MLB notes: Rafael Soriano, Bryce Harper clear air

Washington Nationals pitcher Rafael Soriano looks up after the last out of a opening day MLB...

Washington Nationals pitcher Rafael Soriano looks up after the last out of a opening day MLB National League game against the Miami Marlins in Washington, April 1, 2013. (REUTERS/Larry Downing)

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After reportedly criticizing Bryce Harper's positioning in the outfield following Tuesday night's extra-inning loss to the San Francisco Giants, Washington Nationals closer Rafael Soriano says he isn't upset.

Both players met Wednesday morning to clear the air.

"I was playing where I was supposed to be," Harper told the Washington Post. "I have nothing to say about it."

Following the meeting, Soriano told the paper, "we're good."

"He was voicing some frustrations a lot of us feel," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. "Did he go too far? Maybe."

Soriano was not happy with the outcome of the play, which occurred in the bottom of the ninth inning. With two outs and a runner on first, Harper was unable to chase down Gregor Blanco's hit for a run-scoring triple, pulling up and flinching as he feared the right field wall was nearby.

"With two outs and the tying run at first, you have to play the outfield so the ball doesn't go over your head," Soriano told USA Today in Spanish after blowing the save.

Soriano clarified his comments by saying he thought he was talking casually with the USA Today reporter, assuming it was off the record.

WEAVER CLOSE TO RETURNING

Jered Weaver is nearing a return to the Los Angeles Angels rotation.

Manager Mike Scioscia told the Los Angeles Times Weaver pitched in an extended spring training game Wednesday in Arizona and if all goes well, could return to the lineup next week.

Weaver has not pitched since April 7 because of a fractured left elbow.

It's expected that Joe Blanton will lose his spot in the rotation after going 0-7 with a 6.62 ERA, the highest of any American League starter.

REPORT: GARCIA TO HAVE SURGERY

The St. Louis Cardinals will reportedly be without the services of left-hander Jaime Garcia for the rest of the season.

Garcia is expected to have shoulder surgery that will sideline until the 2014 season, according to CBSSports.com.

Orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews confirmed an earlier diagnosis that Garcia has a 30-40% tear in his labrum that needs to be surgically repaired.

Garcia has a 5-2 record with an 3.58 ERA in nine starts this season.

The Cards called up right-handed pitcher Mitchell Boggs to take Garcia's spot on the roster.

MONTREAL HONOURS GARY CARTER

Cancer took his life last year but Expos legend Gary Carter was immortalized with a street named in his honour near the Montreal park where he debuted in 1974.

Faillon Street was renamed Rue Gary-Carter next to Jarry Park, where the California catcher won over fans in his first two major league seasons.

"Next week, in 50 years, in 100 years, Gary will be there," said Rodger Brulotte, a former Expos executive and a close friend of the charismatic Hall of Famer nicknamed "The Kid."

Brulotte held back tears at the inauguration ceremony Tuesday, remembering the high character of the man who earned respect in Montreal and around the league with his effervescent smile and gutsy play.

"It's very difficult for me not to cry in front of you," Brulotte added. "(Gary) was a true gladiator. He was also a very good citizen, a good father and everything as a baseball player."

Carter's family was not present at the unveiling but his widow Sandra will fly in for a ceremony next month when a nearby baseball stadium will be renamed for her husband.

Carter died in February 2012 at the age of 57.


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