Brian Bruney apologizes to K-Rod. He shouldn't have

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D.J. noted the Brian Bruney-Francisco Rodriguez dust-up yesterday. Seems like at least one of them want to make nice now:

Bruney said he had hoped to apologize for critical remarks he had made about Rodriguez on Saturday, but he never got the chance.

“He had some things he wanted to say and we’ll leave it at that.
Obviously, I probably shouldn’t have said what I said. I made that
mistake and I’ve learned from it. For me, it’s nothing personal with
Frankie. I’ve heard he’s a good dude. I’m sure he is. It really wasn’t
meant to be a personal attack. This is my apology to him.”

Bah. Bruney shouldn’t have apologized. Not necessarily because it was good
for him to call out Rodriguez like that (some things maybe are better
left unsaid), but because Rodriguez himself is on record saying he
doesn’t care what people say about his “tired act.” Here’s Rodriguez, after having his little celebration criticized by some White Sox players almost exactly a year ago:

I don’t care. Why would I care about that? I only care about my job.
I’m not changing it. I don’t care what people say. That’s my way.
People can say I’m arrogant, a (jerk), anything they want to say. But
me, I’m going to live my world. I don’t care what people think or say.”

I guess something happened since then to make him, you know, care.

Alex Dickerson to miss 2017 season after undergoing back surgery

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Padres’ outfielder Alex Dickerson won’t see PETCO Park anytime soon — at least, not as its starting left fielder. The 27-year-old was diagnosed with a bulging disc in his lower back prior to the start of the 2017 season, and hasn’t made any kind of substantial progress in the months since. According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, he suffered a setback in his recovery process last week and is set to undergo a season-ending discectomy next Wednesday.

Over 285 plate appearances, Dickerson batted .257/.333/.455 with 10 home runs and a .788 OPS for the Padres in 2016. He missed several days with a right hip contusion last July, but hasn’t experienced any substantial health problems since undergoing surgery in 2014 to repair a torn ligament in his left ankle.

The expected recovery period for lower back surgery is 3-4 months, according to Lin, which puts Dickerson’s estimated return just a few days before the end of the regular season. The Padres aren’t scraping the bottom of the NL West, but their 29-44 record doesn’t bode well for a postseason run this year. Assuming Dickerson rehabs his back in a timely manner, he should be in fine form to enter the competition for left field next spring.

Video: Hanley Ramirez’s No. 250 career home run barely left the field

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Hanley Ramirez played a pivotal role during the Red Sox’ 9-4 win over the Angels on Friday night, crushing a two-run homer off of Alex Meyer to bring the Sox up to a four-run lead in the fourth inning.

Well, crushed might be the wrong word. The ball cleared the right field fence with a mere 350 feet, landing just beyond Pesky’s Pole to bring Ramirez’s career home run total to an even 250.

According to the ESPN Home Run Tracker, Ramirez’s milestone blast wasn’t the shortest home run of the year — not by a long shot. That distinction currently belongs to Rays’ outfielder Corey Dickerson, who skimmed the left field fence at Rogers Centre with a 326-foot homer back in April.