Royals prospect Wil Myers sidelined with knee infection

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One of the game’s top outfield prospects, Wil Myers, is expected to miss another 10-12 days after going on the disabled list Sunday with a knee infection, the Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton reports.

The 20-year-old Myers, who moved from catcher to right field this season, is hitting .284/.357/.392 in 74 at-bats as one of the youngest players in the Texas League.  He excelled last year, batting .315/.429/.506 while splitting time between low-A Burlington and high-A Wilmington.

With a big season in Double-A this year, the thinking was that Myers might be ready to step into the Kansas City outfield in 2012.   That’s still possible, but he is going to have to show more power.  Plus, the Royals may have some interest in re-signing Jeff Francoeur if things continue as is.

Former Mets pitcher Anthony Young dies at 51

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Former Mets pitcher Anthony Young died on Tuesday at the age of 51, the team said. Young was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in February.

Young, 51, pitched parts of six seasons in the majors from 1991-96. He began his big league career with the Mets in 1991 and stayed with the team through ’93. He famously failed to win a game between April 24, 1992 and July 24, 1993. During that span of time, he went 0-27. It was a great example, even back then, of the uselessness of won-lost records. Young posted a respectable 4.17 ERA in ’92 and 3.77 in ’93.

Former pitcher Turk Wendell, who was Young’s teammate with the Cubs in 1994-95, called Young “a true gentleman.”

Blue Jays designate Jason Grilli for assignment

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The Blue Jays announced on Tuesday that the club designated reliever Jason Grilli for assignment as part of a handful of roster moves. Outfielder Dwight Smith was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo, outfielder Ezequiel Carrera was activated from the 10-day disabled list, and pitcher Chris Smith was recalled from Buffalo as well.

Grilli, 40, struggled to a 6.97 ERA with a 23/9 K/BB ratio in 20 2/3 innings of work this season in Toronto. The right-hander similarly struggled in the first half last year with the Braves before being acquired by the Jays but Grilli’s role had diminished and most of the rest of the bullpen has been pulling its weight.

Grilli should draw some interest — perhaps from the Nationals — as his peripheral stats suggest he’s not nearly as bad as his ERA suggests.