MLB notebook: Surgery to sideline Nationals' Harper until July
Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper reportedly is going to be sidelined at least until July because of surgery on his left thumb.
ESPN.com said the two-time All-Star will have the operation Tuesday.
Washington spokesman John Dever declined comment.
The Nationals placed Harper on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, saying he had a sprained left thumb.
Harper was hurt Friday night on a headfirst slide into third base on a triple against San Diego. He didn't leave the game until after the next inning.
Harper is hitting .289 with one home run and nine RBIs.
Reds seek clarification
The Reds are asking for more information from Major League Baseball about the replay dispute that led to Bryan Price's first ejection as manager.
Price was ejected during the first inning of Cincinnati's 1-0 loss in 10 innings at Atlanta on Sunday. Price asked for a replay after B.J. Upton was called safe at first base on Johnny Cueto's pickoff throw. First baseman Joey Votto caught the ball and swiped at Upton's hand before it touched the base.
The replay was deemed inconclusive and the call stood. Price came out to discuss it further and was ejected immediately.
The Reds sought clarification from MLB on Monday about why the replay was deemed inconclusive.
Price thought that the replay definitively showed that Upton was out.
“That was not explained,” Price said Monday before the start of a series against the Chicago Cubs.
“They had the one angle that everybody saw at the ballpark which was the only angle we saw, the one I thought supported our argument, which apparently it did not.”
Kershaw rehab continues
Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw will make one more rehab start before returning to the big league club, and he didn't hide his feelings as he voiced his displeasure at the move Sunday, ESPN.com reported.
Kershaw, who has lobbied to come off the disabled list this week, instead will start Wednesday for Class AA Chattanooga.
He was placed on the disabled list with inflammation in his back after his Opening Day start in Australia last month.
“Not really,” Kershaw said when asked if he was satisfied with the Dodgers' decision. “I did the best I could, but I'm not going to fight the team if everybody doesn't want me to do something. It's what they want me to do.”
Nats' Fister feels strong
Nationals starter Doug Fister, who has been on the disabled list all season, made his first rehab start on Sunday with Class A Potomac and said he “felt strong” after an outing where he allowed six hits in four innings, ESPN.com reported.
Fister struck out three and allowed three unearned runs. He threw 59 pitches, 42 for strikes.
Around the league
The Cardinals demoted struggling rookie Kolten Wong to the minors. Wong, the starting second baseman to open the season, and reserve outfielder Shane Robinson were optioned to Triple-A Memphis. ... The Astros have traded right-hander Lucas Harrell to the Diamondbacks for cash or a player to be named later. Harrell was designated for assignment on April 16 after opening the season 0-3 with a 9.49 ERA.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- MLB notebook: Tigers hire former Pirates GM Littlefield as scout
- MLB notebook: Pirates’ McCutchen named Sporting News All-Star
- Butler’s clutch hit keys Royals big inning in victory