Driving Lenny Dykstra

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Scott Engel of RotoExperts has an exclusive story in which he interviewed a guy Lenny Dykstra hired to drive him around New York for a few days.  That sounds like it might be a rather attenuated account of the Life of Dykstra, but the details in there paint a highly depressing picture that, in many ways, captures the fall-from-grace story of Nails in ways that the news reports to date haven’t:

Jerry finally spoke to Dykstra’s assistant on Sunday afternoon, and was informed that Dykstra was living on the streets and had not eaten in three days. The hotel staff did not even want him in their lounge. Dykstra spent the weekend on the streets, sleeping twice in a Kinko’s print shop.

Jerry informed his wife of the situation, and they made him a plate of leftovers from their Sunday family dinner. “When I saw him that night, he was wearing the same clothes from three days ago, and he ate the food like a ravaged animal. He scarfed everything down.”

Yikes.

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.