Washington Nationals: With Jose Guillen's equipment-tossing tirade following his ejection Wednesday under review by the league office, Nationals manager Frank Robinson said he wished his right fielder used more restraint.
Guillen was thrown out for cursing from the dugout after being called out on strikes against the Mets. He then threw bats and other equipment on the field, which leaves him looking at the possibility of a fine or even a suspension.
"You'd like to see him a little bit more in control," Robinson told the Washington Post on Thursday, "and understand, especially in this situation, the importance of having everybody available here and not being without one of your better players for any type of time, even if it's one game."
Guillen was out of the lineup Thursday in part because of a tweaked hamstring, and Robinson said he didn't want to take a chance of playing him in the wet outfield. Guillen told the Post that he was "50-50" for Friday's game in San Diego, "which is good for me. I'll be in there."
Bob Watson, baseball's vice president for on-field operations, told the Post he is awaiting videos of both the Guillen incident and Robinson's ejection from Tuesday night. In that game, Robinson argued with the umpiring crew for roughly five minutes.
"I hope to have the video by the weekend," Watson said. "We'll see."
Detroit Tigers: Pitcher Jeremy Bonderman is expected to rejoin the team Friday in Anaheim, Calif., after attending to his brother John, who remained in serious condition at a Seattle hospital on Thursday, two days after surgery to remove a strep infection in his right arm.
The Detroit Free Press reported the story in Friday's editions.
Jeremy Bonderman is expected to throw in a bullpen session Friday, manager Alan Trammell told the newspaper, and might pitch in a four-game series against Kansas City that starts Monday.
According to a report, John Bonderman contracted the infection during a football game a week ago Friday and was hospitalized Tuesday. He is a senior linebacker at Pasco High School. The infection did not respond to antibiotics.
"The next step is to lose the arm, and that's what we're worried about right now," Jeremy Bonderman's younger brother Jeff was quoted as saying in the Tri-City (Wash.) Herald.
Houston shortstop Adam Everett will miss the
Astros' three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers after
returning to Georgia for his daughter's surgery.
Everett flew to Kennesaw, Ga. on Thursday night to be with his
wife, Jennifer, while their 8-month-old daughter, Peyton, had
The Astros did not say what kind of surgery was performed, but
it was pronounced a success. Everett is expected back Monday when
the team travels to Pittsburgh for a four-game series.
Right-hander Carlos Silva will have surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee "as
soon as possible," manager Ron Gardenhire said Friday.
The announcement officially ends the season for Silva, who was
diagnosed with the injury in April and had pitched with it until
Sunday, when he left Minnesota's 12-4 loss at Cleveland after allowing four runs and four hits in one inning.
"He understands that this is what we have to do to get ready
for next year," said Gardenhire, who added that the team and
Silva's agent, Peter Greenberg, would choose a surgeon in the
Silva finished the season 9-8 with a 3.44 ERA. He walked only .430 batters per nine innings (eight in 188 1-3 innings), the seventh-best ratio in baseball history.
Pittsburgh Pirates: Right-hander Bryan Bullington, the No. 1 pick in the June 2002 draft, was among five players called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates from Triple-A Indianapolis.
Also called up were left-hander Tom Gorzelanny and right-hander
Matt Capps, third baseman Jose Bautista and catcher Ronny Paulino.
Indianapolis was eliminated from the International League playoffs
Bullington, who turns 25 later this month, is expected to make
his major-league debut Sunday against the Reds. The Pirates already
have three other rookies in their rotation, left-handers Zach Duke
and Paul Maholm and right-hander Ian Snell.
Bullington, a former Kent State pitcher, was 9-5 with a 3.38 ERA
The Pirates lost Bautista in the December 2005 Rule Five draft,
but regained him late last season after he played for the Orioles,
Devil Rays and Royals in a span of four-plus months. He hit .205 in
64 games last season.
Bautista, Capps and Gorzelanny spent most of this season playing
below Triple-A. Bautista hit .283 with 23 homers and 90 RBI for
the Double-A Altoona Curve before batting .255 with one homer and
four RBI in 13 games with Indianapolis.
Capps was pitching for Single-A Hickory last month before being
moved up to Altoona and, later, Indianapolis. He had 14 saves in 35
games with Hickory and seven saves in 17 games with Altoona.
Gorzelanny was 8-5 with a 3.26 ERA in 23 games with Altoona.
The Pirates purchased the contracts of the three pitchers and
recalled Bautista and Paulino. To make room for the pitchers on
their 40-man roster, they released pitcher Corey Stewart,
designated outfielder Ray Sadler for assignment and moved
outfielder Chris Duffy from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.
Stewart was acquired with outfielder Jason Bay and left-hander
Oliver Perez from the Padres in the 2003 trade that sent Brian
Giles to San Diego.
Texas Rangers: The Mariners activated right-hander Gil Meche from the 15-day disabled list before Friday
night's game against the Texas Rangers.
Meche has been on the DL since Aug. 20 with tendinitis in his
right knee. He is 10-8 with a 5.23 ERA in 25 starts this season and
is second on the team in wins.
Colorado Rockies: Colorado starter Zach Day was knocked out of
Friday's game against Arizona on his second pitch when he took a
line drive off his pitching hand.
The right-hander threw a ball to Diamondbacks leadoff hitter
Craig Counsell with his first pitch. Counsell drove the next pitch
back to the mound about a foot above Day's knees, and Day
instinctively stopped the ball with his bare right hand, deflecting
it into his mitt.
He held onto the ball as he sank to the dirt in pain, recording
one out in his third start with the Rockies and eighth this season.
Day walked off the field and through the dugout on his own.
There was no immediate word on the extent of his injury.
Jose Acevedo replaced Day and allowed a double to Shawn Green
and a two-run homer to Tony Clark before getting out of the inning.
Day (1-3) was recalled Sept. 4 from Triple-A Colorado Springs
for a start against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In his next outing, he
went five innings against the Diamondbacks on Sept. 10 in Denver,
giving up six runs, including two homers, in an 8-5 loss.
The Rockies acquired Day and outfielder J.J. Davis from
Washington on July 13 for outfielder Preston Wilson and cash.
Los Angeles Dodgers:
Shortstop Cesar Izturis had ligament replacement surgery Friday on his troublesome right elbow, and the
Los Angeles Dodgers hope he will return by next year's All-Star
Izturis went on the disabled list Aug. 23 with arthritis in his
elbow and also a sprained lower back. An MRI exam of the elbow
The All-Star shortstop batted .257 with two home runs and 31
RBIs this season.
Cuba vs. South Korea in World Cup final
Defending champion Cuba beat
Panama 15-2 and South Korea beat the Netherlands 7-0 on Friday to
reach the Baseball World Cup final.
The final is on Saturday. South Korea was the last team to beat
Cuba for the title, in 1982.
Cuba's Michel Enriquez drove in five runs and Yuliesky Gourriel
hit a two-run homer, his tournament-leading eighth.
Yulieski Gonzalez didn't surrender a hit until Panama's Audes de
Leon hit a solo homer in the fifth inning. Gonzalez went 6 1/3
innings and struck out six. Yunesky Maya struck out the last two
hitters before the game was called at the end of the seventh on the
10-run mercy rule.
Panama had two relief pitchers ejected. After Ariel Pestano's
two-run homer for Cuba in the fifth, Panama's Gilberto Mendez hit
the first batter he faced, emptying both benches. Mendez was
ejected, and his replacement Euclides Bethancourt also hit the
first batter he faced and was ejected.
In the other semifinal, South Korea's Sang Hyeon Kim stunned
Dutch fans with a two-run double in the first inning. South Korea
added two runs in the fourth, and Sang Ho Chung hit another two-run
double in the fifth.
Dae Woo Kim gave up just two hits through eight innings. Closer
Won Sam Jang struck out two in the ninth.