREN SEES DOC
Injured Washington Nationals closer Drew Storen will visit surgeon Dr. James Andrews after feeling tenderness in his pitching elbow during a simulated game, according to the Washington Post.
Storen started the season on the disabled list but the elbow injury was thought to be minor.
Now the Nationals think he might have a bone chip, which could cause him to miss at least half the season. Tommy John surgery, which Andrews specializes in, will likely not be required, the Post says.
"Alarm bells went up on him," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. "He had been feeling real good, and they he kind of let it out in that sim game. He had some fallback pain. So we're going to reexamine. Hopefully it's nothing serious, but it doesn't sound good to me."
A wonky left knee forced the Miami Marlins to scratch outfielder Giancarlo Stanton from his planned start Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said Stanton, who experienced soreness in his left knee during spring training and missed a good portion of the Grapefruit League schedule, will see a doctor in Philly. He was pulled from the lineup less than an hour before the game.
"It's something different than what he had in the spring," Guillen said.
With the Marlins getting a day off Tuesday, there's a chance Stanton will be back in the lineup Wednesday. He's hitting .235 with a double and three RBIs so far this season.
Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones could come off the disabled list as soon as Tuesday. Jones had minor knee surgery on March 26 and expected to play in the Braves home opener on Friday all along ... The Oakland A's activated first baseman Daric Barton from the DL and designated Brandon Allen for assignment. The A's also dropped Allen from the 40-man roster ... Minnesota Twins pitcher Liam Hendriks was released from a Baltimore hospital Monday. Hendriks spent two days in hospital with food poisoning and was forced to miss his scheduled start Sunday against the Orioles ... Anaheim Angels reliever Michael Kohn will seek a second opinion about the pain he's experiencing in his right forearm. Kohn started the season on the DL after being diagnosed with a nerve issue in his arm ... Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp was named NL player of the week while Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera received the same honour for the AL. Kemp hit .417 with a pair of homers and eight RBis in the opening week, and Cabrera hit .455 with three blasts and eight RBIs.