The Colorado Rockies signed their top draft pick, Oklahoma pitcher Jonathan Gray, for a reported $4.8 million, which will start what many believe will be a short journey to the big leagues.
Gray, picked third overall earlier this month, has seen his fastball clocked at 101 mph during his collegiate career, which ended with Oklahoma's loss to LSU on Friday. The 21-year-old righthander will report to Colorado's rookie-level affiliate in Grand Junction.
"I heard the ball flies here (in Colorado)," Gray said at his news conference. "I will have to adjust to that. It feels great to be here and I can't wait to get going in pro ball.
"They didn't give me an innings limit. I am sure they aren't going to overthrow me. My arm feels good."
Gray went 10-2 with a 1.59 earned-run average and struck out 138 in 119 innings this season with Oklahoma.
RAMOS HURT AGAIN
Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos will likely be out until late July after re-injuring his strained left hamstring while doing base-running drills at the team's spring training facility in Florida, according to the Washington Post.
Ramos has been shut down indefinitely, according to the report, and probably won't be back until after the all-star break.
It's the latest setback for Ramos, who has played just 39 games the last two seasons due to knee and hamstring injuries.
"He's had a rough couple years here," Nationals manager Davey Johnson told the Post. "We love him and we need him back healthy."
Ramos was two-thirds of the way through a six-week rehab stint. He's missed 50 games already this season.
NO GO FOR CAR-GO?
Colorado Rockies home run and RBI leader Carlos Gonzalez could be sidelined after being hit by a foul ball during Thursday's game against the Washington Nationals.
Gonzalez, who was standing in the on-deck circle, was hit in the left foot by a foul ball off the bat of teammate Jordan Pacheco in the first inning and had to leave the game. He immediately had an X-ray, which revealed the injury is merely a contusion. He's listed as day-to-day.
Despite dealing with a left knee issue, Gonzalez has a team-high 18 home runs, second most in the NL, and 52 RBIs.
ALL-STAR MANAGERS NAMED
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has been named to the American League coaching staff for the all-star game in New York next month.
Gibbons and Chicaho White Sox manager Robin Ventura were named coaches by AL manager Jim Leyland of the Detroit Tigers. Leyland's coaching staff will also make the trip to Citi Field for the game.
National League coaches, as picked by manager Bruce Bochy of the San Francisco Giants, will be Terry Collins of the New York Mets and Davey Johnson of the Washington Nationals.
Pitcher Jose Contreras could be facing retirement after being released by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Contreras, 41, was let go to make room for Charlie Morton on the 40-man roster ... The Pirates also put pitcher A.J. Burnett on t he disabled list with a right calf strain ... Outfielder Rick Ankiel elected to become a free agent after being designated for assisgnment by the New York Mets. Ankiel has been cut by the Mets and Houston Astros this season ... Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg is expected to rejoin the rotation Sunday. Strasburg tested his injured lat by throwing a bullpen session and felt good afterwards ... The Milwaukee Brewers don't expect first baseman Corey Hart to come off the disabled list until after the all-star break. Hart hasn't played yet this season after having knee surgery.