Achilles' tendon intact for gimpy Jim Edmonds

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Even if it’s only hanging by a thread.
Jim Edmonds, who thought he had finally blew out his troublesome right Achilles’ tendon in a home run trot Tuesday, had tests come back negative today, leaving open the possibility that he could play again this season.
“It didn’t blow out or tear,” he told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “So it’s not over yet.”
Edmonds has been dealing with pain in the area for more than four months now, and while the prudent thing for any athlete in his situation to do would be to shut it down, he intends to keep doing what he can, in part since he’s planning to retire at season’s end anyway.
Manager Dusty Baker gave no indication Wednesday of when he might try to work Edmonds back in. It might be that the 40-year-old first baseman-outfielder will be limited to pinch-hitting duties for now. Edmonds has started just two games since coming off the DL last week, but he’s 4-for-7 with two homers. Overall, he’s batting .276/.342/.504 in 246 at-bats this season.

Brandon McCarthy wins final spot in Dodgers’ rotation

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We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.

McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.

Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.