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MLB notebook: Former Dodgers, A's hurler Welch dies at 57

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By The Associated Press
Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 8:06 p.m.
 

OAKLAND, Calif. — Bob Welch, the 1990 AL Cy Young Award winner of the Athletics and the last major leaguer to win at least 25 games in a season, has died. He was 57.

Welch died Monday night at his home in Seal Beach, Calif., the team said Tuesday.

Police said officers responded to a call for medical aid and found Welch dead in the bathroom area.

No cause of death was released. The coroner was awaiting toxicology test results, which can take eight to 12 weeks, said Lt. Jeffrey Hallock, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Welch was an admitted alcoholic early in his career and spent time in rehabilitation. He co-authored a book in 1981 with George Vecsey about his addiction titled “Five O'Clock Comes Early: A Ballplayer's Battle With Alcoholism.”

The right-hander played on five teams that reached the World Series (1978, 1981, 1988, 1989 and 1990) and won two titles, one in 1981 with the Dodgers and another in 1989 with the Athletics.

Welch's most memorable moment for Los Angeles was in the 1978 World Series, when the 21-year-old rookie struck out Yankees slugger Reggie Jackson with two runners on base to end Game 2.

Machado suspended 5 games

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado received a five-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for tossing his bat in Sunday's game against Oakland.

He appealed the suspension, which was scheduled to start immediately. Machado was in the starting lineup Tuesday against Boston.

Harvey likely won't pitch this year

The next phase in New York Mets ace Matt Harvey's rehabilitation from elbow reconstruction surgery is being pushed back, and the All-Star right-hander is becoming more realistic about his chances of pitching in the major leagues this year.

Harvey was supposed to throw off a slope for the first time Tuesday, but he was told last week the plan was being scrapped.

Manager Terry Collins, who was given a vote of confidence from GM Sandy Alderson with the Mets on a six-game skid, said he wouldn't expect Harvey to pitch in the final week of the season unless the Mets were in contention.

Around the league

Lonnie Chisenhall's bat is headed to the Hall of Fame. The Indians third baseman went 5 for 5 and hit three homers while driving in nine runs on Monday night. ... Joe Garagiola will receive the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award in absentia. The 88-year-old Garagiola said he's been advised by doctors not to travel because of health concerns and won't attend Hall of Fame weekend.

 

 
 


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