MLB notebook: Braves GM says his Harper tweet 'inappropriate'
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, 7:54 p.m.
• Braves general manager Frank Wren said a tweet from the team directed at Bryce Harper was “an inappropriate attempt at humor.” The Braves' official Twitter account posted “Clown move bro” after the Nationals' slugger was angered over being drilled in the leg by Julio Teheran on Tuesday. It was a reference to Harper's famous retort to a reporter, “That's a clown question, bro.” Harper had homered in his previous at-bat. After he was hit, both benches and bullpens emptied, but no punches were thrown.
• New York City police are investigating swastikas and hate speech scrawled on a statue of Jackie Robinson and a teammate outside Brooklyn's minor league baseball stadium.
• CBSsports.com reported the Phillies and second baseman Chase Utley, 34, agreed on a two-year, $27 million extension.
• Phillies ace Roy Halladay is set to take the next step in his return from shoulder surgery and will pitch a simulated game Saturday in Clearwater, Fla. Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, is 2-4 with an 8.65 ERA in seven starts this season.
• Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez missed his third straight start with a shoulder injury, but the team remained confident he wouldn't need to go on the 15-day disabled list.
• Carlos Gonzalez was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Rockies because the All-Star left fielder has seen little improvement in his sprained right middle finger.
• The Tigers released veteran closer Jose Valverde from his contract with Triple-A Toledo. He went 0-1 with a 5.59 ERA for the Tigers, converting nine saves in 12 chances.
• The Indians signed utilityman Ryan Raburn to a two-year, $4.85 million extension with a club option for 2016. Raburn is batting .277 with 13 homers and 38 RBI in 66 games.
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