Sure, Gary Sheffield would hit for you if you gave him a call

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Gary Sheffield made an appearance here an hour or so ago.  He says he was here because he serves as an advisor — not an agent, but an advisor — for a couple of young players. That makes sense. He was famous for not having his own agent and negotiating all of his deals himself, so I could see him representing other people.

Anyway, when asked in the hallway scrum if he was still wanting to play himself, Sheffield downplayed it.  Later, however, he told Steve Kornacki of MLive that, yeah, he’d like to come back and he’d like to play for the Rays.  Why? Because he wants to win.  Oh, and because he lives in Tampa.

I think someone should have gone after Sheffield last year because he was coming off a nice 2009 with the Mets.  One more year removed, however?  Eh. Non-roster invite at best. Make him show he can hit in spring training.  Nothing more.

Tim Beckham to miss six to seven weeks after undergoing core muscle surgery

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Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports that Orioles third baseman Tim Beckham underwent core muscle surgery in Philadelphia on Thursday and is expected to miss the next six to seven weeks.

Beckham, 28, was originally diagnosed with a strained left groin. He sustained the injury during spring training and reaggravated it on Monday against the Indians.

Beckham was off to a slow start, batting .179/.247/.262 in 93 plate appearances. Danny Valencia and Jace Peterson should handle the hot corner while Beckham is out.