McGwire on his brother's book: "It's a sad, sad day for my family."

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Things Mark McGwire said about his brother’s new book while looking meaningfully at Al Neri:

“I took care of him for a number of years. I guess this is what I get
for payback. It’s sort of sad. It’s a sad day for
my family. I don’t know how a family member can do that . . . I thought I could trust.  You think you could trust (family).”

He went to say that he doesn’t plan to see his brother ever again.  Harsh.  But maybe they’ll reconcile and Jay can teach Mark’s son how to fish by saying Hail Marys or whatever.

Daniel Murphy had microfracture surgery on his right knee

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The Nationals announced today that second baseman Daniel Murphy had surgery on his right knee. The surgery: a debridement and microfracture procedure, which is pretty major.

The team’s comment about Murphy’s prognosis makes it sound major too: “rehab will begin immediately and will progress throughout the offseason.” No timetable. Just that it “will progress.” Well, I’d hope so. Let’s see if he’s ready for spring training.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, hit 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI. Assuming he’s ready for the 2018 season, he’ll ply his trade for a new manager.