Matt Stairs was content to be a high school hockey coach back home in Maine this past winter, but he got on Nutri-System, lost 40 pounds and found the spark to come back and make the Padres out of camp. Rather than a last hurrah, Staris tells MLB.com’s Corey Brock that he’d like to play one or two more years.
I suppose it’s possible he could do it too. He hasn’t had a great season, even in his limited role (.227/.303/.455), but he has a little power left and he can even flash some occasional leather. For him anyway.
What he really has going for him, I think, is that every single thing I’ve ever read or heard about him suggests that people just like him and want him in the clubhouse. That only goes so far — Brad Ausmus probably stretches the limits of the concept — but as long as you can do one or two competent things on a diamond, it can get you a roster spot.
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.