November 6, 2012
MLB notes: Mets' Lucas Duda injured while moving furniture
By QMI Agency
Major-leaguers be warned: No more heavy lifting.
Outfielder Lucas Duda fractured his right wrist while moving furniture at his home in California last month, the New York Mets announced Tuesday.
Duda had surgery Monday to repair the fracture and the 26-year-old is expected to be ready for spring training.
He batted .239 with 15 home runs and 57 RBI in 121 games for the Mets in 2012.
Duda is not the first baseball player to be injured while working as a moving man.
Detroit Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya was helping his father move items in an attic in the 2007 off-season when a heavy box fell on him, separating his right shoulder. Of course, Zumaya tended to be injury-prone: He missed the 2006 ALCS after hurting his right wrist playing Guitar Hero.
As for Duda, he is a finalist for flukiest injury of the season along with Jonathan Lucroy. The Milwaukee Brewers catcher was looking for a sock under his bed in a hotel room when his wife knocked over a suitcase that landed on Lucroy's right wrist, breaking it.
DAMON EMBRACES THAI ROOTS
Outfielder Johnny Damon will play for Thailand in World Baseball Classic qualifying next week in Taiwan.
Damon, whose mother is Thai, has joined the team in training, Thailand newspaper The Nation reported Tuesday.
"Johnny will not only play for our team but will also take part in a lot of activities, including charity events, in Thailand," baseball official Chaiyawat Chaiwannajinda said.
Thailand will be in Group 4 of qualifying against the Philippines, New Zealand and Taiwan.
Damon, 39, hit .222 with four homers and 19 RBI in 64 games with the Cleveland Indians in 2012 before being released Aug. 9. He is an 18-year MLB veteran.
CABRERA TOPS, PLAYERS SAY
Miguel Cabrera was selected player of the year by his peers in the Players Choice Awards.
The Detroit Tigers first baseman, who this season achieved MLB's first Triple Crown since 1967, finished ahead of Los Angeles Angels rookie centre fielder Mike Trout and Pittsburgh Pirates centre fielder Andrew McCutchen.
"I don't know if they made the right choice," Cabrera told MLB.com. "I was lucky, very lucky, but thank you."
The slugger also won the award as the AL's outstanding player.
The winner of the AL MVP award, voted on by longtime members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, will be announced Nov. 15. Cabrera and Trout are the top candidates.
Cabrera, 29, led the lead with a .330 average, 44 homers and 139 RBI. He also finished first with a .606 slugging percentage and fourth with a .393 on-base percentage.
DODGERS EYEING SANCHEZ
The Los Angeles Dodgers are preparing their shopping list with an eye to strengthening their pitching rotation.
Anibal Sanchez, coming off a strong post-season with the Detroit Tigers, could be on the top of that list, ESPN reported Tuesday.
The right-hander was 1-2 with a 1.77 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP during the playoffs.
The Tigers, who traded for the 28-year-old during the season, also want to re-sign him.
The Dodgers also could make a pitch for Zack Greinke and Hiroki Kuroda.
The Seattle Mariners on Tuesday claimed outfielder Scott Cousins from the Toronto Blue Jays. The 27-year-old Cousins spent last season with the Miami Marlins and triple-A New Orleans. The Jays had claimed him off waivers Oct. 17 from Miami ... The Jays also lost right-handed pitcher David Herndon to the New York Yankees on waivers. The Jays had claimed him Oct. 23 from the Philadelphia Phillies, hoping to build their pitching depth, but had taken him off their 40-man roster ... Retired pitcher Javier Vazquez, 36, is considering a comeback, according to MLB Network. The right-hander went 13-11 with a 3.69 ERA for the Marlins in 2011 ... David Stearns, a 27-year-old Harvard graduate, has been hired as an assistant general manager with the Houston Astros. He was the Cleveland Indians director of baseball operations last season and previously spent three years working in the commissioner's office ... Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish said Tuesday he would not play for Japan at the World Baseball Classic in March, citing a substantial workout over the past few seasons.