MLB Notes: Former Cubs star Grace released from jail

Former Chicago Cubs major league baseball player Mark Grace is shown in this booking photo released...

Former Chicago Cubs major league baseball player Mark Grace is shown in this booking photo released by the Scottsdale Police Department in Scottsdale, Arizona August 24, 2012. Grace, a three-time All-Star selection, was arrested in Arizona for driving under the influence. (REUTERS/Scottsdale Police Dept/Handout)

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Former three-time all-star Mark Grace has been released from an Arizona jail after seeing out a four-month prison term, KTAR Phoenix reported Monday.

The long-time Chicago Cubs first baseman had been doing time following a DUI conviction last summer.

"If I'm that stinking stupid to do it again, I want you to come punch me right in the mouth," Grace said, according to the report.

Following a 16-year major league career, Grace, 48, had been serving as an analyst with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

After pleading guilty to felony endangerment and misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol earlier this year, the four-time Gold Glover was fired from his position, but remained with the Diamondbacks as a minor-league hitting coach.

PEREZ PLEADS NOT GUILTY

Along with his wife, Cleveland Indians pitcher Chris Perez has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor drug possession charges after marijuana was allegedly mailed to their home in a pet's name.

United States postal inspectors tipped off cops about a package mailed to the 27-year-old's home, according to the Associate Press.

Under police surveillance, postal workers arranged a delivery to the two-time all-star's home, where police say Melanie Perez accepted the parcel.

According to police, Melanie told an undercover officer the package was intended for their family dog, Brody, who the package was addressed to.

The Indians addressed the matter last week, with manager Terry Francona saying he's been in contact with his closer.

"I spoke to Chris this morning," Francona told The Plain Dealer. "I called him just to make sure he was OK. Other than that, we have to allow the process to unfold."

JETER MOVES CLOSER

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is back swinging a bat.

Jeter, who turns 39 this month, hasn't played since re-injuring his surgically-repaired left ankle during spring training.

The 13-time all-star also did some stationary fielding at the club's training facility in Tampa, according to reports.

Although he's yet to resume running, Jeter's expected to rejoin the Yankees following July's all-star break.

BRIEFLY

A day after Philadelphia Phillies catcher Erik Kratz was placed on the 15-day disable list with a knee injury, an MRI revealed a tear to his medial meniscus. According to CSNPhilly.com, the 32-year-old will require surgery and miss an indefinite amount of time "¦ The Miami Marlins activated Giancarlo Stanton Monday. The 23-year-old had been sidelined since April with a hamstring strain that forced him to miss 36 games "¦ The Minnesota Twins announced they've placed rookie centre fielder Aaron Hicks on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring strain. The Twins also announced they've recalled Oswaldo Arcia from triple-A Rochester "¦ Texas Rangers lefty Michael Kirkman has been diagnosed with a recurrence of cutaneous lymphoma a year after completing treatment for skin cancer. According to MLB.com, Kirkman will undergo radiation treatment and be placed on the disabled list "¦ The New York Mets demoted first baseman Ike Davis, outfielder Mike Baxter and lefty reliever Robert Carson to triple-A Las Vegas. A former staple in the Mets' lineup, Davis, 26, was hitting .161 with 66 strikeouts in 186 at-bats this season "¦ The Mets are also set to issue top prospect Zack Wheeler his first big -eague start next week, according to WFAN radio. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said the 23-year-old former first-round pick could start next Tuesday against the Atlanta Braves "¦ St. Louis Cardinals righty Jake Westbrook (elbow inflammation) could rejoin the Cards' rotation later this week after looking comfortable in a single-A rehab start Sunday night, according to the St. Louis Dispatch "¦ The Colorado Rockies announced Monday they've released pitcher Jon Garland "¦ The Indians acquired infielder John McDonald from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

 


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