May 11, 2012
MLB notes: A hurtin' high-five
By QMI Agency
A high-five turned out to be a slap in the face for Mark DeRosa of the Washington Nationals.
The outfielder/infielder aggravated an oblique-muscle strain on his left side when he high-fived teammate Bryce Harper in the dugout, Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Friday.
"I don't know if that set back the rehab or not," Johnson told the Washington Post. "But I said, 'Why didn't use your (right) hand?' He said it was spur of the moment."
DeRosa already was on the disabled list before he was reinjured while celebrating.
DOMESTIC DUST-UP AN OBSTACLE
Shortstop Everth Cabrera is hitting .325 with 14 stolen bases for triple-A Tucson, but a domestic violence charge during spring training is hampering his chances of moving up to the San Diego Padres.
The shortstop has a pre-trial hearing May 17 in Glendale, Ariz., and court dates are taking precedence over a promotion.
"As it pertains to Everth, we want to be aware of his legal issues," Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said. "We just have to be aware of it and we'll act accordingly."
Cabrera and his wife, Connie Cabrera, were arrested March 16 after a domestic violence incident at their Glendale home, according to police reports.
BECKETT DEFENDS HIMSELF
Pitcher Josh Beckett, who was jeered Thursday night by Boston Red Sox fans for his indifferent pitching and ill-timed golfing, says he isn't going to pout about it.
Beckett was booed off the mound at Fenway during Boston's 8-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians. The poor pitching performance came on the heels of a report Beckett had gone golfing the day after he was scratched from a start because of a strained right latissimus muscle.
The right-hander said what he did on his day off was his business.
I don't want to be part of a reality show," Beckett told WEEI on Friday. "If I wanted to be part of a reality show I would move to L.A.
"I'm here to win baseball games and we're not doing a good job of that. Am I part of the solution or am I part of the problem? I want to part of the solution, not part of the problem.
"It sucks because it seems nobody else wants you here except for your teammates. What are supposed to do? What am I supposed to do? Am I supposed to go home and pout and take that home with me. That ain't happening. That's not me."
NO MORE MELANCON MELTDOWNS
Pitcher Mark Melancon, who was awful during the opening weeks of the season with the Red Sox, is rebounding nicely at triple-A Pawtucket.
The reliever was demoted after giving up 11 runs in four appearances, compiling a 0-2 record with a 49.50 earned-run average.
But at Pawtucket, the 27-year-old right-hander had 10 consecutive shutout appearances, entering play Friday, with 18 strikeouts in 10 innings.
A week after being named the Chicago White Sox closer and being taken out the rotation, Chris Sale is a starting pitcher again. An MRI on Sale's left elbow came up clean and the White Sox announced he would start Saturday against Kansas City ... Rookie pitcher Joe Wieland of the Padres went on the 15-day disabled list Friday because of a strained right elbow. Wieland, 22, is 0-4 with a 4.55 ERA in five starts. The Padres recalled infielder/outfielder James Darnell from triple-A Tucson ... The New York Yankees activated third baseman Eric Chavez (concussion) from the seven-day disabled list and optioned utility man Eduardo Nunez to triple-A Scranton/Wilkes- Barre ... The New York Mets reinstated infielder Ronny Cedeno from the 15-day disabled list after he recovered from a left intercostal strain. The Mets optioned infielder/outfielder Vinny Rottino to triple-A Buffalo. The Philadelphia Phillies put outfielder Laynce Nix on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left calf and called up left-handed relievers Jake Diekman and Raul Valdes and infielder Hector Luna from triple-A Lehigh Valley ... The New York Times Co. has sold its remaining stake in the group that owns the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool soccer club for $63 million in cash. The company bought its stake in the group for $75 million in 2002.