Frank McCourt is MIA

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So says T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times.  McCourt hasn’t been around the team’s offices, Simers says, has no comments on any baseball moves and has not been handling the day-to-day operations of the club.  Simers doesn’t say how different than this is from previous offseasons (though he does suggest, in his T.J. Simersish fashion that it is, in fact, different), but for a guy whose financial future depends on a court saying that he’s THE owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, you’d think he’d at least try to look busy or something.

The real question of course — and one it would be nice to have McCourt around to answer — is whether the current pleas of poverty by McCourt mean that the Dodgers are going to do anything this winter except give raises to their arbitration eligible players.

Assuming they can even do that.

Video: Gift Ngoepe singles in his first major league at-bat

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Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.

Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.

Shelby Miller getting third opinion on elbow from Dr. James Andrews

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Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.

Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.

The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.