Posted on: June 9, 2010 9:14 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2010 9:19 pm

Zaun to have season-ending surgery

Brewers catcher Gregg Zaun will have season-ending surgery on his shoulder on Tuesday to repair a torn labrum. Zaun, 39, says he hopes to be able to return in 2011.

"I wanted to feel good about my chances of coming back to play in 2011, and everybody tells me that this rehab is six months," Zaun told . "I'm not unrealistic. I know that next year, whether it's here or somewhere else, I'm going to be the kind of guy who is ready to play the opening day of Spring Training. So I need the extra time, and it was fish or cut-bait time for me. I needed to make a decision."

Zaun was hitting .265 when he went on the disabled list last month.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 9, 2010 8:53 pm

White Sox GM: 'changes need to be made'

The White Sox have started the season 24-33 and general manager Kenny Williams tells the Chicago Sun-Times , "Some changes need to take place."

Williams expanded, "I don't know what and I don't when but some changes need to take place. Things aren't happening the way that we envisioned and when they don't happen the way you envision you've got to make an adjustment."

Williams wouldn't say he's ready for a full-on fire sale, but did say, "I have to listen. It's not that I want to, but I'm not blind."

The White Sox have a $103 million payroll, and among those who could be shipped off are first baseman Paul Konerko (in the final year of a five-year, $60 million contract), catcher A.J. Pierzynski (third year of a three-year, $18.35 million contract), reliever Bobby Jenks (on a one-year, $7.5 million contract) and reliever Scott Linebrink (third year of a four-year, $19 million contract).

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 9, 2010 8:25 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:12 pm

Familiar surnames in draft

Through 50 rounds of the MLB Draft, several familiar names -- or at least last names -- are picked . Among those kin to current or former big-leaguers drafted:

• Delino Deshields Jr. (1st round, Astros), son of Delino Deshields.
• Cam Bedrosian (1st round, Angels), son of Steve Bedrosian.
• Kellen Sweeney (2nd round, Blue Jays), brother of Mark Sweeney.
• Mel Rojas Jr. (3rd round, Pirates), son of Mel Rojas.
• Cory Vaughn (4th round, Mets), son of Greg Vaughn.
• James Baldwin III (4th round, Dodgers), son of James Baldwin.
• Dickie Thon Jr. (5th round, Blue Jays), son of Dickie Thon.
• Connor Narron (5th round, Orioles), son of Jerry Narron.
• Drew Cisco (6th round, Reds), grandson of Galen Cisco.
• Patrick Leyland (8th round, Tigers), son of Jim Leyland.
• Benjamin Gamel (9th round, Yankees), brother of Mat Gamel.
• JaDamion Williams (10th round, Twins), son of Reggie Williams.
• Reggie Williams Jr. (10th round, Cardinals), son of Reggie Williams.
• Hunter Jones (11th round, Indians), son of Tracy Jones.
• Josh Magee (18th round, Astros), son of Wendell Magee.
• Dillon Moyer (22nd round, Twins), son of Jamie Moyer.
• Ozney Guillen (22nd round, White Sox), son of Ozzie Guillen.
• Mark Tracy (22nd round, Rockies), son of Jim Tracy.
• Bryan Harper (28th round, Cubs), brother of Bryce Harper.
• Brett Bochy (30th round, Giants), son of Bruce Bochy.
• Benito Santiago Jr. (31st round, Cubs), son of Benito Santiago.
• Andy Fermin (32nd round, Blue Jays), son of Felix Fermin.
• Devon Ethier (32nd round, Dodgers), brother of Andre Ethier.
• Logan Thompson (33rd round, Indians), son of Robby Thompson.
• Andrew Benes (35th round, Cardinals), son of Andy Benes, nephew of Alan Benes.
• Bobby Geren (36th round, A's), son of Bob Geren.
• Jake May (39th round, Reds), grandson of Lee May.
• Bo McClendon (39th round, Tigers), son of Lloyd McClendon.
• John Franco (42nd round, Mets), son of John Franco.
• Chad Wallach (43rd round, Dodgers), son of Tim Wallach.
• Benjamin Verlander (46th round, Tigers), brother of Justin Verlander.
• Joesph Jackson (50th round, Royals), great-great-grandnephew of "Shoeless" Joe Jackson.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 9, 2010 7:24 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2010 7:31 pm

Mets-Padres rained out too

The Mets-Padres game at Citi Field has been postponed. The two teams will play a day-night doubleheader on Thursday.

The teams had a 1:10 p.m. game scheduled for Thursday, and added the nightcap to make up tonight's game. Wednesday's scheduled starters, Mat Latos and Johan Santana will start the early game.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 9, 2010 7:16 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2010 7:20 pm

Marlins-Phillies postponed

The Marlins-Phillies game in Philadelphia tonight was postponed and will be made up during the Marlins' trip to Philadelphia in September .

The Marlins' Josh Johnson and Phillies' Roy Halladay will both be pushed back to Thursday night's game.

It is the second rainout of the season for the Marlins, who also had a game against the Rockies rained out in April that was made up the next day as part of a doubleheader.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 9, 2010 6:39 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2010 6:50 pm

Suspended Volquez to start rehab assignment

Reds starter Edinson Volquez, currently serving a 50-game suspension, will start Saturday for the Lychburg Hillcats as part of a rehabilitation assignment, according to's Mark Sheldon .

The suspension, for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, will not impact his ability to play in minor league games. Volquez, an All-Star in 2008, underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Aug. 3, 2009. Volquez has not thrown in a game since last June.

Although he's suspended for testing positive for PEDs, Volquez was allowed to continue his rehab at the Reds' facilities in Goodyear, Ariz., and will be eligible to return from his suspension next week, although his rehab will likely take longer than that.

Volquez could be used as a reliever upon his return to help the Reds' ailing bullpen or he could return later and take some of the pressure off of rookie starter Mike Leake, who has already thrown 73 innings this season, more than half of the 142 innings he threw at Arizona State last season. Leake bypassed the minor leagues and the Reds are closely monitoring his pitch counts and the number of innings he's thrown.

Another Reds starter, Homer Bailey, started for Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday night and could return for his spot in the rotation on Sunday aganst the Royals. Reds manager Dusty Baker told reporters before the game that no decision has been made on Sunday's starter. If Bailey isn't ready, Sam LeCure will start against Kansas City's Zack Grienke.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 9, 2010 5:48 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2010 5:50 pm

Cubs put Ramirez on DL, promote Tracy

The Cubs put third baseman Aramis Ramirez on the disabled list today, hoping some time off will allow his bruised left thumb to heal. The thumb has been bothering Ramirez -- who is batting just .168 -- for much of the season. He had sat out the past two games.

Taking his spot on the roster is infielder Chad Tracy, recalled from Triple-A Iowa. Tracy was with the Cubs early in the season and optioned out May 7. Since then he's been on a tear for Iowa, batting .396 in 26 games.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 9, 2010 4:21 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2010 4:29 pm

Did Dodgers tank pick?

It's becoming obvious that the Dodgers have almost no chance of signing their top pick, Texas high school right-hander Zach Lee . Some Dodgers fans are wondering whether that was their intention.

The Dodgers are mired in a financial mess stemming from the bitter divorce between owner Frank McCourt and former club president Jamie McCourt. So it sure would be helpful not to have to shell out for a first-round signing bonus, wouldn't it? At least that's the cynical view.

Dodgers assistant GM Logan White told reporters the team is committed to signing Lee.

"I know this, I'm optimistic we’re going to make our best effort, definitely our best effort, to get out there and get this done," White said. "I understand the concern. I’ve always tried to take the best player."

Lee was, by most accounts, indeed the best player on the board when the Dodgers picked 28th. He was still there because he has a firm commitment to play quarterback and pitch at LSU. He was seen as unsignable, and even if someone could pry him away from his college plans, it would take a lot more than 28th-pick bonus money to do it. If the Dodgers don't sign Lee, they get a compensatory pick in the sandwich round next year, so they lose next to nothing.

LSU football coach Les Miles released a statement saying he had met with Lee on draft day and that Lee was not only coming to LSU, he had already enrolled in summer classes. Baseball coach Paul Mainieri told the Times-Picayune that he had no doubt Lee was coming to Baton Rouge.

"To my knowledge, they (the Dodgers) had not had any conversations with him about whether he was signable," Mainieri said. "He probably had the reputation of being the toughest to sign in the country. His asking price was through the roof. He doesn't believe they are going to give him that ... why would the Dodgers take him?"

That's the question a lot of people are asking today.

-- David Andriesen

Category: MLB
Tags: Dodgers, Zach Lee
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