MLB notes: Cubs owner threatens move
By QMI Agency
|Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts. (Reuters)
Chicago Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts may have to move the team out of Wrigley Field if more ad signage in the ballpark is not added as part of its renovation.
Ricketts wants to add a 6,000-square-foot video scoreboard in left field, but nearby rooftop owners have voiced their opposition and threatened legal action.
"I'm not sure how anyone is going to stop the signs in the outfield, but if it comes to the point that we don't have the ability to do what we need to do in our outfield, then we're going to have to consider moving," Ricketts said at a City Club of Chicago breakfast Wednesday. "It's as simple as that."
The proposed video scoreboard is part of a $300 million renovation plan by Ricketts for the 99-year-old ballpark. The Cubs hope to get $20 million annually from the new outfield advertising space.
An upgrade to the players' clubhouse also is part of the proposal. The enlargement of the clubhouse includes weight training and conditioning areas, medical facilities, two battling tunnels, a lounge and media centre.
NO REHAB FOR RAMIREZ
Aramis Ramirez plans to skip a minor-league rehab stint after he comes off the disabled list and hopes to return to the Milwaukee Brewers Friday night.
The injured third baseman sprained his left knee on April 5 and has missed 22 games.
Ramirez wants to exercise his rights under the collective bargaining agreement to bypass the minors.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke plans to work Ramirez gradually back into the lineup.
HARRISON HAS SECOND OPERATION
The Texas Rangers pitching staff suffered a blow after starter Matt Harrison had a second surgery in eight days on his back Wednesday.
He will now miss at least three months following surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said the surgery was a success, but is being cautious about recovery.
"He felt great the last time. For eight days. Only time will tell," Daniels told the Dallas Morning News.
Harrison has struggled this season, compiling an 0-2 record with an 8.44 earned-run average in two starts before he went on the disabled list.