Nyjer Morgan's appeal pushed back; Pat Listach suspended


Nyjer Morgan was supposed to have the appeal to his last suspension heard on Tuesday.  Bill Ladson is reporting that that Major League Baseball has bumped it back to next Friday, however. I guess the giant paddle with which they plan to spank him isn’t back from the woodworking shop yet.

In other news, Morgan’s valet and manager, Mr. Fuji, er, I mean Nats’ third base coach Pat Listach was suspended three games today for doing the uncoachmanslike thing of jumping on Chris Volstad during the fight.  Of course, Ladson characterizes his role as “going into the pile trying to protect Morgan.”

You say “tomato,” I say “the Nats’ talking points, devised in a vain attempt to keep Listach from getting suspended.”

Rafael Montero to have Tommy John surgery

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Mets pitcher Rafael Montero will undergo Tommy John surgery.

Montero felt some discomfort after his latest Grapefruit League appearance. This morning he was diagnosed with a complete tear of the UCL in his right elbow. He’ll now miss all of the 2018 season and most of the first half of the 2019 season.

Montero, 27, was once a top pitching prospect. He performed swingman duties for the Mets last year, starting in 18 games and relieving in 16. He wasn’t too successful in that role — his ERA was 5.52 in 2017 — but he was battling for a spot in the Mets’ bullpen this spring.