Mejia says shoulder is fine, plans to play winter ball

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Mets right-hander Jenrry Mejia left his Wednesday start against the Pirates in the third inning after feeling some pain in the area of his shoulder, and it was announced this morning that he will be shut down for the rest of the 2010 season.

But it’s not all bad news for the 20-year-old prospect.

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York caught up with Mejia Thursday, and it sure sounds like the injury is far from serious.

“It wasn’t a real bad pain,” Mejia said in Spanish. “I just wanted to be
careful so I didn’t make it worse than what it was. It’s better to know
it’s nothing that requires surgery or anything like that.”

Mejia said he expects the injury to heal in time for him to pitch for Licey in this year’s Dominican Winter League.  If all goes well there in his native country, and he follows it up with a strong spring training, the youngster will almost certainly open the 2011 season as a member of the Mets’ starting rotation.

He posted a 4.62 ERA, 1.69 WHIP and 22/20 K/BB ratio over 39 big-league innings this year.

Rangers sign Josh Hamilton to a minor league deal

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The Texas Rangers have signed Josh Hamilton to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Not at all surprising. The Rangers released Hamilton last August, but that was simply to make some room on the 40-man roster. His season was already toast due to the surgery he underwent to repair lateral and meniscus cartilage in his left knee which had the added bonus of revealing that he had an ACL injury as well, which required reconstruction. At the time of his release both he and the Rangers made noises about him coming back on a minor league deal in 2017.

Hamilton turns 36 in May. The smart money has it that his big league career is over, but Hamilton would be silly to retire given that he is owed $30 million this coming season. That the Angels are paying $26.41 million of that makes it far less painful for the Rangers as well. If he can hit in the spring, hey, let him DH some and pay him low money. If not, no skin off of anyone’s nose. He can request a release on April 1 if he hasn’t made the big league roster.

A-Rod to host a reality show featuring broke ex-athletes

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Alex Rodriguez’s transition into retirement has featured a serious move into the business world. He has gone back to school, worked seriously on investments and has started his own corporation. Yes, he’s set for life after making more money than any baseball player in history, but even if his bank account wasn’t fat, you get the sense that he’d be OK given what we’ve seen of his work ethic and savvy in recent years.

He’s going to be getting another paycheck soon, though. For hosting a reality show featuring athletes who are not in as good a financial shape as A-Rod is:

Interesting. Hopefully, like so many other reality shows featuring the formerly rich and famous, this one is not exploitative. Not gonna hold my breath because that’s what that genre is all about, unfortunately, but here’s hoping A-Rod can help some folks with this.