MLB notes: Death of Braves fan ruled accidental

A moment of silence is held for Ronald Lee Homer, Jr., prior to the game between the Atlanta Braves...

A moment of silence is held for Ronald Lee Homer, Jr., prior to the game between the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies at Turner Field on August 13, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. Homer fell from the upper level into the players' parking lot on August 12, 2013, prior to the opening game of the series against the Phillies and died from his injuries. (AFP)

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Police ruled the fatal fall of a 29-year-old Atlanta Braves fan at Turner Field an accident Tuesday.

"At this time there is no indication of foul play, and the fall appears accidental," Atlanta police said in a statement.

Ronald Homer, of Conyers, Ga., fell about 65 feet from an upper-level platform to a parking lot, police said. There was no one near Homer when he fell during a rain delay in Monday's game between the Braves and Philadelphia Phillies, and the fall was not caught by security cameras.

Witnesses called police, who found him unconscious and not breathing. Emergency officials tried to revive Homer before he was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The police report did not describe what caused the fall and it is not yet known if Homer had been drinking, a medical examiner told Reuters.

Homer's mother, Connie, told WXIA, a television station in Atlanta, that her son was 6-foot-6 and may have lost his balance peering into the parking lot on the ground.

"I wouldn't be surprised if he was leaning over looking at the cars in the players' parking lot," she said, adding that she doubted her son was intoxicated.

The Braves had a moment of silence during Tuesday's game against the Phillies.

PRINCE PROBLEMS?

Detroit Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter may have inadvertently revealed that teammate Prince Fielder is dealing with off-the-field issues.

Speaking on Detroit's 105.1 FM Tuesday, Hunter praised Fielder's work ethic despite anything that might be going on in the first baseman's personal life.

"Prince is a strong guy, man. A lot of people don't know what's going on in his life." Hunter said. "He's out there every day, won't come out of the lineup, no matter what's going on off the field or on the field "¦ Us as players, we know what's really going on. And we appreciate him going out there every day, despite"¦"

Hunter then trailed off.

Fielder's numbers have taken a small dip this season. He's batting .261 with 17 home runs and 81 RBIs.

EYE SURGERY FOR UGGLA

After struggling with vision problems all season, Dan Uggla has finally seen the light.

The Atlanta Braves put the second baseman on the 15-day disabled list so he can have laser eye surgery to correct his vision and called up Tyler Pastornicky to replace him.

According to MLB.com, the club urged Uggla to have the surgery as far back as spring training.

Uggla is batting .186 with a league-high 146 strikeouts, including a .133 batting average and 30 strikeouts in 24 games since the all-star break.

NO MORE MANNY

Manny Ramirez's last chance at the majors may have passed him by.

The Texas Rangers released the 41-year-old slugger from their triple-A club Tuesday.

"Based on our evaluation, there was not a spot on the club for Manny at this time," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told reporters.

Ramirez hit .259 with three home runs in 30 games for Round Rock.

If this is it for the veteran, he ends his major-league career with a .312 batting average, 2,574 hits and 555 home runs.

BRIEFLY

Former big-league outfielder Chad Curtis' criminal sexual conduct trial is underway in Michigan. Curtis is accused of inappropriately touching girls between the ages of 13 and 16 while he was a volunteer weightlifting coach at a high school. He faces up to 15 years in prison ... New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey is expected to be shut down once he hits 200 innings, according to MLB.com. The 24-year-old started the All-Star Game for the National League and is 9-3 with a 2.09 ERA this season ... Texas Rangers lefty Matt Harrison has been shut down for the season. He hasn't pitched since April 6 due to back problems that required two surgeries ... San Diego Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin, out since June with a strained posterior cruciate ligament, suffered a setback in his rehab ... The Detroit Tigers purchased catcher Ronny Paulino's contract from the Baltimore Orioles ... Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez was activated from the disabled list.


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