Frank McCourt has a pretty spiffy malpractice suit heating up

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Saw this coming since September:  Frank McCourt has fired his old law firm and his old law firm has hired its own law firm that specializes in defending legal malpractice suits.

This all the result of Jamie McCourt winning the battle over that marital property agreement that was supposed to have the Dodgers being Frank’s sole property but, because of some document switcheroo, ended up being held a nullity and the Dodgers rendered joint property of the McCourts.

As I said at the time, I believe Frank’s old lawyer when he says that he was just trying to make the replaced document conform to the couples’ wishes. A simple mistake and then a harmless fix, right?  But, sadly for him, Frank and his law firm, you can’t just go switching out legal documents like that. Or, at the very least you should destroy the old superseded version.*

The upshot of all of this is that, eventually, Frank is going to have help paying Jamie off to settle the divorce. Help from his old law firm in the form of a malpractice suit settlement.   I suppose that’s depressing on some level, but it could be worse.

*Note: that’s still wrong, but hey, at least no one is getting caught then!

Video: Gift Ngoepe singles in his first major league at-bat

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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.

Shelby Miller getting third opinion on elbow from Dr. James Andrews

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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.