MLB notes: Marlins irked by Loria's meddling?

Former Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen (L), poses with Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria...

Former Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen (L), poses with Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria after a news conference in Miami, Florida September 28, 2011. (REUTERS/Hans Deryk)

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Miami Marlins owner Jeff Loria has ticked off his players.

The team’s head honcho has been allegedly meddling with the starting lineup, according to Yahoo! Sports. The situation reached a fever pitch Tuesday when he decreed that first-year manager Mike Redmond start Jose Fernandez over Ricky Nolasco for the first game of a double-header against the Minnesota Twins.

Loria’s micro-managing of the lineup irked Nolasco, who was only told about the change 2 ½ hours prior to the start of the first game.

Loria denied tinkering with the lineup in an e-mail to Fox Sports.

Loria’s behavior is nothing new. Former Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen experienced the same edicts, but tended to tune them out, according to the Yahoo! Sports report.

The Miami Marlins are currently the worst team in the majors with a 5-17 record and have amassed just 57 runs — the lowest in the league.

FLYING PIGS SUNK SCHILLING

Former Boston Red Sox pitching ace turned bankrupt businessman Curt Schilling now knows that pigs can’t fly.

The Bloomberg View reported Tuesday on Schilling’s failed video game enterprise, 38 Studios, digging up a Harvard Business School report that included an interview with Schilling in 2009.

The report highlighted Schilling’s level of business acumen in his Ralph Kramden-esque pursuit of “getting Bill-Gates-rich.”

According to the Bloomberg View, Schilling had a cache of bizarre ideas for what would have been the company’s inaugural game that presumably led to its demise.

“Schilling had no idea how much time and money it took to build the software required for such a game. And he didn’t exactly help matters by weighing in with suggestions of his own. There was, for example, that instance when he mentioned in an e-mail that it might be cool to have mounted combat on flying pigs. The design team worked on nothing else for a week.”

In addition to his creative flare, Schilling also seemed to run 38 Studios like a baseball team, asking the company president if employees worked weekends. He even suggested that they work 14 days straight “so as not to lose their momentum.”

Schilling managed to get former Rhode Island governor Don Carcieri to issue $75-million in tax free bonds to 38 Studios, which eventually went belly up in May, 2012.

The 38 Studios deal is currently under criminal investigation by state police, and governor Lincoln Chafee is suing Schilling for misleading the state’s economic development agency.

GREINKE THROWING NEXT WEEK

Zack Greinke could be back on the mound sooner than expected.

According to Bleacher Report, the Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander is scheduled to start throwing again next week.

That’s a pretty quick turnaround for someone who broke their collarbone two weeks ago.

On April 11, Greinke threw a 3-2 pitch inside to San Diego Padres left fielder Carlos Quentin, plunking the ball off the batter’s left shoulder. Quentin charged the mound and ended up injuring Greinke as the pitcher braced for impact.

Greinke had surgery to repair the injury April 13.

Greinke signed a six-year, $147-million contract with the Dodgers during the winter and has 1.59 ERA and 0.71 WHIP in 11 1/3 innings with the team.

ZDURIENCIK’S DAYS ARE NUMBERED

Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik is “running out of time”, according to Fox Sports.

The Ms have started the season with a 9-15 record and are last in the American League in runs per game.

When prodded about fans being upset that the Mariners haven’t made the playoffs since 2001, Zduriencik responded in kind.

“I get it. Nobody feels it more than I do,” he said. “I sit here and would love to deliver to the fans. But this is what we said we were going to do. We haven’t really deviated from Day One.

“I said we were going to build the minor league system, we were going to try and get these guys here at the right time and then I would expect owners to step up and allow us to do some things,” he added. “Well, this winter, they allowed us to go after Josh Hamilton. It fell short. But going forward, we’ll be in better shape next year than we are this year, no question about it.”

BRIEFLY

Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann is set to begin his minor-league rehab assignment, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The 29-year-old will be in Single-A Rome’s lineup Friday after coming off the disabled list Monday with a shoulder ailment … The New York Yankees’ long list of players on the disabled list may continue to grow. Kevin Youkilis missed his fifth straight game Thursday with a back injury. It was originally thought the injury would cost the third baseman one or two games, according to MLB.com. Manager Joe Girardi said if he’s not in shape by Saturday, Youkilis will be placed on the DL … The Colorado Rockies placed first baseman Todd Helton on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with left forearm inflammation. Ryan Wheeler has been called up to take Helton’s place on the roster.


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