It was White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf’s birthday yesterday. Ozzie Guillen got all sentimental:
“As soon as he dies, I’ll get the [bleep] out.”
Seriously, though, Ozzie has much love for Reinsdorf:
“I think I love Jerry, and he knows it, he’s like a father to
everyone here. He’s not just my boss. I think the reason I have a great life and the
reason why I really take care of all my family is because of him. He
means a lot to us. I thank God for my dad but I think my real dad is
Jerry. He spent the most money (on) me. My dad gave me a couple dollars
– Jerry’s made me rich.”
Feel the love.
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.
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.